Here are the five plays or moments from the Wizards' blowout win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night that are worth revisiting...
1. Markieff Morris was listed as questionable at the Wizards' morning shootaround on Friday, a gametime decision for their matchup with the Pistons due to his sore left foot. He was ultimately determined to be good to go and start. And it didn't take long for Morris to make an impact, including this big dunk on a fastbreak in the first quarter:
2. John Wall ignited a fastbreak on Friday night that wasn't off a turnover or a relay pass. No, Wall simply ran past everyone with blinding speed to create his own transition dunk opportunity:
3. Bradley Beal's first three of the night just happened to be the 500th of his career. It came from 26 feet after a Marcin Gortat offensive board:
4. Beal also had this sick up-and-under layup. Beal finished with 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting.
5. Wizards forward Markieff Morris blocked his twin brother, Marcus, on the fastbreak. It was a bizarre sight, and afterwards the two couldn't help but smile about it:
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The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: