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Cavs recall Leuer, Walton excused

Cavs recall Leuer, Walton excused

CLEVELAND (AP) The Cavaliers have recalled forward Jon Leuer from Canton and excused forward Luke Walton to ``address a personal matter.''

Leuer played in five games for the Cavs before he was assigned to the Charge, an NBA Development League team. He averaged 19.5 points and 12.3 rebounds in eight games for Canton. Leuer will be in uniform when Cleveland plays Chicago Monday.

Walton is averaging 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 13 minutes this season.

Cavs center Anderson Varejao will miss his 10th straight game Monday with a bruised right knee. The Cavs expect Varejao to return to practice Tuesday and it's possible he'll play in Wednesday's home game against Atlanta. Varejao was leading the NBA with 14.4 rebounds per game before getting hurt.

Tristan Thompson has thrived in Varejao's absence, averaging 13.2 points and 12.9 rebounds.

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It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR

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It's been 13 years since Ryan Zimmerman hit his first career walk-off HR

On June 18, 2006, a 21-year-old Ryan Zimmerman beat the New York Yankees with one swing. The once rising star who would later be nicknamed 'Mr. Walk-Off' launched his first career game-winning home run 13 years ago today. 

The blast marked the 10th long-ball of his big league career and came on Father's Day with his dad, Keith, in the stands. 

Fast forward to 2019 and the now 34-year-old owns a .279 career batting average with 267 home runs. 

But 2019 hasn't given him much of a chance to add to those totals, seeing how he's played in just 22 games after being placed on the 10-day Injured List April 28 because of plantar fasciitis

His recovery, though, is well underway. NBC Sports Washington's Todd Dybas reported Tuesday that the first baseman ran the bases and will do so again Wednesday. If these drills go well, look for the veteran to begin a rehab assignment as part of his continued efforts to return to help the Nationals make a run in his 15th season. 

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Nassir Little is top of his class, in the draft and in school

Nassir Little is top of his class, in the draft and in school

Check out Chris Miller's full 1-on-1 interview with UNC's small-forward, Nassir Little down below.

The draft order has been decided, teams are hosting final workouts, and the NBA Draft is just a few days away. On June 20, the Washington Wizards will pick 9th overall with the hope to add some help on defense. The team has hosted workouts and invited players such as University of Noth Carolina's, Nassir Little.

NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller sat down with Little after his workout with the Wizards. His skill on the court is not the only thing that should impress people.

Little graduated from Orlando Christian Prep as salutatorian in 2018. Miller joked on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk Podcast that he should be referred to as "Nassir Little the science guy." 

The 19-year-old has a passion for science and learning. "I just really like learning about everything and how stuff works, it's what I was into." Little broke down his play style "scientifically" calling himself a player that is extremely athletic, able to guard multiple positions and "a guy with a 40 inch vertical."

Miller noted that the Wizards have been the only team that has highlighted his abilities in the classroom. 

Little's graduation rank is quite uncommon. However, he is not the only draft pick to graduate near the top of his class. Grant Hill graduated as the valedictorian and was drafted 3rd overall in 1994. Both Little and Hill wore blue during their time in college. Little sported Carolina Blue for one year while Hill spent four years in Duke blue. 

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