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5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Utah Jazz

5 must-see moments from Wizards' loss to Utah Jazz

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 102-92 loss to the Utah Jazz on Sunday evening at the Verizon Center that are worth revisiting...

1. For a dud of a game that saw the Wizards score just 39 points in the first half, Sunday sure had a lot of highlights. Both sides had their moments, including the Wizards despite an overall disappointing performance.

John Wall had another solid game with 23 points, 11 assists and four steals. He had five assists in the first quarter for the sixth straight game. One of his assists came on this play that was highlighted by a deadly crossover before he dished it to Marcin Gortat:

2. Most of these highlights are of the Wizards, but this one by Jazz All-Star Gordon Hayward deserves another look. The other night Hayward posterized Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thon Maker in the same game against the Bucks. On this play he did it to Bojan Bogdanovic:

3. Here is the highlight of the night. It's actually two plays by Wall, but they happened back-to-back. First he got a nice layup after another lethal crossover. Then, he threw down a vicious alley-oop following a steal on the next play:

4. Here are two more from Wall. The first is another dunk on the fastbreak, this a left-handed slam:

And this one is a bit of an honorable mention, given it didn't count. Wall stuffed Hayward against the backboard after the whistle:

5. Back to Bogdanovic. He had his best game as a Wizard so far with 15 points, including three three-pointers. This one was from way far out. Bogdanovic beat the clock at the end of the third quarter with a tough shot in traffic from about 35 feet away from the basket:

Those plays were nice, but it just wasn't the Wizards' night, as evidenced by Markieff Morris fouling out and then getting ejected on the same play:

And Bradley Beal's facial expression on this Rudy Gobert free throw attempt pretty much summed it all up:

[RELATED: Wizards complain of lack of free throws after loss to Jazz]

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Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.

The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. 

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.

The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.

Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.

If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.

The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis. 


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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C. 

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. 

"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."

Obama and Ujiri are close friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office. 

The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington. 

And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.