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Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Utah Jazz make guard Rodney Hood available, would Wizards be a fit?

Momentum is building towards Utah Jazz shooting guard Rodney Hood getting dealt before next month's NBA trade deadline.

Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Saturday that multiple teams have already expressed interest in the four-year pro:

Hood, 25, is on an expiring contract and would provide scoring for a team in the market for offense. He's averaging 16.7 points this season on 41.3 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from three.

Hood isn't a very efficient player, but he can stretch the floor. He's also big for his position at 6-foot-8 and is a very good free throw shooter (86.2%).

The Wizards could use help at the shooting guard position with Bradley Beal logging heavy minutes. They have an improved bench after making several upgrades last offseason, but shooting guard Jodie Meeks has yet to establish a consistent role in their rotation due to his low shooting percentage.

The Wizards don't necessarily need offensive help, but Hood could help take pressure off of Beal. He could also play in lineups with both Beal and John Wall.

It's unclear what the Jazz want in return for Hood and whether the Wizards could make a worthy offer. If Utah is taking the longview to build for the future, that could mean a first-round pick and the Wizards have already parted with their last two.

Regardless, if the Wizards decide to target shooting guards in the next few weeks, expect Hood's name to come up.


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Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Wall: A few teammates didn't respond well to recent team meeting

Do NBA seasons even count if an emergency team meeting hasn't taken place yet? 

In what's becomming an annual right of passage for underperforming NBA teams, the Wizards recently held a team meeting to address some of the biggest issues that have been dogging them all year. 

While these meetings typically act as motivating springboards that help bring teams together, the Wizards' recent family therapy session might have done the opposite. 

Enter John Wall. Wall, who's already publically voiced concerns over the team's (lack of) effort this season, recently spoke about how the meeting might have rubbed some of his teammates the wrong way:

"At our team meeting, I think a couple guys took it in a negative way," Wall said after the team's win in Detroit. "It hurt our team. Instead of using it in a positive way like we did in the past and using it to build our team up, it kind of set us back a bit."

That's certainly not a ringing endorsement from Wall, and definitely not something you want to hear after a team meeting. Currently, however, the Wizards are back to their winning ways, coming off a nice road win in Detroit. So maybe it worked! 


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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including Kelly Oubre's 4-point play


5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pistons, including Kelly Oubre's 4-point play

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 122-112 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night...

1. The first quarter was a disaster for the Wizards, but they recovered to tie the game at halftime in large part due to Otto Porter making plays on both ends of the quarter. He ended up with 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists and four steals, three of which came in the first half.

Here is one of them. Porter jumped the passing lane and finished with a slam on the other end:

2. The Wizards climbed back in the second quarter thanks to a strong effort on defense. This play keyed a big run. It was a block by Tomas Satoransky that led to a Kelly Oubre, Jr. dunk:

More on Oubre in a minute.

3. John Wall went scoreless in the first half, but he was dominant in the second. He finished with 16 points and 11 assists.

This was one of his best passes, an alley-oop feed to Bradley Beal.

4. Here's more from Beal. He hit one of his signature stepback jumpers to help seal the win:

Beal ended up with 26 points on 7-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 from three.

5. Oubre was the star of this game. He had a career-high 26 points and made big play after big play. 

On this one he completed a four-point play and did it with style. Pay attention to what Oubre does when he hits the floor after getting fouled:

Once again it wasn't easy, but the Wizards got the win and that's all that matters.