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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.

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

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Best moments from Wizards' loss to Hornets, including Oubre and Beal's big dunks

Here are the best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 129-124 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night...

1. The Wizards couldn't do much to stop Dwight Howard in this one, but he did have one of his shots blocked. It was by the rim, though.

Watch Howard rise for an alley-oop, only to be rejected by the rim. 

That was about the only thing Howard did wrong. He finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds.

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2. Bradley Beal didn't have a great shooting night, as he finished 7-for-22 despite dropping 22 points. He had a few nice dunks in the first half including this one:

3. John Wall had a strong game with 31 points and 11 assists on 13-of-26 shooting. This was his best assist, a thread-the-needle dish to Markieff Morris.

4. Here's another dunk from Beal, this one with two hands for good measure:

5. This was the best dunk of the night. Kelly Oubre, Jr. caught the Hornets sleeping with a nice putback slam. 

The Wizards closed their road trip a disappointing 1-2, but at least the game was entertaining.

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

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Wizards have letdown on defense, fall to Hornets in overtime

The Washington Wizards lost the Charlotte Hornets 129-124 in overtime on Wednesday night at the Spectrum Center. Here's analysis of what went down...

Frustrating loss: The Wizards will not head into the Thanksgiving holiday a happy bunch. After an impressive road win at the Milwaukee Bucks, they let a winnable game slip away against the Hornets. They were up nine points with 3:32 left in the fourth, yet allowed the Hornets to force overtime and then dominate the extra period.

Defense was the problem for Washington. After holding opponents to 95 points or less in six of their last seven games, the Wizards gave up 129 points to an average offensive team. Yes, 15 of those points came in overtime, but the Wizards won't be happy with their defense after this one. They will probably regret the 53 bench points they gave up more than anything.

Beal, Wall heated up late: Neither John Wall or Bradley Beal had a rhythm in the first half, but both woke up later on for the Wizards. Wall had eight points in the first half, but on 3-for-11 shooting. Beal had seven points, but also on 3-for-11 from the field.

Stars can only be held in check for so long and Wall and Beal broke ultimately broke through. Wall had 11 points in the third quarter and Beal had seven. 

For a while it looked like Wall and Beal had taken the game over, but the Wizards couldn't take advantage despite Wall ending up with 31 points and 11 assists and Beal having 22 points, four rebounds and two steals.

Beal's night was highlighted by a series of dunks in the first half, including this one with two hands:

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Howard was a beast: The Wizards did a good job limiting Dwight Howard this past spring when they faced the Hawks in the playoffs, but they had no such luck on Wednesday in their first meeting with Howard's Hornets. Howard was dominant down low with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The Hornets did a good job feeding him in the post and when he has position there are little options beyond sending him to the free throw line. 

Marcin Gortat (eight points, 11 rebounds) is a good match for Howard on most nights. They know each other well as former teammates with the Orlando Magic. Gortat had a fine game, but Howard was at his best on Wednesday. He was coming off of a 25-point, 20-rebound performance and he kept it going against the Wizards.

Howard also blocked Beal's buzzer-beater at the end of regulation. Beal got the ball with two seconds left and tried driving to his left down the baseline. Howard read the move and swatted the ball out of bounds. Howard then had a big bucket with less than a minute to go. He had a putback on an airballed three that was a backbreaker for the Wizards, who needed a stop.

Meeks and Scott were a plus: The Wizards got a nice boost from their bench from Jodie Meeks (nine points) and Mike Scott (13 points), two guys who have proven this season to be instant offense when they're at their best. Scott came in and hit a three with a pair of midrange jumpers in the first half. Meeks was getting it down in the paint with floaters and layups on nice cuts to the basket. 

Scott hit three threes and is now shooting 44.8 percent for the season. It's only on 29 attempts, but that's not bad at all.

Lamb was a problem: The Wizards had a lot of trouble with Hornets reserve Jeremy Lamb, who has been Charlotte's most improved player so far this season. He was a force off the bench with 24 points in 37 minutes. Lamb has always had a lot of potential as a freak athlete with a sweet jumper. He may be starting to truly put it all together.

The Wizards even tried Kelly Oubre, Jr., one of their best defenders, on him. But Lamb kept getting buckets and added seven rebounds and five assists. 

Up next: The Wizards are off for Thanksgiving and Friday. They pick back up on Saturday with the Portland Trail Blazers in town. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

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