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Wizards haven't decided on Tomas Satoransky just yet

Wizards haven't decided on Tomas Satoransky just yet

The Wizards have not settled on terms of a deal with Tomas Satoransky in for the 2016-17 season, though there remains a strong possibility that the Barcelona guard could be in uniform, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com on Saturday.

Friday, a report from Europhoops.net said the Wizards have "decided to offer a multiyear guaranteed deal" to the 6-7 combo guard, their second-round pick from the 2012 draft. CSN reported on April 12 that a Wizards official had gone overseas to visit Satoransky, before he signed a new deal with Barcelona, and was in the mix to join his NBA team when as many as nine roster spots could come open.

While teams routinely make contact with players during the non-negotiating window despite CBA rules that prohibit it, coming to terms with Satoransky now would be a major violation. 

Typically, teams settle on the big fish they are trying to land in free agency, which begins July 1, first and then go from there to fill out the roster based on money available under the salary cap. 

When the Wizards tried to lure Satoransky here two years ago, it didn't work out because he wanted the full mid-level of $5.5 million while they offered less. They weren't willing to give him that much per year since he was a second-round pick and hadn't proven himself at the NBA level just yet. The mid-level that year went to Paul Pierce.

Given how well Satoransky has played since then, he does have a better shot at at least a mid-level range salary. But both sides, CSNmidatlantic.com has been told, are on the same page with the plan. If Satoransky plays in the NBA, it'll be in Washington. 

Satoransky would have to be bought out of his deal with Barcelona, which he signed as a four-year extension to stay there to give himself security in the event he could not reach terms with the Wizards this summer. 

There has been a willingness to strike a deal. It just hasn't been made yet. 

 

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

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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:

WASHINGTON WIZARDS VS. CHARLOTTE HORNETS

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.

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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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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