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Wizards' playoff foes active on Day 1 of NBA free agency


Wizards' playoff foes active on Day 1 of NBA free agency

The two teams the Washington Wizards faced in the playoffs last season will look different going forward.

Toronto signed Atlanta free agent forward DeMarre Carroll to a four-year, $60 million Wednesday, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported

#WeTheNorth I will be playing for Toronto Raptors next year!!!! I'm Blessed for this Opportunity! #WeTheNorth

A photo posted by DeMarre Carroll (@demarrecarroll1) on Jul 1, 2015 at 9:02am PDT

This news came moments after reports that the Hawks acquired center Tiago Splitter from the San Antonio Spurs.

Before all of this took place there were reports that All-Star forward Paul Millsap was weighing a return to Atlanta or signing with the Orlando Magic.

Let's stop for a second and examine each scenario:

  • The Raptors were bulldozed in a four-game sweep by the lower-seeded Wizards in part because Washington played a more physical brand of basketball. The rugged Carroll changes that. The 3-and-D threat made things difficult for the Wizards at times during Atlanta's 4-2 series win. 
  • Toronto previously guard Greivis Vasquez to Milwaukee and added two point guards in veteran Luke Ridnour and first round pick Delon Wright. Guard Lou Williams, the NBA's sixth-man of the year, remains a free agent.
  • Atlanta suffered its own series sweep against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. One major factor besides the 4-time MVP? Cleveland dominated the glass. Adding Splitter provides the Hawks with a banger inside and true interior depth. Initial reporting did not indicate specific pieces Atlanta would send San Antono, but it's doubtful to include any salary for the 2015-16 season. The Spurs are clearing space for the possible addition of Portland free agent forward LaMarcus Aldridge.
  • Keeping Millsap now becomes vitally important for Atlanta. NBA.com's David Aldridge reported Wednesday morning that the stretch-4 met with Orlando and "will decide between Magic and Hawks." Orlando has young talent, but no main linchpin. As for the Hawks, this would lead to serious scrambling if Millsap exits. Atlanta cruised to the East title last season thanks largely to a perfect blend of system and offensive talent. That delicate balance is changing one way or another.

MORE WIZARDS: NBA Free Agency Tracker: Pierce watch, what happens with Lebron

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Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

Bradley Beal eliminated in first round of three-point contest, Donovan Mitchell wins dunk contest

It was a short night for Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the 2018 All-Star three-point contest on Saturday, as he was eliminated in the first round.

Wearing the Wizards' new 'The District' white alternate jersey, Beal shot a 15 and fell short of the top three spots to qualify for the second round. Suns guard Devin Booker won the contest with a 28 score in the final, beating out Klay Thompson of the Warriors and Tobias Harris of the Clippers.


Beal's was undone by a slow start. He missed all five shots on the first rack and made just one on the second. He began to heat up at the third rack, but by then couldn't recover.

Here is Beal's full round:

This was Beal's second showing in the three-point contest. He finished second back in 2014 and this year said he was motivated to avenge that loss. He should have plenty more opportunities to participate in the future if he chooses.

The NBA's All-Star Saturday night began with Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie winning the skills competition. He beat Bulls big man Lauri Markkanen in the final round.

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell won the dunk contest. He edged Larry Nance, Jr. of the Cavaliers in the finals.


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2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

2018 NBA All-Star Saturday night: TV and live stream info, things to watch for dunk contest, three-point contest

The 2018 NBA All-Star Saturday Night is here with the three-point contest, dunk contest and skills competition set for Los Angeles.

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


Where: Staples Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)


Skills competition

Participants: Lou Williams, Clippers; Jamal Murray, Nuggets; Al Horford, Celtics; Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets; Joel Embiid, Sixers; Buddy Hield, Kings; Lauri Markkanen, Bulls; Andre Drummond, Pistons

What to know: This year's crop has a fascinating mix of guards and big men and don't sleep on the seven-footers. Embiid in particular has a unique skillset for his size. Still, it's tough to beat the guards. Watch out for Dinwiddie, who is the best passer of the bunch.


Three-point contest

Participants: Klay Thompson, Warriors; Eric Gordon, Rockets; Devin Booker, Suns; Paul George, Thunder; Wayne Ellington, Heat; Bradley Beal, Wizards; Kyle Lowry, Raptors; Tobias Harris, Clippers

What to know: Thompson and Gordon enter the contest as past champions, as Thompson won it in 2016 and Gordon took it home last year. Thompson has the best three-point percentage among the group and is the favorite, but watch out for Beal, a past runner-up, and George who has the second best percentage. Also, Booker is one of the game's best young players and has a very smooth stroke from three.


Dunk contest

Participants: Dennis Smith Jr.; Mavericks; Donovan Mitchell, Jazz; Larry Nance Jr., Cavaliers; Victor Oladipo, Pacers

What to know: This is all about the rookies, Smith and Mitchell, who most are predicting to win. Oladipo has been in the contest before, but didn't win. He's also the only All-Star of the bunch. Nance is the only guy who isn't a guard and his father won it back in 1984. It will be interesting to see if he does some sort of nod to his old man, now 34 years later.