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2018 NBA Trade Deadline: Seven potential players Wizards could trade for before deadline

2018 NBA Trade Deadline: Seven potential players Wizards could trade for before deadline

NBA trade season is officially underway.

Kicked off by the blockbuster trade between the Clippers and the Pistons, it's more likely than not that a flurry of other moves are about to follow.

The John Wall injury puts the Wizards' status as buyers in question, but if should they want to get some midseason help, here's who's worth taking a look at: 


Kemba Walker, PG, Hornets

2017-18 Stats: 22.1 PPG, 5.8 APG, 1.2 SPG

Contract: $12 million/year (UFA in 2019)

Why he would fit: This one's obvious. The Wizards are going to be without John Wall for several weeks, and Kemba Walker would slide in terrifically as the team's point guard in his Wall's absence. When John returns, Walker would be one of the best backup point guards in the NBA, and could even make for some dynamic 3-guard lineups with Wall and Beal.

Tyreke Evans, PG, Grizzlies

2017-18 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 5.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 39.2 3P%

Contract: $3.29 million/year (UFA in 2018)

Why he would fit: Another clear replacement for John Wall. Evans is a speedy PG (though, like most players, not as fast as Wall) who has been in the league for 8 years, so he brings some experience to the Wizards backcourt. Similarly to Kemba Walker, Evans would make an excellent backup even when Wall is healthy. The question is how much would the team be willing to give up for a rental?

Lou Williams, SG, Clippers

2017-18 Stats: 23.5 PPG, 5.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.4 3P%

Contract: $7 million/year (UFA in 2018)

Why he would fit: There was talk of the Wizards targeting Williams prior to last year's trade deadline, so it makes sense that they'd consider him again. Williams can light up the scoreboard and has experience coming off the bench, which will be very valuable to the Wizards once Wall returns, especially considering how much they've struggled to score with bench lineups in recent seasons. Again, the question is how much the team should give up for a rental who won't come cheap, but the fit in the Wizards backcourt makes sense.

Rodney Hood, SG, Utah

2017-18 Stats: 16.7 PPG, 1.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 38.6 3P%

Contact: $2.3 million/year (RFA 2018) 

Why he would fit: The case for Hood makes even more sense after Wall's latest injury. Unlike Walker or Williams, Hood comes at a price that the Wizards can probably afford. By no means is he a perfect fit (realistically he couldn't be the primary ball handler), Hood could probably be had without parting with this year's first-round pick, something the Wizards seem keen on keeping. 

Marc Gasol, C, Memphis

2017-18 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG, .467 eFG%

Contract: $22 million/year (UFA 2020) 

Why he would fit: Because he's one of the league's premier centers and would realistically fit on most teams. Gasol goes into the "pipe dream" category, as the Wizards would probably have to move mountains to make this happen. Not only would it take the Wizards' first-round pick this year, but it'd probably take another first-round pick down the road, along with, like, half the Wizards' roster. The Wizards already have two centers on the other side of 30 under sizeable contracts, but Gasol would immediately make the Wizards an Eastern Conference favorite. 

DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers

2017-18 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 14.8 RPG, 1.0 BPG, .668 eFG%

Contract: $21 million/year (2018 UFA) 

Why he would fit: Two words: expiring contract. What makes Jordan more of an attractive asset than Gasol is the fact that he'll be an unrestricted free agent at year's end. It'd be the perfect move to make should the Wizards feel like they're in the prime of this team's championship window. The Clippers are reportedly not pleased with how the market has developed for Jordan so far, but with impending free agency looming large, they don't have the same leverage to demand a king's ransom in return. 

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

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5 things to know about new Wizards player Ramon Sessions

The Washington Wizards signed point guard Ramon Sessions to a 10-day free agent contract on Thursday. Here are five things to know about the newest Wizards player...

**Sessions has played for Washington before. He was acquired by the Wizards at the trade deadline in 2015 and played out the 2014-15 season, appearing in 28 regular season games and 10 more in the playoffs. Sessions then spent the whole 2015-16 season with the team before leaving the following summer to sign a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets. In 1 1/2 seasons with the Wizards, Sessions averaged 9.2 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds. He shot 46 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three.


**Sessions played one season for the Hornets and spent part of this year with the New York Knicks. The Knicks waived Sessions on Jan. 13. Over the past two seasons in Charlotte and New York, Sessions has averaged 5.7 points, 2.5 assists and 1.4 rebounds while shooting 37 percent.

**This is Sessions' 11th NBA season. In addition to the Wizards, Hornets and Knicks, he has spent time with the Bucks, Cavs, Lakers and Kings. He began his career in Milwaukee after getting selected in the second round of the 2007 draft.


**Sessions went to the University of Nevada from 2004 through 2007 and left an impressive legacy as one of the best players in the program's history. The school's practice facility is, in fact, named after Sessions. It is called the 'Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center' and Sessions donated $1 million towards construction costs.

**Sessions overlapped with former Wizards player JaVale McGee at Nevada. Sessions was in his final season as a junior when McGee was a freshman. The Wolfpack were quite good that year. They peaked at No. 10 in the nation, the highest ranking in school history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.


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

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards 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.