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Wizards waive Donald Sloan, roster likely complete

Wizards waive Donald Sloan, roster likely complete

The Wizards waived veteran guard Donald Sloan on Saturday afternoon, one day after their final preseason game against the New York Knicks.

Sloan's departure likely means that guard Carrick Felix has earned their final roster spot as they look ahead to opening night on Wednesday against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sloan, 29, joined the Wizards over the summer as a training camp invite.

He appeared in three preseason games and, once Sheldon Mac went down with an Achilles injury, became one of the final two candidates for the Wizards' 17th roster spot. Felix, however, impressed throughout the preseason and fills a void as a perimeter defender.

Sloan spent last season in China after five years in the NBA. He last played for the Brooklyn Nets in 2015-16.

Felix, 27, has been out of the NBA since 2014. He appeared in just seven games with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2013-14 season before spending time in the D-League and then rehabbing a severe knee injury. 

Felix has an interesting backstory. He is from a military family, as his father was in the Air Force. He was born in Las Vegas, NV but spent time in the Washington area as a kid. 

Felix has a master's degree from Arizona State University, does keynote and motivational speaking in the offseason and co-owns a tech start-up

For more on Felix, check out our 1-on-1 interview on the Wizards Tipoff podcast:

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5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

5 must-see moments from Wizards' tough loss to Bucks including John Wall's circus shot

Here are the five best plays or moments from the Wizards' 104-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday afternoon...

1. John Wall came out swinging in the first half with 22 points, 16 of them in the first quarter alone. 

This was one of his best plays. Wall split two defenders and then flipped it in off the glass:

Wall finished with 27 points, nine assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks. 

2. Kelly Oubre, Jr. led the Wizards' bench with 19 points, five rebounds and a block. He missed on this play, but nearly dunked on Giannis Antetokounmpo. That would have been something:

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3. Oubre did get this one to go down. He popped a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter:

4. Wall had some nice passes including this alley-oop lob to Tomas Satoransky. Sato got way up there:

Satoransky also threw down this alley-oop pass earlier thrown by Bradley Beal:

5. This last play was by the Bucks and it was not something you see every day. Antetokounmpo fired an assist through his legs like a longsnapper:

The Wizards lost a close one. Now they head to Charlotte to begin a five-game road trip.

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On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

On MLK Day, John Wall wonders what King would think about race relations under President Trump

John Wall spoke at length over the summer about race relations in the United States following the violence in Charlottesville in August orchestrated by white supremacists.

Following the Wizards' game against the Bucks on Martin Luther King, Jr. day on Monday, Wall was asked about the subject again.

Wall does not believe improvements have made in the last few months with President Donald Trump in office and he wonders how King would react if he were alive to see the current state of America.

"I think he still wouldn't be satisfied. We're still dealing with it. I think it got better for a little period of time, but with the new president we have I think things are going backwards. We've been dealing with it the last couple of years. There are some things we still need to figure out," Wall said.

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The Wizards play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day every year and Wizards players cherish the tradition. It is not lost on Wall that he plays in Washington, D.C. where King made his famous 'I Have A Dream' speech and led the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.

“That’s just an honor and a blessing," Wall said.

"We are all still sticking to what he had with this dream, and we are just trying to get everything to be right with it. To be able to play in this city is an honor."

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Wall says he tries to embody King's dream in his own life. King helped lead the civil rights movement that paved the way for equal rights and Wall, an African-American, has much to thank for those who fought. Every American does.

Wall says he wants to make King proud.

“I just hope that he appreciates what I’m doing. I’m doing myself very well. I hope he’s thankful for what I’m doing. I’m striving to be a better African-American athlete, and just as a person first of all – I think that’s the most important thing," he said.

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