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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Bulls

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 112-107 win over the Chicago Bulls at the Verizon Center on Friday night that are worth revisiting...

1. The Wizards got over the hump on Friday night after two straight losses in a win over the Bulls, a victory that saw a better effort on defense overall. Their defense in the first half was excellent, as they held the Bulls to just 40 points on 42.9 percent shooting.

Here is a defensive highlight from that first half. Jason Smith stole the ball to prevent a Bulls fastbreak, then hit a three, one of three for him in the game:

Smith tied a season-high with 17 points and set a career-high with his 16th three on the season.

2. Here's another steal, this one from Brandon Jennings. Jennings then turned it into one of his eight assists on the night with a pass to Kelly Oubre, Jr.:

3. More defense and more Oubre. On this play he pulled off an impressive chasedown block of Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine:

4. John Wall was the star of the night with a career-high 20 assists. But on this play he didn't need to pass.

Watch Wall hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to end the first half:

Wall finished with 14 points.

5. Speaking of Wall's 20 assists, here's No. 20 to set a new personal best:

The Wizards reached 42 wins on the season, one more than they had all of last year. Friday was game No. 68.

Defense was a theme on Friday night, but so was dancing. First, here's CSN reporter Chris Miller having some fun with R&B group Bell Biv DeVoe, the Wizards' postgame concert act:

Here's a kid doing a little dance during the second half:

And here is C-Mills and kids dancing to Bell Biv DeVoe. Just great stuff:

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' narrow win over Bulls]

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

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What It Means: Wizards reportedly expected to make extension offer to Bradley Beal

Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard.

And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  

"He's eligible for a three-year, $111 million extension," Wojnarowski said during ESPN's televised mock draft special. "I'm told it's the team's intention to offer that up to him and try and move forward."

Keeping Beal long-term may wind being a smart move, as NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig wrote this week. The extension would lock Beal up for the next five years and secure him and John Wall -- once he's fully recovered from offseason Achilles surgery -- as the Wizards' backcourt for the foreseeable future. 

The offer may seem financially burdensome, considering the Wizards just signed John Wall to a massive supermax extension that starts this season. But although the Wizards are currently strapped for cash, there's hope on the horizon. Ian Mahinmi's $15.6 million deal and Dwight Howard's $5.4 million deal expire after the 2019-2020 season.

The Wizards could decline Jabari Parkers $20 million team option and let Bobby Portis walk in restricted free agency this offseason. If both those happen, the Wizards could open up cap space for Beal's extension.

Considering John Wall is out for likely the entire next season and the Wizards still don't have a GM, their best move might be to lock in what proven production they have.


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How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

How Al Horford opting out could affect Bradley Beal

NBA free agency madness has started early this year. Just hours after it was reported Tuesday that Al Horford would opt out of his current contract to negotiate a more cap-friendly one for the Celtics, he's had a charge of heart. 

If Horford leaves, would it make it more or less likely that the Celtics make the Wizards an offer for Bradley Beal? 

According to Sports Illustrated NBA Insider Chris Mannix, who appeared on NBC Sports Boston this week, made the possible case for Boston to pursue the two-time All-Star in a trade.

Ted Leonsis, the owner in Washington, loves Bradley Beal, but a new GM could walk in there and say look, I've got John Wall probably not playing next season. Bradley Beal has three years left on his contract. He is an enormously valuable trade asset. Can you get a Bradley Beal without throwing a Jayson Tatum in a trade? I don't know. But Bradley Beal is the next big star, I think, that could be available.

The Wizards are reportedly reluctant to part with Beal, but that doesn't mean there's a lack of buzz. In fact, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million extension when he's eligible in July, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Pelicans have shown sincere interest, according to NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig, and there is speculation surrounding the Knicks, yet the Wizards have stood pat.

When it comes to the NBA offseason, however, Kevin Garnett said it best: anything is possible. 

The Celtics have the assets to make a realistic offer. They own three first-round selections in the draft—14, 20 and 22—along with two blue-chip prospects in Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.

But much of it could hinge on Horford's decision.

The Celtics' most consistent player over the past three years, losing Horford would be a poor start to what looks like a possibly dreary offseason for the Celtics. If the Celtics strike out in free agency and Washington decides to move Beal, perhaps a trade would be Boston's big swing.