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Deeper dive into Wizards' offseason: How Chris McCullough can keep roster spot

Deeper dive into Wizards' offseason: How Chris McCullough can keep roster spot

The player who is the most difficult to gauge going into the 2017-18 season for the Wizards is Chris McCullough, who spent most of his sophomore season in D-League and only appeared in two NBA games after he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets.

McCullough can be easily forgotten because he was a throw-in for the trade that brought Washington bench scoring in Bojan Bogdanovic.

There was no expectation that he'd be an immediate contributor. The Wizards' plan was to develop him and see what they have for the following season. A first-round pick in 2015, the third and fourth years of his contract are team options.

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The skinny: 2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 50% FG shooting; 14.3% threes; 16 appearances.

Best game: Nov. 14. It came when he was still a member of the Brooklyn Nets, making 6 of 9 shots for a season-high 13 points, three rebounds and two blocks in just 12 minutes (also a season-high) in a 32-point loss vs. the L.A. Clippers.  

Weak spots: He has to get physically stronger and develop three-point range, which is where he's going to make his living if he sticks in the NBA. McCullough only has attempted 41 in his career, making 14 (34%).

Fixes: McCullough has to work on his shot which is the easiest area to improve quickly. With his length (6-9, 7-3 wingspan) he can get looks. 

Next step: He'll be at Las Vegas summer league next month with a chance to play significantly. In past years it was Otto Porter and then Kelly Oubre as the feature players on the summer league teams. Who is it this year? Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu or McCullough? He can establish himself here before going into training camp in September. And the Wizards also hold the option on his contract so there's pressure on him to show progress.

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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again. 


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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.