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Bucks and other teams are waiting with an offer if the Kyrie Irving, Celtics-Cavs trade falls through, report says

Bucks and other teams are waiting with an offer if the Kyrie Irving, Celtics-Cavs trade falls through, report says

Though it still appears unlikely the Kyrie Irving trade to Boston will fall through, other teams around league are reportedly ready to strike if it does. That's according to Zach Lowe of ESPN, who says the Milwaukee Bucks have an offer ready to go:

The Milwaukee Bucks lurk on the fringes of the Irving bidding with an offer centered around Malcolm Brogdon, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, and Khris Middleton, sources say. The Bucks have not yet put a first-round pick on the table, sources say, but the bet here is that they would to get the deal done -- or if Irving showed any interest in staying in Milwaukee long-term.

That does not seem like enough to pry Irving away from Cleveland, but the prospect of him joining the Bucks is fascinating. He would team up with Giannis Antetkounmpo, an All-NBA player who has solidified himself as one of the best young players in the league. Those two, along with Jabari Parker once he returns from his torn ACL, could take the Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals or beyond.

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But in addition to the Bucks having relatively little to offer, it doesn't seem like the greatest fit. For one, the Bucks are Antetokounmpo's team. We know Irving wants the spotlight as the best player on his new team. He wouldn't get that with the Bucks.

Plus, the Cavs already know the Celtics are going to be good. If they strengthen the Bucks in a deal, that could backfire by adding another contender to the mix. This type of deal would deepen the East and therefore affect teams like the Wizards as they aim to knock out Cleveland.

Again, it seems like the Cavs-Celtics trade will be finalized at some point, but if it isn't then things could get very interesting.

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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards battle Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, Paul Millsap and the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT DENVER NUGGETS

Where: Pepsi Center
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 8 p.m. with Wizards HangTime)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Smith may be out again

The Wizards are unlikely to have Jason Smith on board when they face the Nuggets on Monday night, as he continues to work his way back from a sprained right shoulder. Smith was injured in the season opener on Wednesday and has yet to practice since. He did conditioning drills on Saturday at Capital One Arena, but that was it.

If Smith can't go, the Wizards can again rely heavily on Kelly Oubre, Jr. in the starting lineup with Otto Porter at the four and Mike Scott coming off the bench behind them. That combination did work against the Pistons, who have a solid frontcourt, but it won't get any easier against Denver. Paul Millsap joined them in free agency and he's one of the best power forwards in the business. Plus, they have Nikola Jokic at center and he's a handful.

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No MMA with Millsap

Now that Millsap is in the Western Conference, the Wizards see him much less often and that is a real shame. He and Markieff Morris developed an excellent one-on-one rivalry last season that was highlighted by Millsap, then with the Hawks, saying the Wizards were "playing MMA" during their first round playoff series. Morris fired back by saying what would come next was "double MMA" and took other shots at him, like how the term 'stretch four' "is soft" but that it works for Millsap.

Morris remains out following the sports hernia surgery he had in September, but he can do some talking from the bench, as he said he would once he returned to the team earlier this month. Don't be surprised if Morris is a little more vocal during this game.

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Talented young trio

Millsap is the best veteran on the Nuggets, but they are building their future around three very intriguing young players. Jokic is just 22 and in their backcourt are Gary Harris (23) and Jamal Murray (20). Jokic averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season. Harris averaged 14.9 points and shot 50.2 percent from the field as a 6-foot-4 guard. Murray put up a solid 9.9 points in 21.5 minutes as a rookie after going seventh overall in the 2016 draft.

The Nuggets are a team on the rise and offense is their calling card. Last season they were third in the NBA in points per game (111.7) yet 27th out of 30 teams in opponents points per game (111.2). They had the second-worst defensive rating in basketball. Millsap should help those numbers over time, but expect this one to be a high-scoring affair because the Wizards are also a team known more for their offense these days.

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LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back

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LaVar Ball says Wizards 'better beware' with matchup vs. Lakers approaching, Marcin Gortat fires back

John Wall, when asked about Lonzo and LaVar Ball over the weekend on our Wizards Tipoff podcast, said that Lonzo is a "nice kid" but the trash-talking his father does will be "taken personally" by other NBA players. He explained how Lonzo will "be targeted" because of those comments.

Wall stopped short of saying whether he himself had taken them personally. Well, now LaVar is going after his Wizards.

In a video posted by Ball Is Life on Monday, Ball calls out the Wizards, who they host on Wednesday at the Staples Center:

"Washington is coming in here Wednesday? They better beware because Lonzo ain't losing again, not in the same week."

Wizards center Marcin Gortat saw the video soon after it was posted and tweeted that Wall is going to "torture" Ball for 48 minutes:

The Wizards play the Nuggets on Monday night, but it's hard not to look ahead at Wizards-Lakers which just got even more interesting.

For Wall's full comments on the Ball family, plus his explanation of 'Wolf Season,' check out the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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