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Wizards would love to have Kelly Oubre, Jr. follow John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter in earning big contract

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Wizards would love to have Kelly Oubre, Jr. follow John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter in earning big contract

In signing John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter all to long-term contracts within the last 13 months, the Washington Wizards have secured their future with hopes their continued development as young players will take the team to new heights. That trio will be leading the way for the Wizards for at least the next three seasons and it could be four if Porter does not use his player option for 2020-21. Beal's deal runs through 2020-21 and Wall's doesn't finish until 2022-23.

Not only do the Wizards have those three in place, but they have a substantial amount of money committed. Wall, Beal and Porter are set to earn a combined $98 million in 2020-21. We don't yet know the salary cap for that season, but their long-term payroll makes it interesting to ponder the futures of their other young players like Kelly Oubre, Jr. and Markieff Morris. Could either of them be next in line for a big deal?

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Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis discussed Oubre specifically on Friday after the press conference to announce Wall's four-year supermax extension. Basically, he would love to have Oubre, a 2015 first round pick, force the issue.

"He's another great, high-character kid with great athletic skills. And yeah, he wants to be where these guys are. Our coach really, really likes him. He thinks he can be a difference maker. He kind of has that X-factor in his game," Leonsis said 

"So yeah, he's going to come back and work really, really hard and challenge us to pay him a lot of money, too, which I'm glad to do. I think that that is important, that young players realize we would much rather pay them to stay with the organization than think the grass is greener and that some free agent from some other team is going to come in and make a big difference for us."

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Leonsis also mentioned how Oubre, 21, "was more injured last season than I think people understood." The Wizards small forward had platelet-rich plasma treatment on his right knee in June after battling discomfort throughout the playoffs. Still, Oubre's second NBA season amounted to a step forward, as he doubled his minutes from the year before under new head coach Scott Brooks.

Oubre is set to make about $2.1 million for the 2017-18 season under his rookie scale contract. The Wizards have to decide in October if they want to pick up his fourth-year option for 2018-19, though at this point there is no reason to think that they won't. Assuming they do, that would set Oubre up for a new deal in the summer of 2019. Washington will then have the option of extending a qualifying offer to retain his rights as a restricted free agent, much like they did this offseason with Porter.

Oubre has a long way to go to earn a max contract like his teammates, but two years is a long time. Just look at Porter, who averaged 6.0 points in 19.4 minutes off the Wizards' bench in 2014-15, his second NBA season. Two years later and he was paid $106.5 million on a max contract. If Oubre follows that track, the Wizards could have another big decision to make two summers from now.

[RELATED: Wall reacts to Kyrie Irving's situation in Cleveland]

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NBA Power Rankings 2017-18: Celtics still won't lose, Wizards rise

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NBA Power Rankings 2017-18: Celtics still won't lose, Wizards rise

The Celtics passed their toughest test yet with a win over the Warriors. 

The league's leading defense held the defending champion Warriors to a season-low 88 points Thursday night to keep its winning streak alive, and added their 15th straight win Saturday against the Hawks.

Spoiler alert: there's obviously no way you can move them from the top spot after doing all that. 


The Sixers and Knicks are actually above .500, and see themselves rising, while teams like the Clippers and Thunder can't seem to put a consistent stretch together. 

Heck, the Clippers would be happy for a win at this point. 

The Magic also seem to be leveling out after a strong start to the season.

To see where all 30 teams came in this week, check out our latest NBA Power Rankings.


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

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

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards battle Giannis Antetokounmpo, Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton and the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night.

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


Where: BMO Harris Bradley Center
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (coverage begins at 7 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Online with no cable TV: fuboTV (try for free)
Radio: 1500 AM

Three things to watch...

Can Wall play?

The Wizards were without star point guard on Sunday night, as John Wall sat out due to a swollen left knee. The Wizards lost and it was in large part due to their lack of offense. They scored only 91 points, their second-lowest output of the season so far. With a healthy Wall, maybe that doesn't happen.

Head coach Scott Brooks told reporters in Toronto that Wall could miss Monday's game as well. But by tipoff Wall will have had two full days off following his last game, on Friday against the Heat. The Bucks, though, present a unique challenge with a deep backcourt featuring Eric Bledsoe, Malcolm Brogdon, Khris Middleton and others. This is also the second game of a back-to-back for the Wizards. They were 7-9 in games with zero days rest last year.


Recent history

The Wizards won three of their four matchups against the Bucks last season and have taken 14 of their last 19 meetings going back to 2012. Washington has absolutely owned the Bucks and that hasn't changed even in recent years with the emergence of Giannis Antetokounmpo as a superstar. The Bucks, though, are a different team with Bledsoe so there is no guarantee the recent success continues.

One thing to keep in mind is that these teams had a bit of bad blood last year. The Bucks' lone win against the Wizards was on Dec. 23 in Milwaukee. The Bucks won in a blowout and Antetokounmpo remained in late in the game to chase a career-high in points. The Wizards didn't like that and after beating them in a rematch on Dec. 26 several players including Wall said publicly they thought it was disrespectful.


Bucks are on the rise

Speaking of Antetokounmpo, the guy just keeps getting better. This year he's averaging a ridiculous line of 30.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.7 steals. He is shooting a cool 56.3 percent and so far looks like a legitimate MVP candidate.

Antetokounmpo has some help, too. Middleton is averaging 18.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.2 steals. Brogdon, the reigning rookie of the year, is averaging 14.1 points and 3.8 assists. There is also Bledsoe, who hasn't quite broken out yet since joining the Bucks in a trade.