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Cavs tried to trade Kyrie Irving to Warriors for Klay Thompson, report says

Cavs tried to trade Kyrie Irving to Warriors for Klay Thompson, report says

The Cavaliers ultimately got a lot in return for Kyrie Irving, a star point guard who wanted out after helping lead Cleveland to three straight NBA Finals appearances. But before they struck a deal with the Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and others, the Cavs reportedly tried for Klay Thompson of the Warriors.

Yes, the two teams that have met in the NBA Finals three straight times discussed a potential blockbuster. Marc Spears of ESPN's The Undefeated reported the would-be trade, saying Cavs GM Kobi Altman "did call the uninterested Warriors about Klay Thompson, a source said."

Well, wouldn't that have been interesting? From Cleveland's perspective, it would have been a great trade. Thompson could co-exist with LeBron James and Kevin Love, and one could argue he's a better player than Irving is. 

From the Warriors' side of things, that trade would have been a potential disaster. Irving would have needed to play alongside Stephen Curry and, though they would be amazing on offense, defense would be a completely different issue. Thompson works perfectly with Curry because he can not only score, but he's among the best defensive guards in the business. 

Beyond all those things, would the Warriors really want to switch it up now after winning their second title in three years? Nice try, Cleveland.

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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

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Best moments from the Wizards' win over the Clippers, including some big dunks

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 100-91 win over the Clippers on Friday night...

1. This game got started much like the previous one did, on Wednesday when the Wizards and Grizzlies couldn't buy a bucket. But the offense got going sooner than later and for the Wizards that breakout came with back-to-back threes.

Mike Scott hit the first one and Bradley Beal quickly followed up with the second one:

2. Beal ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds. His best play of the night was this stepback jumper over Sam Dekker that had the Wizards' bench going nuts. Keep an eye on John Wall's hopping celebration:

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3. Scott kept it going and finished with a team-high 22 points. Scott has had an impressive season and this may have been his best play so far.

Scott got open on fastbreak and threw down his best dunk of the year:

4. Wall had a modest night of 15 points and five assists as he continues to work within a minutes restriction. But he did get in some nice highlights including this block:

5. The Clippers made it interesting by tying it up several times in the fourth quarter, but the Wizards pulled away in the final five minutes, including this four-point play by Kelly Oubre, Jr., who ended up with eight points and seven rebounds:

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Finally healthy, Mike Scott continues to be the surprise of the Wizards' 2017-18 season

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Finally healthy, Mike Scott continues to be the surprise of the Wizards' 2017-18 season

Nothing about the 2017-18 season for the Washington Wizards so far has been more surprising than the emergence of Mike Scott, a six-year NBA veteran who through two months is on pace to have the best season of his NBA career after overcoming considerable odds to regain his form.

Scott continued to boost the Wizards with 22 points in a win against the Clippers on Friday night. That matched a season-high and his most since April of 2014. 

In his past six games, Scott has piled up 80 points on a ridiculous 34-for-43 (79 percent) from the field. Scott admits it's the best stretch of his career and he's even surprising himself.

"I honestly didn't think I'd be shooting or playing like this, either," he said.

No one can blame Scott for not expecting this. The chances of him reaching this point seemed slim just months ago.

Scott was once a rotation mainstay with the Atlanta Hawks after joining them as a 2012 second round pick out of the University of Virginia. By his third season Scott was an important bench piece for a 60-win team on one of the deepest rosters in the NBA.

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But then several events happened that threatened Scott's NBA career. He had a host of injuries to his left leg beginning in the 2014-15 season, including to his toe, ankle and knee. Scott had surgery to repair his left ankle in July of 2015 and afterwards had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment to help it heal.

It was a long road back to this point, but now he's healthy and able to be himself on the court.

"My ankle's feeling great, my knee's feeling great, my leg is feeling great," he said, noting he's the healthiest he's been since 2014. "I was telling one of my friends [over the summer] that if I'm healthy, everything else will take care of itself."

Throughout his injury saga, matters were complicated by a felony drug arrest in July of 2015. That took two years to settle and it helped contribute to a down season in 2015-16 and the worst year of his career in 2016-17.

Though he beat the case, the potential of a decades-long prison sentence weighed on him. Meanwhile he spent time in the D-League, was traded to the Phoenix Suns and subsequently waived.

"I rested my body and sulked. The court stuff wasn't over yet," he said. "I just sulked and got down on myself."

Scott's weight ballooned to 268 pounds. Sensing his NBA career was in the balance, Scott turned to two men to help him get back on track; a basketball coach named Mark Edwards and a trainer who goes by the alias Mr. Shut Up and Train. His real name is Rahman Grayson and he's worked with other NBA players like Jaylen Brown.

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In Scott, Mr. Shut Up and Train - the nickname is too good not to use - has quite the success story. He helped Scott drop 30 pounds in a matter of months, just in time to work out for the Wizards and earn a veteran's minumum contract worth $1.7 million.

The deal was basically a lottery ticket for the Wizards. They knew the player Scott once was and needed help on their bench. It was low risk, but potentially high reward.

So far they are getting the latter. Scott is averaging 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and is shooting a career-best 57.2 percent from the field and 41.5 percent from three.

"He's great. He's a warrior," guard Bradley Beal said. "We played against him in the past and he hurt us in some ways, but we're happy to have him for sure."

Beal, though, has just one bone to pick. Back in 2015, Scott dunked on Beal in Atlanta and Beal still isn't quite over it. Now they have lockers close to each other in the Wizards' locker room.

"I was a fan of him, but I didn't like when he dunked on me a couple years ago. I gotta sit next to him and deal with it all the time," Beal said.

And on Friday night against L.A., Scott threw one down that caused flashbacks for Beal.

"Even tonight, the dunk he had, I said 'you've gotta get a new dunk' because that brings back some bad memories," Beal said.

Beal and the Wizards are just glad Scott is on their side now. Scott is reviving his career and it just happens to be with the team located not far from where he grew up in Chesapeake, Va.

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