If we take the reported list of five teams - including the Wizards - eyeing free agent guard Courtney Lee as fact, the quintet is now a foursome. Seeing as how many of you chimed in on this topic earlier in the week I thought an update was the right thing to do.At least one would think after the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly signed Jamal Crawford to a three-year, 15.7 million contract. The Clippers traded for ex-Wizard Nick Young last season to boost scoring at the guard slot opposite Chris Paul, but that slot opened up with Young hitting free agency (Yahoo Sports is reporting Young signed a 1-year deal with the Sixers on Friday).Los Angeles also re-upped with Chauncey Billups, who will start in the backcourt, allowing Crawford to work his sixth-man magic.So, does that put the Wizards any closer to adding Lee, a player that many of our CSNwashington commenter's apparently would love to have? Eh, probably not.For starters, as I wrote about this week, the Wizards are all stocked up at shooting guard and small forward. While they could use another perimeter threat - Leeshot 40 percent from beyond the arc in each of the past two seasons - the Wizards are not going to jeopardize the development of Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford by adding another player whose demands will include significant playing time (Lee played 30 minutes a game for Houston last season.). And no, moving the volume-shooting Crawford to the backup point guard slot behind John Wall is not a realistic option.Though he can play in the frontcourt in certain scenarios, the 6-foot-5 Lee is undersized if extensive time at small forward is expected. Trevor Ariza will receive plenty of minutes and several of the Wizards young forwards will take the rest.More important than the Wizards angle, look at Lee's other reported options.The Pacers, Bulls and Mavericks were the other teams on that list. From a postseason perspective, if that is of high importance to Lee, all three rankabove than the Wizards. From a playing time angle, Indiana could lose Leandro Barbosa in free agency, Chicago needs offense without Derrick Rose and Dallas, wow.The Mavs summer plans have simply imploded now that Deron Williams is staying with the Nets, Jason Kidd and Jason Terry have headed East and Dwight Howard remains in Orlando (for now, anyway). Theynow have plenty of roster and salary cap room with which to add the 26-year-old.
After already making significant changes to their roster, the Wizards may not be done this offseason, as they have been in talks with the San Antonio Spurs about a potential trade for superstar Kawhi Leonard, according to a new report by ESPN
Read this from Adrian Wojnarowski:
Still, the bidding war among Boston, Philadelphia and the Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver, Phoenix, Portland, Toronto and Washington are among teams who've talked with San Antonio, league sources said.
The Wizards certainly make sense as a Leonard suitor. They are in the East, meaning the Spurs could trade Leonard to them and not have to worry about facing him as often. Plus, they have a solid group of tradeable assets and ones that seem to fit the Spurs model.
Otto Porter is a versatile, young player under team control who plays an unselfish style and would likely embrace playing in a small market. He also has a salary ($26M in 2018-19) that isn't far off from Leonard's ($21M in 2018-19), so the money could be easily matched.
The Wizards also have Tomas Satoransky and Kelly Oubre, Jr., two young and up-and-coming players. Plus, they have draft picks, though ones that are unlikely to convey as lottery selections.
The Spurs have reportedly been more interested in getting players that can help now rather than draft picks to rebuild. That makes sense, as they still won 47 games last year despite Leonard only playing in nine of them due to injury.
The question in any Wizards and Spurs talks would be whether they would want one of Washington's All-Stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. It would be tough to imagine the Wizards parting with either guy for Leonard, who carries some risk not only because of his quadriceps injury but also because he can opt out of his contract and leave after next season.
Just because the Wizards have talked to the Spurs doesn't mean they are serious contenders for Leonard, but it does show they are serious about improving their roster this summer. If they got Leonard and didn't part with Wall and Beal, that would be some team.
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The 2018 MLB All-Star celebrity softball game produced an unlikely friendship, one between an NBA superstar and one of the world's most famous scientists.
Perhaps friendship is a strong word, but for whatever reason, Wizards All-Star guard John Wall loves him some Bill Nye the Science Guy.
During the game, Nye — who grew up in the D.C. area and is a Nationals fan — poked and infield single and Wall celebrated like Kelly Oubre, Jr. just threw down a windmill dunk. He ran out to first base to congratulate Nye, who, at 62 years old can apparently still swing a bat.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman and rapper Wale joined Wall to celebrate:
John Wall, Josh Norman and Wale love them some Bill Nye the Science Guy. pic.twitter.com/nEHXO270kV— Chase Hughes (@ChaseHughesNBCS) July 17, 2018
Perhaps Wall was caught up in the absurdity of the entire event, which is by all means absurd. Wall was on a team with Nye, Tim Kurkjian, Jennie Finch, Andre Dawson and many other celebrities. They were playing opposite a team with Jamie Foxx and Jess Mendoza.
The whole thing was bizarrely fun and Wall and Nye's moment certainly stood out.
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