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Point-counterpoint on dealing for Jared Dudley


Point-counterpoint on dealing for Jared Dudley

That Jared Dudley won't join his new teammates until the 2015-16 already has started isn't that big of a deal for the veteran. That he had to have back surgery to repair a herniated disk, however, is somewhat concerning.

Point: Martell Webster had a lower back procedure last summer kept him out six months. He never was the same and was a far cry from the form he showed two years ago when he had a career season.

Counterpoint: Dudley's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told CSNwashington.com on Tuesday that this was his client's first back surgery. Webster has had three with the first two coming in Portland and Minnesota. Dudley's surgery, another person with knowledge of the situation told CSN, was to his L5-S1. While Webster has had surgery to that exact area in the past, that's a different spot than Webster had repaired last season. Look around the NBA. Ryan Anderson has had bulging disks and is playing just fine. J.J. Redick has avoided surgery for his and misses time because of it. 

Point: The Wizards needed a veteran to replace Paul Pierce as the starting small forward and this loss is major.

Counterpoint: Otto Porter is projected to start -- though no one will admit that publicly -- and not Dudley. And if he slips up Alan Anderson is there. Rookie Kelly Oubre is an option though he won't log heavy minutes. Also, Webster still is there though he seems the last choice among this group until proven otherwise. This is a deep position. It's more important for Dudley to be healthy late in the season, when the pressure is greater and wins mean more, than in the first two months. Although Pierce played early, he basically was on cruise control until after the All-Star break.

Point: The Wizards shouldn't have traded for an injured player.

Counterpoint: All parties involved knew about Dudley's problem before the deal was consummated. He could've attempted to play through it but since it's July the determination was that it's better to handle now rather than have it recur all season and have Dudley unavailable for the stretch run. Injuries must be disclosed before transactions are made between teams. See what happened between Portland and Minnesota when Webster's was not. Dudley isn't damaged goods. Since he came into the league in 2007, he hasn't played fewer than 65 games in a season. He has played all 82 twice and four other times he has played at least 72.

Point: The Wizards should've acquired another player if Dudley wasn't healthy.

Counterpoint: First, name that player who could play both forward spots with experience, shoot with 40% accuracy from three and who is good in the locker room for $4.3 million? Dudley was acquired with a traded player exception, a mechanism that allows a salary-cap strapped team to get an asset without giving up anything. It also requires a team such as Milwaukee, which wanted to free up money after signing Greg Monroe and Khris Middleton to huge contracts, to give up that player for what became a top-55 protected 2020 second-round pick that may never come to fruition (same deal as the Celtics got for Kris Humphries). That second-round pick for Humphries was top-49 protected and the Wizards kept it to select Aaron White last month. Dudley basically doesn't cost anything and the pick is five years away. 

Point: Even if Dudley heals quickly, his acclimation to his new team will be delayed because of the injury and sets him back.

Counterpoint: His conditioning won't be all the way there no matter how much he trains individually but Dudley will be with the team during training camp. He'll be able to do non-contact drills and participate in film sessions. Dudley is one of the sharper players anyone will ever talk to -- and when a microphone is put in front of him that will be evident. Quickly grasping the concepts, especially for a wing who played with Steve Nash and for Mike D'Antoni's small-ball juggernaut Phoenix Suns, won't be a problem.

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Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch


Wizards vs. Hornets: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Kemba Walker, Dwight Howard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night.

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


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

On a roll

The Wizards have some serious momentum going right now. With an impressive win over the Cavs on Thursday, they have now won three straight games and eight of 10 since John Wall went down with a left knee injury. They had a week off due to the All-Star break, but didn't show any rust at all in their first game back.

The Wizards are now 34-24, 10 games above the .500 mark. They are fourth in the East and could move into third on Friday if they win and the Cavaliers lose. Even with Wall out, things continue to look up for Washington.


Hornets have had their number

The Wizards haven't done so well against the Hornets so far this season. Charlotte has taken both meetings and that includes a 24-point win on Jan. 17. That game featured Dwight Howard taunting the Wizards late in the fourth quarter.

Howard has killed the Wizards through two games with averages of 22.0 points and 14.0 rebounds. Jeremy Lamb (20.0 ppg vs. Wizards) has been a big factor as well as All-Star Kemba Walker (21.5 ppg vs. Wizards).

The last time these teams played about a month ago frustrations boiled over in an incident that got Tim Frazier ejected. Michael Carter-Williams picked a fight with Jason Smith and Frazier went off:


Hornets coming in hot

The Hornets are outside the playoff picture at the moment at eight games below .500, but they have won two straight games and Walker and Howard are coming off huge games. In a win over the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday, Walker dropped 31 points and Howard grabbed 24 rebounds.

Those guys will be riding a high coming into Washington on Friday. But it should be noted that Howard complained after the game how tired he is at this point in the season. That exhausion could affect him more in the second game of a back-to-back.



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5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

5 must-see moments from Wizards' huge road win over Cavaliers, including Markieff Morris' alley-oop

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 110-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night...

1. The Wizards didn't start out well, as they trailed by nine points at the end of the first quarter. Kelly Oubre, Jr. stumbled early by missing four of his first six shots and it looked like a carryover of his slump before the All-Star break.

But Oubre got hot in the second quarter and helped the Wizards turn the game around. This was one of his best plays, a two-handed slam that he celebrated with an emphatic scream to the crowd:


2. Tomas Satoransky was one of the stars of the game. He had 17 points to go along with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals. 

Here's one of his dimes, a perfect alley-oop lob to Markieff Morris, who finished with nine points and eight rebounds:

3. Satoransky has reached double-figures in six of the 10 games since John Wall went out with an injury. This was a very impressive move, a stepback fadeaway that was super smooth:


4. Ian Mahinmi made some key contributions including four offensive rebounds and a steal. This was his best basket, a powerful slam that came at a key time:

5. This play helped seal the victory. It was a smart after-timeout set drawn up by head coach Scott Brooks and it worked to perfection: