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Wizards could go sign-and-trade route with Bojan Bogdanovic, get back trade exception

Wizards could go sign-and-trade route with Bojan Bogdanovic, get back trade exception

The signing of Mike Scott on Tuesday makes the departure of Bojan Bogdanovic all but certain for the Wizards, who added a three-point shooting forward at the veteran minimum of  $1.7 million.

The Wizards, however, haven't pulled Bogdanovic's qualifying offer nor will they, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. Instead, they'll seek sign-and-trade options with the hopes of acquiring a traded player exception that could be used later.

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In recent years, they've acquired Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries and most recently John Wall's backup, Tim Fraizer, in a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans using a TPE they gained from a prior deal. 

Bogdanovic earned $3.7 million in 2016-17 when he was traded to Washington from the Brooklyn Nets for what turned out to be the No. 22 pick in June's draft.

To keep him restricted, the Wizards had to make a qualifying offer ($4.7 million) to have the first right of refusal. His cap hold, which was less important in the decision regarding him, was $7.1 million. Bogdanovic was seeking about $16 million per season.

TPEs are good for a year. A sign-and-trade transaction has to be for at least thee years (no options). Bogdanovic is seeking, according to CSNmidatlantic.com's Chris Miller, a 3-4-year deal.

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

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Wizards set to have Tim Frazier back against Cavs after nasal fracture surgery

The All-Star break came at a good time for Wizards point guard Tim Frazier, who missed their last game before the week off due to nasal fracture surgery.

Frazier was back at the Wizards' practice on Tuesday night at Capital One Arena and expects to play on Thursday when the team returns to action on the road at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I feel good. I feel like I can go out there and help them compete," he said.

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Frazier, 27, had surgery to repair his broken nose on Feb. 11 after he was knocked out of the previous night's game between the Wizards and Bulls. Frazier collided face-first with the knee of Bobby Portis and was immediately ushered to the locker room with blood streaming from his nose.

Following the procedure, Frazier had to battle through pain and breathing issues. He feels much better now and had no complications after participating in a full practice.

The challenge now is adjusting to a fitted mask he will have to wear to return to the court. Frazier has never had to wear a mask before in his basketball career.

"[Sweat] was one of the issues today, trying to keep it dry when I'm sweating underneath," he said.

"He looked good," head coach Scott Brooks said. "I thought he would be a little uncomfortable with it, but he seemed fine."

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Frazier has been given advice from the Wizards' training staff, as well as teammate Bradley Beal who has had to wear a mask twice before in his career.

"Brad said that after a while you get used to it. Nobody wants to wear it for the rest of their careers besides Rip Hamilton," Frazier said.

Getting Frazier back is significant for the Wizards, who are already down a point guard with John Wall rehabbing from left knee surgery. Without Frazier against the Knicks on Wednesday, the Wizards had to use Beal and Otto Porter to bring the ball up at times. Now, with Tomas Satoransky and Frazier, they have a starting point guard and a backup who is used to playing the position.

They could have three point guards, as the Wizards continue to weigh their options in free agency. They have to add a player within the next two days to meet the league's minimum roster requirement. Most of the free agents they have evaluated have been point guards as they aim to compensate for Wall's absence, which could last well into the month of March.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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