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What we know about who has performed best for Wizards at Las Vegas summer league

What we know about who has performed best for Wizards at Las Vegas summer league

LAS VEGAS – Through three games, the Wizards are winless at Las Vegas summer league, which shouldn’t come as a major surprise. It’s about the bigger picture anyway and not Tuesday's 82-73 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Of their 15 regular-season roster spots, 13 of them are filled with guaranteed deals. The other two, held by Sheldon Mac and Daniel Ochefu, are non-guaranteed which means those players can be waived at any time before Jan. 10 without penalty under the salary cap. Then there's one two-way deal remaining for a G-League addition.

The case for Mac is the strongest. Entering his second year after going undrafted in 2016, he has an NBA gear. There are no statistics that’ll reflect this but it is clear when he’s on the court with nine other players.

Mac, who scored a team-high 20 points on 8 of 11 shots Tuesday, can get to spots on the floor when seemingly there are none. He can finish or create space by initiating contact and can shift down a speed with a Euro step to knife through traffic to find the rim.

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Mac will be out of control at times and has to tighten his ball-handling but he’s too good to let walk at $1.3 million. He can handle the speed of NBA play and is better in the open court.

The case for Ochefu can be made but he could end up a numbers game casualty with $30 million this season tied up into proven vets, Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi. The caveat, of course, is both are well past 30 and Mahinmi is coming off a season in which he missed 50 games with issues with both knees.

Ochefu, who went undrafted last year and earns the same as Mac on a non-guarantee, hasn’t gotten as much time and could benefit from the G-League once the Wizards have a team in 2018, but can they wait that long? He had nine points and 10 rebounds against Chicago.

If a move is possible involving Gortat or Mahinmi before the regular season tips, Ochefu would make sense as a more affordable option. He has a soft touch around the rim and is an adept passer out of the post.

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With one of their maximum of two two-way contracts filled by Michael Young, that’s where another developmental player can land. The spot can pay anywhere from $75,000-$275,000 pending how many days are spent with the full team during the regular season.

Young, a combo forward, has a solid defensive IQ and did well to stay in front of guards on switches and battled bigger players on the low block as well. He’s also able to bring the ball up the floor to start the offense and push tempo.

The best of the rest (alphabetical) based on how they've played so far at summer league with two games remaining: Jared Cunningham; Marcus Keene; Jaleel Roberts; and Devin Robinson.

Danuel House is with the Wizards for the second year in a row after being released late last season and hasn't looked the part given his experience. He shot 0-for-7 and had three turnovers. House didn't play in the second summer league game but got the start Tuesday.

The Wizards will invite a group back to attend training camp that'll likely begin in the last week of September with some familiar names from the summer league team. Others will be new arrivals, but roster spots will be limited if any are available at all.

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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