Forget whether or not the Wizards would draft Florida guard Bradley Beal with the third overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft or ponder other scenarios. We all believe that to be the case. What if he's not available? That seems unlikely if the Charlotte Bobcats, holders of the No. 2 selection, keep the pick. However, for a woeful Bobcats team that literally needs everything, trading down for multiple picksplayers sure makes a ton of sense.It's also logical to think the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team drafting one spot behind the Wizards, very much want a knockdown shooter opposite star guard Kyrie Irving. The scary thing for the Wizards -the Cavs have the assetsto get a deal done, specificallythe No. 24 overall pick.The Cavaliers recently brought in the 6-foot-4 Beal to work out against 6-foot-8 Harrison Barnes, another high lottery candidate. From the Akron Beacon Journal:"Beal worked out recently for the Cavs against Harrison Barnes, and while both players performed well, Barnes' extra four inches didn't really stop Beal from doing what he wanted in the workout, according to those with knowledge of how it went."Barnes, a natural small forward, isthe apparentfall back option for the Cavaliers - less so for the Wizards due to the frontcourt logjam. That is assuming the Bobcats do not grab the North Carolina scorer at No. 2. However, the Bobcats would rather not reach for Barnes in that spot which is another reason why a swap with the Cavs could be in play - unless the Cavs aretaking Barnes themselveswhile keeping their other tradable assets.In a post late last week - What if dealing Blatche last week also meant trading away number 3 - I speculated on a couple of trade down scenarios for the Wizards. One involved theHouston Rockets, a team armed with cap space and multiple first-round picks. Apparently for now, I'm at least half right with my theory.The Rockets are indeed looking tomove on up, according to a report, having"discussed deals with several teams in the top 10 about moving up in the draft." The ESPN report says Sacramento, owners of the No. 5 pickand Toronto (8) are the current hot spots with Connecticut center Andre Drummond the apparent target. Rockets disgruntled point guard Kyle Lowry could be part of the bait,though unlikely thatasset does much to entice a Wizards team with John Wall. The Rockets own picks 14 and 16.In addition to what the Bobcats and Rockets might do, Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin analyzes the likelihood of the various trade rumors centering on the draft. The odds are probably long, but I buy the Chicago Bulls looking to peddle Luol Deng. Yes, even without Derrick Rose for most or all of the 2012-13 season Chicago remains a playoff team. A championship contending team, that's a different story. Parting ways with Deng, miscast in the role of Robin to Rose's Batman, for younger, cheaper and perhaps multiple pieces could help the Bulls truly rejoin the title fight when Rose returns for real for real.
As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.
Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.
"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."
"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."
Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.
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Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.
"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.
Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.
Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.
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