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Would Wizards consider sign-and-trade for Kevin Seraphin? Yes

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Would Wizards consider sign-and-trade for Kevin Seraphin? Yes

Free agency money isn't about which players are better than whom. It's about supply and demand. For Kevin Seraphin, the Wizards' backup center for his five NBA seasons, this is his time to cash in as an unrestricted and possibly find the starting job he covets. 

Seraphin, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com, is expected to seek sign-and-trade offers so he can find a more suitable landing spot. The Los Angeles Clippers, for instance, just lost DeAndre Jordan, don't have a quality starting center and no salary cap space.

A sign-and-trade would assist all parties involved. If Seraphin leaves Washington as a free agent, he'll limit his earning potential because he sacrifices his Bird rights. Instead of 7.5% raises each year of a contract, he'd be limited to 4.5% and he's eligible for fewer years. 

For the Wizards, who don't have cap space but can re-sign their own free agent, they would acquire something in return such as a trade exception that's good for one year which could be applied to a future transaction. This is how they brought in Kris Humphries, Ramon Sessions and Jared Dudley.

When Trevor Ariza told them last summer that he was leaving to join the Houston Rockets, he could've left as a free agent. Instead, the Wizards re-signed him to ship him there in a sign-and-trade that was palatable to both teams. They received an $8.6 million trade exception, which allowed them to acquire players without having to give up anything more than a future protected second-round pick (Note: In getting Humphries this way, the Wizards sent piece of their exception to the Boston Celtics and eventually kept their pick because it was protected top 49). 

And, of course, if the receiving team has a tight cap, it helps get around that. There's no indication that Seraphin's representation has made any such move yet but the Wizards would listen.

Seraphin has averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds as a reserve in Washington. His minutes fluctuated often, but he's a 6-10 wide body, with quick feet and a soft jump hook around the rim with either hand. 

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

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Warriors will visit D.C. kids instead of White House when they play Wizards

Instead of visiting the White House when they come to Washington this week to play the Wizards, the defending-champion Golden State Warriors plan to hold an event with D.C.-area kids.

Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year. After the Warriors won the title, they openly questioned whether they should follow the tradition given many of the players and coaches disagree with his policies. Trump took the opportunity away before they came to a final decision.

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The Warriors' event will be closed off to the media and held at an undisclosed location. It is set for Tuesday, the day before they play the Wizards at Capital One Arena. The Warriors had the option of holding a ceremony with other politicians in the Democratic party, but decided that would send the wrong message. 

"It's their championship. They got disinvited to the White House, so it's up to them what they wanted to do. So they made their plans," coach Steve Kerr said. "I want the players to have a good day and to do something positive and to enjoy what they're doing."

The Warriors are the first NBA team to make this choice since Trump was elected president. Last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers held their celebration with president Barack Obama in November. They did so just days after Trump was elected and LeBron James questioned at the time whether he would visit the White House with Trump in office.

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Sports teams visiting the White House goes back to the mid-1800s. The first World Series title team to visit was the 1924 Washington Senators. By the 1960s, NBA teams were going and by the 1980s NFL and NHL teams made it a tradition.

Entire teams snubbing the White House is unusual, but many players have turned down the opportunity. In the NBA, some famous cases include Larry Bird in 1984 and Michael Jordan in 1991, according to Rolling Stone.

Perhaps the Warriors start a trend, or maybe it will be a one-off thing. Regardless, the alternative they chose is a respectable one. 

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' blowout loss to Hornets, including Bradley Beal's buzzer-beater

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 122-105 loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night...

1. This was a tough one for the Wizards. For the third time this season, they got beaten by the Hornets and for the second straight time it was in a blowout.

They still had their moments, though, including this alley-oop from Tomas Satoransky (11 points) to Markieff Morris (13 points, eight assists, six rebounds). It was the second alley-oop connection for those two in as many games:

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2. This was a play that encapsulated the Wizards' night. Jodie Meeks drew a flagrant foul on Michael Carter-Williams, but took a hard shot to the head:

3. Kelly Oubre, Jr. had a solid game with 11 points, including this big dunk:

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4. Speaking of Oubre, he helped the Wizards close the first half with a late surge. The real highlight was Bradley Beal stealing the ball and hitting a corner three at the buzzer:

5. Beal ended up with 33 points, six assists and six rebounds. Here's an and-1 he got to go down in the second half:

All in all, it was an ugly performance for the Wizards. To cheer you up, we'll leave you with this young fan who had a great time at Capital One Arena despite the result:

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