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On top of Kyrie Irving mess, Iman Shumpert asked Cavaliers for a trade

On top of Kyrie Irving mess, Iman Shumpert asked Cavaliers for a trade

Apparently Kyrie Irving wasn't the only Cavaliers player hoping for a way out of Cleveland, as a new report from ESPN's Dave McMenamin says guard Iman Shumpert also requested a trade this summer.

Read this from McMenamin:

Lost in the attention surrounding Irving’s trade request is that Iman Shumpert also requested a trade after the season, multiple sources told ESPN.

Shumpert asking for a trade is not as big of a deal as Irving doing so, but it reflects an interesting pattern developing in Cleveland. That's two key players in the Cavs' rotation wanting out right after the team made its third straight NBA Finals appearances. It's not often you see that.

Irving ultimately got his wish with a trade to the Boston Celtics. According to ESPN, deals involving Shumpert fell through earlier this offseason with the Timberwolves and Rockets.

Shumpert is a solid wing defender set to make $10 million next year. He's only 27, so there is some trade value there. We'll see if the Cavs can pull off another nice haul like they did with Irving.

The Cavs could very well turn this into a positive like they did with Irving's deal, but good players wanting to leave a good team like this isn't a good look and one has to wonder if it will have an adverse effect on Cleveland this season. 

[RELATED: PODCAST: BREAKING DOWN THE KYRIE DEAL]

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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle DeAndre Jordan, Lou Williams, Danilo Gallinari and the L.A. Clippers on Friday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS

Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Will Morris or Mahinmi play?

The Wizards now have John Wall back and that should certainly help them against the Clippers, but two of their big men are currently dealing with injuries. Ian Mahinmi has a right knee strain and has missed two straight games. He had an MRI that came back clean and is considered day-to-day.

Markieff Morris is also day-to-day, though it's unclear exactly what his injury is. He was listed as out due to right hip soreness on Wednesday night, the first we had heard of that injury. Then, after the game, head coach Scott Brooks mentioned his left ankle and his groin. Basically, Morris is banged up and the fact he isn't 100 percent probably helps explain why he's been playing so poorly in recent games. We'll see if he can give it a go on Friday.

[PODCAST: MORRIS ON WHY THE WIZARDS ARE A TOUGH TEAM]

Payback time

The Wizards see the Clippers less than a week after suffering one of their worst losses of the season to them in L.A. This gives the Wizards an opportunity to right a wrong and get even. The Wizards led by as much as 13 points before L.A. clawed back and won by one point in game that included a bizarre ending where the clock operator started early on the Wizards' final play.

Beyond the ending, several things stood out about that game. Morris (two points, one rebound) and Kelly Oubre, Jr. (zero points, one rebound) had their worst games of the season. Lou Williams (35 points) was unstoppable. And both Austin Rivers (16 points) and Williams hit big shots down the stretch. This time, though, the Wizards have Wall and he will definitely make a difference. Rivers is also out due to a concussion.

[RELATED: BRADLEY BEAL ON THE ART OF GETTING FOULED]

Beal's shooting

The return of Wall should help everyone in the Wizards' starting lineup get open looks and improve their efficiency. He's a master at setting teammates up for the shots they want. Bradley Beal, for one, could use some help getting out of a recent shooting funk.

Though Beal is averaging 23.7 points in his last three games, two of them losses, he's shooting just 36.8 percent, well below his season average of 45.3. Beal has not been himself from three-point range in general this season. He's hitting just 35.8 percent, a far cry from his 39.5 career clip. If anyone can help, it's Wall who often finds Beal wide open off screens and especially on the fastbreak.

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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

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NBA 2K18 leaks new jerseys for many teams including the Wizards

NBA fans got a glimpse at unreleased alternate jerseys from a host of teams on Thursday thanks to a leak by the video game NBA 2K18 and the Wizards are included in that mix.

NBA 2K happens to do this periodically and often the jerseys are exactly right or close to official. It happened earlier this season with other teams, notably the Timberwolves who went through a color and logo change.

Here's a look at the one leaked for the Wizards, one that falls in line with the 'City Edition' alternate that has yet to be released officially.

Keep in mind this is not official, but here you go:

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>

(Photo via @itscorevisuals, h/t @BulletsForever)

This recent round of leaks revealed jerseys for many teams including the Jazz, Magic and Lakers. See them here:

<<<CLICK HERE FOR ALL THE NBA 2K18 JERSEY LEAKS>>>