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SEE IT: Wizards' Davis Bertans shows off incredible dunks

SEE IT: Wizards' Davis Bertans shows off incredible dunks

From TikTok dances to pushup challenges, this quarantine has everyone at home trying anything on social media to stay entertained. Wizards sharpshooter Davis Bertans is a much simpler man -- old fashioned, if you will. 

So on Thursday morning, he partook in a classic social media hashtag: #ThrowbackThursday. The post featured him soaring through the sky for a vicious putback slam while playing for Saski Baskonia.

He's more than just a shooter, you know? 

In the comments section of his post, Bertans' brother Dairis, who plays overseas for Khimki of the VTB United League and the EuroLeague, provided a bit of a dig at Davis' video saying: "Since we can't be on the court and enjoy doing what we love, I guess everyone is posting throwbacks now?"

To which Davis responded, "#FlashbackFriday tomorrow?"

I guess we'll just have to wait and find out.

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NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

Davis Bertans was one of the most sought-after bench upgrades on the trade market this season, and now that the trade deadline has come and gone, he remains in Washington D.C.

Tommy Sheppard said in mid-December that despite the interest in Bertans and his upcoming free agency, the Wizards intended to keep him. They've stuck to that plan, even though Danny Ainge and the Celtics apparently tried hard to acquire the Latvian Laser. 

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics made several strong offers to the Wizards for Bertans, but Washington wouldn't budge. They remain committed to a core of Bertans, Bradley Beal and John Wall. 

The Wizards' reported asking price for Bertans was two first-round picks as of a few hours before the trade deadline. The Celtics had plenty of draft assets to get the deal done, owning three first-rounders in the 2020 draft alone. Boston could have offered two firsts and perhaps Enes Kanter for Bertans, but it appears nothing Ainge could give swayed Sheppard. 

Now the focus will shift to this summer. Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent, able to sign wherever he wants. Few teams have considerable cap space after clubs spent over $3 billion combined in free agency last year, so the fact the Wizards own Bertans' bird rights is more of an advantage than usual. 

Whether you wanted the Wizards to trade Bertans or not, Wall has to be happy the Wizards held on to Bertans and plan to re-sign him. Earlier this week, Wall endorsed Bertans as one of the most impressive Wizards this season and how he can't wait to play with him and Beal at the same time. 

"I think it's very amazing if I get the opportunity to have him and Brad on both ends at one time," Wall said.

If everything goes according to plan, Wizards fans should be in store for an exciting offense for the 2020-21 campaign.

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NBA announces drastic changes to the 3-point contest

NBA announces drastic changes to the 3-point contest

There are some new changes coming to the NBA's 3-point contest in attempts to modernize the event. 

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported Tuesday evening that "each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25," as well as "each competitor will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60."

However, the most drastic change comes in the form of the "MTN DEW Zone," which are "two additional shots that will come from six feet beyond the 3-point line." A "special green ball" will be used for these shots which are taken between the racks located on the wings and the one at the top of the key. 

"The change is being made in part to stay consistent with the times, since NBA players are shooting more shots from deeper distances than ever," Reynolds said. "There have been nearly 300 shots made from at least 30 feet this season, already more than the total from last season."

The NBA also announced the full slate of 3-point competition participants, one of which is, in fact, Washington Wizards, forward Davis Bertans. 

Other participants include Portland’s Damian Lillard, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield, Charlotte’s Devonte’ Graham, Miami’s Duncan Robinson, Atlanta’s Trae Young, Chicago’s Zach LaVine and Brooklyn’s Joe Harris.

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