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Maturing Oubre ready for second NBA Summer League

Maturing Oubre ready for second NBA Summer League

One year ago, Kelly Oubre Jr. arrived in Washington with teenage bravado and raw athletic skills. The Wizards' first round pick flashed brightly at times on the basketball court, but often looked inconsistent during a sparsely played rookie season.

Soon, we'll get a look to see if his basketball skill set went next-level. Oubre was among those participating at Verizon Center Tuesday as Washington opened a three-day practice session before heading to Las Vegas for the NBA Summer League.

Off the court, the small forward already stretched his game thanks to adulthood realities.

"I would say I'm more mature," the now 20-year-old said. "I think taxes and bills will do that to you, especially at our tax bracket."

Based on the composition of Washington's main roster, the Wizards are relying on Oubre's growth between the lines as well. The evolving and unofficial depth chart slots the 2015 first round pick behind starter Otto Porter.

The NBA season, that's down the line. On deck, Oubre gets his second crack at the NBA Summer League.

"Since this is my second go-round, I'm a little bit more even keeled," Oubre said after Tuesday's practice. "I wouldn't say I know what to expect, but I kind of have a grasp. I'm not getting to high; I'm not getting to low. I'm more so motivated -- really motivated this offseason pretty hard. I'm excited to get out there and compete against other bodies."

Since Washington's season ended in April, Oubre has primarily worked out in the Los Angeles area with his personal trainer, Drew Hanlen, who also counts Bradley Beal as a client.

"I've been in the trenches. I've been working out," Oubre said.

Under coach Randy Wittman, Oubre was often out of the lineup despite being one of the few Wizards not to suffer an injury. He averaged 11 minutes in 63 games.

The summer league practices provide an opportunity to work with Washington's new coaching staff, led by head coach Scott Brooks.

Asked if he expects to play more in year two, Oubre excitedly blurted, "100 percent," before catching himself. "Hopefully," he finished.

"I'm just trying to listen to the coaches, learn the game, things that I don't know so that when it comes to the season against bigger bodies, I'm one step ahead and not one step slower like I was last year. It's big for me."


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.


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Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.


Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.


New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.