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Wizards travel to Atlanta to court center/forward Al Horford

Wizards travel to Atlanta to court center/forward Al Horford

Silent for most of the opening of free agency, the Wizards took a trip to Atlanta to make a recruiting pitch to free agent forward/center Al Horford, league sources told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday night. 

Horford, 30, will command a max offer when he decides. He averaged 15.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.5 blocks last season for the Atlanta Hawks, where he has played since 2007 when he was drafted No. 3 overall. 

Horford is a strong Plan B for Washington, which couldn't get a meeting with Kevin Durant, the hottest free agent in the league, but it would have decisions to make if Horford were to accept.

First, Markieff Morris is the starting power forward and Marcin Gortat starts at center. Horford can play both positions and would make significantly more than both. One of them, likely Morris ($7.4 million per year) in this scenario, would go to the bench and be the sixth man. Gortat ($12 million) is effective running pick-and-rolls with John Wall.

Having the 6-10 Horford next to Gortat keeps the Wizards really big but also keeps them flexible. If a team tries to match up with a traditonal power forward on Horford, he can use his quickness and stretch to the three-point line where he shot 34% this season on a career-high 256 attempts. In eight previous seasons, Horford had never taken more than 36 threes and that was in 2014-15. If a team goes with a small player, Horford has the post-up game to take advantage and is an excellent rebounder and passer. 

Morris isn't noted as a three-point shooter but has good mechanics and can double as a stretch option for the Wizards, who then could avoid shelling out $17 million for Ryan Anderson in free agency. That would allow them to save that money and use it elsewhere to retool the roster. These, of course, are all ifs. An answer from Horford won't come until Saturday at the earliest.

Anderson, CSN was told Friday by league sources, met with the Toronto Raptors.


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Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards set bring back familiar face, sources confirm

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards set bring back familiar face, sources confirm

For the Wizards, with a tough stretch coming and with John Wall still sidelined, depth and health is of the utmost importance.

With the team set to begin the second half of the 2018 NBA season on Thursday night against the Cavaliers, Scott Brooks and company decided to make a move to shore up their backcourt depth, a commodity the team cannot have enough of.

Veteran guard Ramon Sessions, who spent the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons in Washington, D.C., has been signed by the Wizards to a ten-day contract, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller confirms.


The news was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN . Sessions played in 110 games for the Wizards over the course of his two seasons, playing in all 82 games during the 2015-16 season.

He joins the Wizards again having been waived by the New York Knicks on Jan. 13. Sessions averaged 12.8 mpg in 13 games for the Knicks.

Sessions is rejoining a former team for the third time in his career, having played in Milwaukee and Charlotte on two separate occasions.


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Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Wizards at Cavs: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

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


Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.


Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.


New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.