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Cavs and Celtics discussing trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, report says

Cavs and Celtics discussing trade involving Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, report says

An already crazy NBA offseason just took a wild turn, as multiple reports have the Cavaliers and Celtics engaged in trade talks involving star point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas.

Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports first reported the news:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN then added more details:


It all makes sense that the Celtics would be a good fit to trade for Irving, at least in theory. The Celtics have a lot to offer, including Thomas who could play a similar role as Irving in Cleveland. The fact the two top teams in the East that met in the conference finals last spring would engage in such a blockbuster deal, however, is a bit surprising.

As Wojnarowski says, Jae Crowder is expected to be a part of the deal if it goes down. If Cleveland were to bring in both Thomas and Crowder, they could conceivably be even better this upcoming season than they were before. That would be great for their title hopes.

As for what this deal means beyond 2017-18, it would all depend on if they can re-sign Thomas, who has just one year left on his deal, and what type of draft picks they receive. Crowder is a fine player, but he's not going to help much if LeBron James leaves one summer from now.

Also worth noting is the fact Thomas is still technically recovering from a labrum tear in his right hip. He was shut down during the conference finals and is due for more testing in early September.

This is all fascinating to watch from a Wizards' perspective, of course. Their rival Celtics have already gutted half their roster from last year and may have more moves to make. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers are the top team in the East that everyone is trying to knock off. This deal could make them even better, or the disruption in chemistry could open the door for others to break through and win the conference.

As for the Wizards-Celtics rivalry, it could get even better with this deal. John Wall is good friends with Thomas. He's friendly with Irving, too, but they are a great matchup as star guards and former No. 1 overall picks. People have debated who's better for years and that would be intensified if they were on rival teams.



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Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Scott Brooks feels good about John Wall and Bradley Beal's All-Star chances

Voting for the 2018 NBA All-Star Game's starters is now closed and though they have not fared well with fan ballots, the chances Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal are picked as reserves seem good.

The All-Star reserves are chosen by NBA head coaches and Wizards head coach Scott Brooks thinks the Wizards should have two representatives.

"They're definitely both having All-Star years," Brooks said. "I can't vote for either one, but they are definitely in my mind two of the best guards in the East."

Wall, 27, is averaging 19.9 points and leads the Eastern Conference with 9.3 assists per game. He also leads all NBA guards with 1.1 blocks per game.

Bradley Beal, 24, is seventh in the East with 23.7 points per game and third among Eastern Conference guards. He is averaging a career-high 4.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.


The 25-19 Wizards are currently in the playoff picture, which should help their cause for two All-Stars. But there is a lot of competition at the guard position.

Beal has done plenty to make the case he should be a first-time All-Star. He leads the Wizards in points and has played in every one of their games.

What could hold Wall back is that his numbers are down from last season and the fact he missed 11 games due to injury.

Brooks, though, thinks he should be in there and that it shouldn't be all that close.

"I think John is the best point guard in the East," he said.

Wall is certainly up there among the best point guards in the conference. His competition would be guys like Kyrie Iriving, Kyle Lowry and maybe Ben Simmons. Wall is a more versatile player than Irving and has better numbers than Lowry or Simmons.

The All-Star starters are announced on Jan. 18 and the full rosters will be revealed on Jan. 23. We'll see if Wall and Beal make the cut.


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:


3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.