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Florida State-Miami Capsule

Florida State-Miami Capsule

No. 12 Florida State (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) at Miami (4-3, 3-1), 8 p.m. (ABC)

Line: Florida State by 20 1-2.

Series Record: Miami leads 31-25.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

Bragging rights, again, which Florida State has held after each of the past two meetings, including a one-sided 45-17 romp in the Seminoles' last visit to Miami two years ago. Mostly, it's a chance for both teams to stay at or near the top of their respective divisions in the ACC. Florida State enters the weekend as one of four teams with one loss or less in the Atlantic, and Miami is one of four teams with one loss in the Coastal.

KEY MATCHUP

Florida State RB Chris Thompson vs. Miami's defense. Thompson is averaging 153 rushing and receiving yards in the Seminoles' last five games (getting more than 8 yards per touch in those situations). He's going up against a much-maligned Miami defense that's on pace to give up more yards and points than any team in school history, and one that saw its per-game average actually improve a bit last weekend by holding to North Carolina to 486 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Florida State: QB EJ Manuel. There aren't many Florida State quarterbacks with two wins over Miami on their resumes, and Manuel could join that club this week. And the typically-accurate Manuel is sharper than ever in that department this year, completing 72 percent of his throws.

Miami: LB Denzel Perryman. For Miami to have its best chance of pulling off this upset, someone on the defensive side will have to make plays, and Perryman figures to be the top candidate there. The Hurricanes are hoping Perryman can help ensure Florida State doesn't dominate on the perimeter.

FACTS & FIGURES

The teams have combined for 322 points in their last five meetings; they combined for only 132 in the previous five matchups. ... Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is 5-0 against in-state teams - Florida, Miami and South Florida - since taking over for Bobby Bowden. The Seminoles have scored at least 21 points in each of those five games and haven't given up more than 19 in any of them, winning by an average of nearly 17 points. ... Miami has two running backs with more than 400 yards so far this season, with Duke Johnson (428) and Mike James (402).

Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

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Former Hoya Marcus Derrickson signs a two-way contract with Golden State Warriors

Leaving the Georgetown Hoyas a season early is initially paying off for Marcus Derrickson. 

Less than a month before what would have been his senior season at Georgetown, the 6-7 forward has signed a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors. 

Derrickson nabbed the second two-way position on the Warriors after an outstanding Summer League translated to a solid preseason.

Fitting right into the Warriors deep-ball oriented scheme, Derrickson was 6-16 from three point range during the five-game preseason. He's a versatile stretch-four that continues to develop and improve on his outside game. 

By signing a two-way contract, the former All-Big East Second teamer will have a chance to get called up to the two-time defending NBA champions at any point this season for up to 45 days. The remaining time will be with the Warriors' G-league affiliate the Santa Cruz Warriors

This arrangement will earn Derrickson a contract of $75,000 and a prorated amount for however much time he is practicing/ playing with Golden State. 

If he is called up to the NBA for more than the allotted 45 days, then the Warriors are obligated to give him a minimum rookie contract. 

Derrickson continues to prove himself as the list of aspiring players dwindles. As each contract begins to near its end, the Warriors time after time offer another opportunity.

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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

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Trading Jodie Meeks gives Washington Wizards much-needed salary cap relief

With a luxury tax bill of approximately $19 million on the way, the Washington Wizards gave themselves some salary relief on Monday by trading veteran guard Jodie Meeks to the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Wizards attached a future second round pick and cash to the deal and in exchange received a future second round pick of their own, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. ESPN first reported the news.

Though Meeks, 31, was due to make $3.45 million this season, his departure saves the Wizards about $7 million because of projected tax penalties. That's a lot of savings in a deal that got rid of a player who had become expendable.

Meeks had fallen out of favor with the Wizards for a variety of reasons. He was due to serve a 19-game suspension to begin the season due to performance-enhancing drugs. The ban was announced the day before their first round playoff series against the Raptors was set to begin in April.

Meeks also underperformed last season in the first year of his contract with the Wizards and requested a trade in February. This summer, Meeks exercised his player option to remain with the team.

The Wizards were not likely to count on Meeks much at all this season because they traded for Austin Rivers in June to add depth at the shooting guard position. Meeks' role was made clear by the fact he did not appear in any of the Wizards' four preseason games against NBA opponents.

Meeks' tenure in Washington was a significant disappointment. The Wizards signed him last summer in hopes he could shore up the shooting guard spot on their bench. 

Though he stayed healthy for the first time in years, he never earned the trust of his coaching staff. The Wizards opted to rely more heavily on starter Bradley Beal, who logged the fourth-most minutes of any NBA player last season.

Now, they are moving on.

Meeks leaving the organization should have little effect on the Wizards, though it does leave them with a hole on their roster that needs to be filled. They currently have 13 players, one below the league minimum. The Wizards now have 14 days to add a 14th player.

They could sign a free agent, convert one of their players on two-way contracts (Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae) or make a trade. The Meeks deal gives them a $3.45 million trade exception.

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