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Wizards reportedly receive No. 42 pick and Jonathon Simmons from 76ers for cash considerations


Wizards reportedly receive No. 42 pick and Jonathon Simmons from 76ers for cash considerations

The Wizards found a way to get into the second round of the NBA Draft, acquiring the No. 42 pick and wing Jonathon Simmons from the 76ers in exchange for cash considerations. 

Washington did not enter draft night with a second-round pick, but with so many roster spots to fill, they prioritized acquiring one. 

Notably, Wizards center Thomas Bryant was selected with the No. 42 pick. 

In return, Philadelphia gets cap relief by offloading Simmons' contract. Simmons, a 29-year-old swingman from Texas, earned fame in 2016 as a D-league journeyman who was called up by the Spurs and became a reliable contributor. 

He went on to start 50 games for the Magic in 2017-18 before being traded to the Sixers midway through last season. 


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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again. 


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Georgetown forward among several locals working out for Wizards on Monday

Georgetown forward among several locals working out for Wizards on Monday

The Wizards are hosting another round of prospects for pre-draft workouts on Monday. 

This group of six players doesn't include any names linked to the Wizards with the ninth overall pick of the NBA Draft, but could interest Washington as it looks to build out the Go-Go roster or take a second look at players in summer league. 

Three of the prospects visiting the Entertainment and Sports Arena Monday have ties to the Washington area, while one hails from Cameroon and plays professionally in Italy.

Here's a look at the group:

Brandon Better, guard, Southern Utah (6-3, 185 lbs.) 

A Suitland, Maryland, native, Better went to Crossland High School and played AAU basketball in Washington.

He started 16 of 33 games played for the Thunderbirds as a senior, when he was the team's second leading scorer with 12.2 points per contest. He also shot 34.9 percent from three-point territory. 

Joe Cremo, guard, Villanova (6-4, 191 lbs.)

Cremo hails from Scotia, New York, and transferred to Villanova after three seasons at the University of Albany. After jumping from the Amerca East to the Big East Conference, Cremo played in 36 games for the Wildcats and started in five. 

He averaged 4.0 points in 16.6 minutes per contest, but is known primarily as a three-point shooter on the wing. He hit four three-pointers in a February contest against St. John's. Cremo also played in all three Big East Tournament games. 

Jon Davis, guard, Charlotte (6-3, 200 lbs.)

Another DMV local, Davis hails from Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and played high school basketball at Hargrave Military Academy.

He finished up his senior season as one of the all-time greatest players in Charlotte 49ers history. His 2,113 career points are good for the third most in school history. The team MVP in 2018-19, he averaged 21.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. 

Such success is remarkable considering Davis played for three head coaches in his four years at Charlotte. 

Malik Dunbar, forward, Auburn (6-6, 230 lbs.)

Dunbar is an interesting case, known for athletic dunks and formidable size. According to the Auburn Plainsman, his build and explosiveness have drawn attention from NFL teams.

Getting back to basketball, Dunbar started 13 of 39 games he played as a senior, averaging 6.6 points and 3.2 rebounds per contest. Off the court, the South Carolina native was a valuable locker room leader during Auburn's Final Four run last season. 

Paul Eboua, forward, Africa (6-8, 214 lbs.)

Eboua is a Cameroonian 19-year-old who plays for the Roseto Sharks of Italy Seria A2. He has also played for the Stella Azzurra Junior Team based in Rome. With Roseto, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, starting 20 of 35 contests played. 

According to ESPN draft analyst Jonathan Givony, Eboua's wingspan and defensive potential could lure the NBA. 

Kaleb Johnson, forward, Georgetown (6-7, 220 lbs.)

A native of South Hill, Virginia, Johnson was ranked the No. 19 small forward in the country coming out of high school. He started every game for the Hoyas a junior before transitioning to a bench role his senior season. 

Johnson put up 4.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in a little under 13 minutes per game last season. Known as a leader on the basketball court, Johnson has also been recognized for his academic achievements at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business. 

His brother is projected first-round pick Keldon Johnson of Kentucky.