NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller sat down with Wizards Interim President of Basketball Operations in an exclusive interview. Listen below.
When Isaiah Thomas signed a one year deal with the Wizards, it gave the team a much-needed veteran point guard to fill John Wall's role as he rehabs from an Achilles injury. For Thomas, it gave him a chance to prove he still has something left.
Tommy Sheppard, Wizards interim president of basketball operations is confident that Thomas will exceed expectations. "I want to take Isaiah at his word where he's at right now," he told NBC Sports Washington in the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "He's feeling great. He knows his body better than anybody and he knows where he needs to be as you get ready for an 82 game journey. So we trust him. You're talking about a guy who was fourth on the MVP ballot, he knows how to play in the NBA. We give him a little bit of latitude."
Thomas is used to defining the odds. As Sheppard put it, "It is easier to win the Powerball than it is to play in the NBA, especially at 5 foot 10." Thomas also had to fight back after being sidelined more than half a year following hip surgery.
The Wizards have faith in Thomas as both a player and a person. After losing veteran Jeff Green in free agency, the Wizards are looking for someone to be "a locker room sage, the leader, the wisdom." Sheppard believes that Thomas can grab that role. He also believes that he can take on another important role, helping John Wall in his journey to playing again.
"The other day I was with John when he took his first steps back on the basketball court, put a ball back in his hands and started working out for the first time he's on the court in six months. That's the longest he has ever been away from basketball," Sheppard said. "Well guess what? Isaiah's been there."
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The Washington Mystics (9-3) traveled to Las Vegas to take on the Aces (8-5) Friday evening, but the game was postponed due to a 7.1-magnitude earthquake.
Here's how some of the Mystics' players reacted to the phenomenon:
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake registered at 8:19 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time about 11 miles from Ridgecrest, California.
A 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit the same area at 10:33 a.m. on Thursday.
In other news, Wizards star guard, John Wall was courtside to cheer on the Mystics. Wall caught up with Mystic's guard and Wizards assistant coach, Kristi Toliver during the delay.
The game will take place at a later date; the Mystics were leading the Aces at halftime, 51-36.
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The Washington Wizards had to make a tough decision on day two of free agency by executing a sign-and-trade of Tomas Satoransky to the Chicago Bulls. The three-year, $30 million deal was a good payout for the 27-year-old second round pick from the Czech Republic.
Hours after the deal was finalized, Satoransky took to Twitter to show appreciation for the franchise that gave him a chance in 2012, and look ahead to his future in the Windy City:
Satoransky will join former Wizards teammate Otto Porter Jr. in Chicago. Porter was notably involved in the trade last season that sent Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and a 2023 second-round pick to Washington.
Since free agency commenced Sunday evening, Portis signed with the New York Knicks on a two-year $31 million deal, Jabari Parker isn't expected to return to the Wizards roster this offseason, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes.
Satoransky had a career season last year, starting 54 games as John Wall opted for have season-ending surgery to remove bone spurs in his left heel and repair his Achilles tendon. Satoransky averaged 8.9 points on 48.5 percent shooting from the field, 3.5 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The Wizards have a lot of work to do in order to fill out the roster for the 2019-2020 season, and that starts with replacing Satoransky at the starting point guard position.
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