Less than two weeks after getting traded from the non-playoff appearing Washington Wizards and just days after receiving a 13.7 million buyout from the New Orleans Hornets, Rashard Lewis is taking his remaining talents to South Beach. Not to retire, to play for a ring with the NBA champion Miami Heat.Nice life if you can swing it.No details yet, but early best estimates suggestLewis swung a two-year deal with the Heat for the veteran's minimum, a measly 1.35 million per season. (He's made nearly 139 million during your 14-year career, so yes, I said measly).Obviously injuries, age and mileage have sapped the 32-year old's game.However, there is a big difference playing for a youthful and at times dysfunctional Wizards squad compared to the champion Heat. When Lewis is on the court with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Ray Allen, he will be open more than 7-Eleven. With defenders focusing elsewhere,the career 39 percent 3-point shooter will have less people guarding him than an overthrown third world leader. Miami could be a nice fit for the stretch-power forward,if indeed he's still got game, and vice-versa. If not, Lewis gets paid to watch LeBron and company from a courtside seat.Like I said, nice life if you can swing it.
The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little.
White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside.
Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.
Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9.
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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.
The Pelicans have agreed to a deal to trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks – including the No. 4 overall in 2019 Draft, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 15, 2019
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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