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NBA free agent watch: Eric Maynor


NBA free agent watch: Eric Maynor

Now that the calendar has flipped to July, the NBA free agent window is officially open - and the financial frenzy begins. We've been highlighting 2013 free agents while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards (links to all previous profiles are below) and will continue the process especially as rumors and speculation mounts.

Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items. Six players from last year's final roster hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, with Webster the most intriguing. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates, especially some of those in the team's crowded frontcourt.

The Wizards addressed their wing needs by drafting Otto Porter and acquiring Glen Rice, but they still need one if not two backup point guards. Additionally, they could also target a backup behind Bradley Beal, a much-discussed stretch-four and a shot blocking backup behind Emeka Okafor, who is entering the final year of his contract. That's a lot to consider, which is why we want to know these free agents a little better...

Free agent: Eric Maynor, PG, Portland Trailblazers

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 175 lbs. Turned 26 in June

Stats: Splitting his season between the Thunder and Blazers, who acquired Maynor after he fell out of OKC's rotation, the four-year veteran averaged 4.5 points, 2.8 assists and 15 minutes. Those numbers are generally in line with his career averages, though they came after a torn ACL ended his 2011-12 season. The former VCU star entered the league with a driving and mid-range game, though he's improved his outside touch, shooting 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 27 games with the Blazers. He also upped his point guard play in Portland, averaging 4.0 assists in that span, which would represent a career-high over a full season.

The fit: John Wall is sans a backup at the moment and the roster lacks a third guard, like on any level (sorry, not counting Rice just yet). A.J. Price had his moments, but we saw how the Wizards offensive imploded when Wall missed games last year. The reserve unit still lacks notable scorers so adding a capable floor leader is vital and Maynor's has always been that (and now that he's a full year past the knee injury, his game could improve by that alone). Maynor brings postseason experience after his stint with the Thunder, not to mention the NCAA Tournament, which is where he first gained national attention by leading VCU to a stunning win over Duke. Also, at 26 he would become the true veteran of the backcourt compared to Wall, 22, and the just turned 20-year-old Beal.

Chances of becoming a Wizard: Maynor made $2.338 million last year and the market wouldn't seem to be terribly hot for a once promising point guard who has lost that new car smell. One of the primary issues is that his game is not suited to play along side Wall, which limits Randy Wittman's flexibility, something the coach would not like. Otherwise, Maynor is competent, offers good size and experience - and is apparently generating at least some interest from the franchise. Adding the guard who took down Duke with a last second floater would be a fun story, but Wizards seriously neeed a backup PG option. The overall package is nice, just not terribly exciting compared to when he first entered the league. Seeing as Wall offers plenty of pizzazz, Maynor not being  terribly exciting is more than fine if he proves steady enough with the ball

NBA Free Agent profiles

Backcourt: Francisco GarciaBeno UdrihWill BynumJarrett JackD.J. AugustinDaequan CookMarco BelinelliDevin HarrisJ.J. RedickNate Robinson

Frontcourt: Elton BrandGreg OdenAnthony TolliverKyle KorverAntawn JamisonDeJuan BlairMike DunleavyEarl ClarkDavid West

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense


Wizards Tipoff podcast: Beal and Porter need to step up and so does the defense

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller broke down the Wizards' 0-2 deficit and how Bradley Beal and Otto Porter need to play better.

They went into the potential change in the starting lineup, why the Wizards are doing so poorly on defense and the historical odds the Wizards are now up against.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait


Drake calls Kelly Oubre a 'bum', Oubre doesn't take the bait

One thing rapper Drake has been known for is being a very vocal sports fan, that always seems to make himself the center of attention.

He also seems to be a fan of just about any team that happens to be winning at the moment. 

He's been seen in everything from Kentucky gear at a basketball game, to Alabama and Texas A&M football apparel (seriously, just Google "Drake bandwagon fan" and take a look).

One team he's always seemed to stay loyal to though is his hometown Raptors. Especially when it comes to yelling at anyone he can on the other team.

First, it was John Wall having a back-and-forth with Drake on the court.

Now, it seems to be Kelly Oubre that gets to help Drake suck up more attention on social media. 

After C.J. Miles hit a three-pointer during the fourth quarter of Washington’s 130-119 loss Tuesday night, the cameras caught him doing what he just can't help himself from doing.

Oubre though, doesn't take it personally, even when it was pointed out to him postgame.

Maybe it's because Oubre wants to start his own fashion line, and hopes to have Drake help promote it.

Maybe it's because Oubre doesn't want to ever show up on a Drake diss track (even though he apparently deleted this tweet from a long time ago right after the game).

Or Maybe Oubre is just being the bigger man.

Either way, it's safe to say this trend will continue for Drake and whoever his next Wizards target is on the court.

Given Drake's history though, if the Wizards come back and win the series, will we see him in a Wall or Oubre jersey?

Considering all the bandwagons he's jumped on, it would surprise very few if it happened.