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Four potential first round picks at Wizards Tuesday

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Four potential first round picks at Wizards Tuesday

Georgia State guard and NCAA Tournament hero R.J. Hunter headlines what is likely the Wizards' final pre-draft workout Tuesday at Verizon Center.

Three other potential first round picks - UNLV forward Christian Wood, Stanford swingman Anthony Brown, French center Mouhammadou Jaiteh -, are also expected at the six-player session.

The 6-foot-6 Hunter averaged 19.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.2 made 3-pointers during his junior season. Armed with deep shooting range and high basketball instincts, the wing threat was twice named Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year. He gained national attention for his game-winning shot in Georgia State's upset win over Baylor that knocked his coaching father to the ground.

Wood averaged 15.5 points and 9.8 rebounds last season. The versatile 6-foot-11 forward offers versatility and upside, but he might need more seasoning before making an impact in the league.

Brown, a 6-foot-7 senior, is a recent riser in the mock draft world. He averaged 14.8 points and shot 44% on 3-point attempts last season.

DraftExpress.com ranks Wood (25), Hunter (26), Brown (27) and the 6-foot-11 Jaiteh (37) among the top 40 prospects. Boston College guard Olivier Hanlan (50) and St. John's guard Sir'Dominic Pointer round out the group.

Washington owns the 19th and 49th overall picks in the June 25 NBA Draft. 

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The Wizards will work out dozens of prospects ahead of the draft. Therefore it makes sense to track them throughout the process. 

While their needs could change depending on moves in free agency, the Wizards are in the market for big men depth, backup point guard of the future and a ball-handling scoring threat off the bench.

In addition to listing basic information for the prospects below, we've added the player's slot on DraftExpress.com's list of the top 100 prospects plus additional draft links to CSNwashington.com articles, including the latest NBA mock draft and pre-draft profiles.

June 22 - C Ziga Dimec (Slovenia), F Duje Dukan (Wisconsin), Kevon Looney (F, 6-9, UCLA), G Jesse Morgan (Temple), C Youssou Ndoye (St. Bonaventure) and G Norman Powell (UCLA). 

June 18 Justin Anderson (F/G, 6-6, Virginia), Derek Cooke Jr. (F, 6-9, Wyoming/Friendly HS), Maxie Esho (F, 6-8, UMass/Wise HS), Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (F, 6-7, Arizona), Jordan Mickey (F, 6-8, LSU), Aaron White (F, 6-8, Iowa) 

June 15 - Ousmane Drame (F, 6-8, Quinnipiac), Tyler Harvey (G, 6-4, Eastern Washington), Rashad Madden (G, 6-5, Arkansas), Bobby Portis (F, 6-10, Arkansas), Jordan Sibert (; Green Bay G Keifer Sykes

June 11 - Brandon Ashley (F, 6-9, Arizona), Corey Hawkins (G, 6-3, UC Davis), David Laury (F, 6-9) Iona), Nikola Radicevic (F, 6-9, Serbia), Rashad Vaughn (G, 6-5, UNLV)Dez Wells (G, 6-4, Maryland)

June 10 -Traevon Jackson (G, 6-3, Wisconsin), Antoine Mason (G, 6-1, Auburn) , Gabriel Olaseni (C, 6-10, Iowa), M.J. Rhett (F, 6-9, Ole Miss), Satnam Singh (C, 7-2, India), Maurice Walker (F, 6-10, Minnesota). 

June 2 - Dallin Bachynski (C,  7-0, Utah), Will Cummings (G, 6-2, Temple), Amere May (G, 6-1, Delaware State), Jaleel Roberts (C, 7-0, UNC Asheville), Marcus Thornton (G, 6-4, William & Mary), Jarvis Threatt (G, 6-2, D-League/Delaware)

June 1 - Jerian Grant (Notre Dame, PG, 6-5); Darian Hooker (G, NYIT, 6-1); Cady Lalanne (C, Massachusetts, 6-10); Stefan Nastic (C, Stanford, 6-11); Juwan Staten (G, West Virginia, 6-1); Delon Wright (PG, Utah, 6-5)

MORE WIZARDS: NBA Mock Draft 7.0: The thinking man's version

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

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Celtics and Sixers may go relatively unchanged this offseason, as stars have gone elsewhere

The 2018 NBA offseason in just three weeks has become one of the wildest summers in the league's history between LeBron James signing with the Lakers, and all the characters that followed him, to DeMarcus Cousins surprising everyone to sign with the Golden State Warriors, to Kawhi Leonard getting traded to the Raptors.

As crazy as it all has been, two teams in the Eastern Conference stand out for so far doing very little, either by choice or circumstance. The Celtics and Sixers, the two teams most see as the favorites in the East, appear at least so far to be running it back with the same group of players.

This appears to be the Celtics' intention. After overhauling their roster last summer, they clearly see an opportunity to take a step forward as-is. Boston was one win away from the NBA Finals and will return Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving from injury. With James gone to the West, they can improve significanly just by keeping it all together.

Boston re-signed Marcus Smart and Aron Baynes. Their biggest addition this summer so far has been their first round pick, Robert Williams.

The Sixers, unlike the Celtics, didn't appear to plan on doing it this way. They wanted James and missed out. They reportedly had interest in Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, but both went elsewhere. There are no stars left to sign in free agency and the trade market may be drying up.

Philly made some minor moves like trades for Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala. They may also have a deal for Kyle Korver in the works. They also had two first round picks in Zhaire Smith and Landry Shamet.

There's a chance the Sixers got better than people think, as many of the moves they made seem smart. But they didn't reel in a big fish and will probably come back for the 2018-19 season with a team very similar to the one that made the second round of the playoffs this spring.

The fact the Celtics and Sixers may stand pat is probably a good thing for the rest of the East. Both teams may improve naturally if they are healthier and if their young players continue to ascend. But neither made a game-changing addition, one that would solidify either as an unstoppable superteam in the conference. 

The West is overloaded with title contenders and All-NBA players. The East, meanwhile, is much more open and it may end up staying that way mainly because Boston and Philly have been quiet so far this summer.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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