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5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pelicans

5 must-see moments from Wizards' win over Pelicans

Here are five plays or moments from the Washington Wizards' 107-94 win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night that are worth revisiting...

1. Bradley Beal had another huge night with 27 points (11-of-16 FG) and a season-high six rebounds. Two of those points came early in the first quarter on a dunk where the Pelicans just completely lost sight of him. Beal had a clear lane to the rim and slammed it home:

2. It wasn't long after that when Beal had another dunk. This one was with two-hands and with a bit more emphasis:

3. Those were nice, but this was the dunk of the night. John Wall drove the lane and threw it down over and around Anthony Davis, who is one of the NBA's best shot blockers:

Let's take another look at that. Notice Wall told the crowd in New Orleans to quiet down after slamming it home:

4. Okay, one more dunk. This one was by Jason Smith and it had play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz quite excited:

5. This last highlight is Wall once again beating a buzzer and making it look easy along the way. He dropped in a nice midrange jumper from the top of the key in the closing moments of the first half:

Okay, now for some internet courtesty of our @CSNWizards Twitter account. 

Beal hit a big fourth quarter shot and on his way back on defense gave a shrug, perhaps to the Wizards' bench. Whomever it was to, it was funny:

We also had some fun with Wall's poster dunk. CSN's graphics guru Mike Farrell came up with this one, putting Wall and Davis on an actual poster:

We're done with the memes. But there were two moments in our pre- and postgame shows worth sharing. First, here is Wizards Insider J. Michael getting in a pretty good shot at Wizards reporter Chris Miller, who loves DeMarcus Cousins:

And here is Miller getting J. back with a bit about his bright red shirt:

Another fun night in the world of the Wizards.

[RELATED: Takeaways from Wizards' road win over Pelicans]

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Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

As soon as the clock hit zero in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and cemented the Toronto Raptors as the 2019 NBA Champions, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Wizards were preparing to make a lucrative offer to Toronto GM Masai Ujiri. 

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig confirmed that Washington was prepared to give the Raptors top front office executive a deal that would be hard to refuse.

The rumored interest in Ujiri became the topic of the most recent Wizards Talk Podcast discussion, and Monday, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh spoke on the potential pairing. 

"If you're Ted Leonsis and the ownership in D.C., you're hoping that the Raptors are out [of the playoffs] early so you can start the talks and you can try to lure Masai Ujiri over a few days or a week but they dont have that time before Thursday's draft," Haberstroh said.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai to make such a huge decision in his career in the next couple of days."

Ted Leonsis' offer isn't the only factor trying to bring Ujiri to the nation's capital. The Raptors' executive has a relationship with former President Barack Obama, which could weight in the Wizards favor, and Ujiri's wife, Ramatu, attended high school in the D.C. area as well.

"If he takes this job, it is not about the basketball reasons, its all about the off-court reasons, whether it's Barack Obama recruiting him, or it's his wife who is from the area," Haberstroh added.

While Wizards fan would welcome Ujiri to Washington with open arms and hope that he is the missing piece to set the franchise in the right direction, Haberstroh isn't sure that Ujiri bolts from Toronto so soon.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai Ujiri to leave a champion in Toronto," Haberstroh said.


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'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

While the Washington Wizards struggled defensively last season, the organization is holding firm when it comes to rebuffing offers for Bradley Beal.

The New Orleans Pelicans showed sincere interest in the two-time All-Star before Saturday’s blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. That curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal, multiple sources told NBC Sports Washington.

The Pelicans are open to dealing the newly acquired fourth overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft according to numerous reports. New Orleans also landed three young players from Los Angeles -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart -- plus additional future picks and pick swaps.

Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source.

The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contracts.

This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders.

Beal, who turns 26 this month, just completed a near All-NBA season in which he and MVP candidate James Harden were the only players to average 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game. The ascending talent is the lone healthy starter on the roster with Wall sidelined until 2020 with a torn Achilles.