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Wizards waive Carrick Felix, send rookie to G-League

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Wizards waive Carrick Felix, send rookie to G-League

The Wizards made a pair of roster moves on Thursday afternoon, one of which was expected and one that came as a surprise.

The expected move was sending rookie Devin Robinson to the Delaware 87ers of the G-League. The surprise was waiving guard Carrick Felix, which now leaves them with an open roster spot.

"Carrick came out of nowhere. I didn't know much about him," head coach Scott Brooks said. "He came on in September and really did a great job putting himself in a position to earn a spot. That's just a tough part of the business."

Felix, 27, leaves the Wizards without appearing in a single game. He was suspended on Sunday against the Sacramento Kings for his involvement in the fight between the Wizards and Warriors last Friday.

The Wizards won in a blowout and Felix likely would have played if he weren't suspended.

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Felix hasn't appeared in an NBA game since 2014. He spent part of the 2013-14 season with the Cavaliers, only to have his career derailed late in 2014 by a devastating knee injury. He was the feel-good story of training camp when he made the Wizards' roster to open the season.

It is unclear what the Wizards plan to do with their open roster spot. They could sign a free agent, add a player via trade or convert one of their two-way rookie contracts into an NBA deal.

"It just gives us some flexibility. Nothing is planned right now, but we're always looking to improve our team," Brooks said.

Robinson is now ready to play after rehabbing a stress fracture in his left foot. He is on a two-way contract and will join fellow rookie Michael Young in Delaware.

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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Their invitation was rescinded by president Donald Trump following a back-and-forth between the two sides last year.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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