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Mark Wahlberg strikes deal to make movie about Caron Butler's life

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Mark Wahlberg strikes deal to make movie about Caron Butler's life

Mark Wahlberg -- actor, producer, Funky Bunch ringleader and die-hard Boston sports fan -- could soon be adding another project to resume: The movie version of Caron Butler's autobiography, Tuff Juice: My Journey from the Streets to the NBA

Wahlberg has reached a deal with the Kings forward to finance and produce his biopic, according to a Tuesday press release

Tuff Juice tells the story of Butler's journey from a gang-affiliated youth on the streets of Racine, Wisconsin, to a successful NBA career spanning 14 seasons.

Perhaps the most dramatic section of the memoir deals with Butler's time as a Wizard, where he was present for the locker room altercation that culminated in Javaris Crittendon pointing a loaded gun at Gilbert Arenas. Both players were suspended for the remainder of the season. 

So how did Wahlberg become involved? He and Butler became friends in 2011 while the veteran forward was playing for the Clippers. When Tuff Juice was published, Butler sent Wahlberg a copy. 

“[Caron is] a perfect example to all the young kids growing up in tough neighborhoods to never give up on your dreams," the Wahlberg said. 

The actor/producer knows about overcoming rough beginnings from personal experience. As an adolescent, he became involved with drugs and gangs. His life of crime culminated in a felony assault conviction and two years in prison before he was able to turn things around. 

Defying the odds to forge success is the central theme of Tuff Juice

“I wanted to tell my story because I’m living proof that it is possible to overcome adversity and make a better life for yourself and your family,” Butler said. “The response from the book was overwhelming and when someone like Mark Wahlberg tells you that your life could be a movie, you listen." 

The film is likely some years away, but the idea has been simmering for months. While in town to play the Wizards in December, Butler hinted as much.

“I’m working on something from the book,” he said at the time. “It’s interesting. Keep watching.” 

And who would Butler cast as himself for the movie? Creed actor Michael B. Jordan, of course. 

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

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Blazers' C.J. McCollum has a theory on DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Wizards to reunite with John Wall

Blazers guard C.J. McCollum has a theory that may sound familiar to Wizards fans. The star shooting guard now hosts a podcast and said on his most recent episode that he could see DeMarcus Cousins teaming up with John Wall in Washington.

McCollum's Blazers happened to lose in the first round to Cousins' Pelicans, though Cousins did not play in the series due to injury. Now, McCollum has offered thoughts on his future.

Here is what McCollum said about Cousins potentially going to Washington on his Pull Up podcast, as transcribed by SLAM Magazine:

"No slight against the homie. I think he’s a very, very good player. But you just have to look at the team roster and try to figure out what’s best for that roster moving forward...

“I think team success, playoff success, factors in to decision-making with personnel moving forward. Obviously, Jrue Holiday, Rondo, AD will have input on what they decide to do going forward. So that’s something to keep an eye out on in the free agency.

“And if that is the case, Boogie would jump out in to the market as a free agent and be a very hot commodity, and could potentially team up with the Washington Wizards.

“You heard it here first. You heard that here first. You know that Kentucky connection, man. I could see that happening. That’s just something to think about going forward.”

The funny part of those quotes is that McCollum said "you heard it here first." Wizards fans, of course, have been banging that drum since, oh, 2010 when the two were drafted.

As it has often been throughout the last eight years, a reunion of Wall and Cousins is unlikely. Yes, Cousins is expected to hit free agency, but the Wizards currently do not have the money to sign him. They are in the luxury tax and would have to move some big contracts to make room.

Cousins is also coming off a torn Achilles injury. That creates major questions about his future and how much money teams will offer him. 

If healthy, Cousins would fit nicely with the Wizards who will need to get younger at the center position at some point. It just doesn't seem like a good bet given all the factors in play. 

You can listen to McCollum's full podcast here.

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Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

Otto Porter's status in doubt for Game 6 against Raptors

There appears to be at least some chance the Wizards will be without starting small forward Otto Porter when they host the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of their first round playoff series on Friday night in Washington.

Porter, 24, continues to deal with a right lower leg strain. The injury is located on the outside of his calf and will require further testing from the Wizards' medical staff to determine his status.

Head coach Scott Brooks addressed the media on Thursday and did not rule out an MRI.

"We don't know as of yet, but he's banged up. So, hopefully we will find out some good news and see how he feels tomorrow," Brooks said.

Porter first suffered the injury on April 10 against the Celtics in the Wizards' penultimate regular season game. He missed the regular season finale, but has appeared in all five games of the Wizards-Raptors series.

Brooks did not make it seem likely that Porter will miss Game 6, but expressed uncertainty.

"Anything is possible," he said. "We hope for the best."

Porter appeared hobbled in Game 5 and has at other times this series as well. After the first two games of the series, Brooks was asked about Porter's health and said that he was "100 percent." It's unclear if Porter suffered a setback in the time between, but clearly that isn't the case anymore.

Porter is averaging just 10.0 points in this series, down from his 14.7 per game season average. Ideally, the Wizards would be getting more than that from their third scoring option.

"We need Otto," Brooks said. "We need Otto to be more of a nine or 10-point scorer for us to win this series."

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