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After Sheldon Mac trade, Wizards will be players in free agent market

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After Sheldon Mac trade, Wizards will be players in free agent market

The Wizards made a minor move ahead of the 2018 NBA trade deadline on Thursday, but the deal has larger implications on what they plan to do next.

By trading Sheldon Mac to the Atlanta Hawks for a protected second round pick, as NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller reported, the Wizards shed some salary and by doing so created relief in the luxury tax.

The Wizards' roster now stands at 13 players. They plan to add a 14th player soon, NBC Sports Washington has learned, likely in the free agent buyout market which should pick up in the coming days and weeks.

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Things can and will change for the Wizards financially once they add another player. For now, they have cleared approximately $2 million by jettisoning Mac. The Wizards also shipped some cash to Atlanta in the trade.

Names will continue to emerge in the free agent market but in the wake of the trade deadline several players have become available. That list includes guard Derrick Rose and center Georgios Papagiannis. There are rumors that Shabazz Muhammad could be bought out by the Timberwolves and the same for Brandan Wright of the Memphis Grizzlies. 

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Last year, the Wizards signed Brandon Jennings on March 1. It could take some time for them to make a move, as the Cavaliers and other top teams will be in the mix for the best options that hit the market.

The Wizards could use some depth at the wing and center positions. They are set at point guard with Tomas Satoransky and Tim Frazier backing up John Wall, who is currently out due to injury. A shooting guard who could spell Bradley Beal or a small forward that would allow the Wizards to more often go small with Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre on the floor together would make sense.

The Wizards have some time to figure this out and just because the trade deadline has passed doesn't mean they are done adding pieces. Expect them to be active in the post-deadline free agent market.

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

Remember Ramon Sessions? Wizards set 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.

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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.

 

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

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

Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle LeBron James, George Hill, Larry Nance, Jr. and the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday night.

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

WASHINGTON WIZARDS AT CLEVELAND CAVALIERS

Where: Quicken Loans Arena
Tip-off: 8 p.m.
TV: TNT (pre- and postgame coverage on NBC Sports Washington Plus)
Live stream: TNTdrama.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Back in action

The Wizards return to the court after a week-long layoff due to the All-Star break. Add in the fact that they had three days off before their last game and this will be just the second game for the Wizards in the last 12 days. What is this, football?

The Wizards will try to overcome the rust to keep their momentum going. They entered the All-Star break having won seven of their last nine games. Though the time off was needed due to a wide array of injuries, the Wizards had a good thing going and will aim to recapture that against a good Cavs team.

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Tough stretch

The Wizards come back with a game against the Cavs, a difficult first assignment after such a long layoff. But this is just the beginning of what will be a very difficult part of their schedule. In their next 17 games, the Wizards will play 15 times against teams currently holding playoff spots. That includes the Warriors, Celtics, Spurs and Raptors.

The schedule is tough beyond their opponents. Four times in the next three weeks they will play back-to-back games and they have five games in the next seven nights. Hopefully the players recharged their batteries because it won't be easy.

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New-look Cavs

The Wizards and Cavs have played twice this season already and Cleveland took both of those matchups. However, that was all before the trade deadline when the Cavs overhauled their roster. They have won all three of their games since and look rejuvenated with younger players.

Now surrounding LeBron James are a host of new faces like George HIll, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. It will be interesting to see how the Wizards match up with this new group.

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