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This is how Webster's health will cost him a few million with Wizards

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This is how Webster's health will cost him a few million with Wizards

The optimism that the Wizards had for Martell Webster is waning, and his right hip strain officially is a cause of concern as he didn't join them for their second consecutive preseason road trip Tuesday. And for Webster, a major financial incentive is on the verge of dissipating as a result. 

For the fourth and final year of his four-year, $22 million contract to kick in as a full guarantee, which will be the 2016-17 season, Webster has to play a total of 180 regular-season games in the first three years, CSNmidatlantic.com reported at the time of the signing. If not, the final year will be a partial guarantee of just more than $2 million, CSNmidatlantic.com also has confirmed this week, which is less than 50% of the $5.9 million he could earn.

Webster played 78 and 32 games in the first two years of the deal so he'd have to play 70 of 82 games this season, an unrealistic expectation given the Wizards' depth at forward and his current health status. He has to be able to practice fully without a setback before he can play in an actual game, and as Webster continues to get his hip re-evaluated it's safe to say that he won't meet that threshold.

"It's always a concern when you're out the amount of time he's missed," coach Randy Wittman said last week, before the Wizards played the Philadelphia 76ers. "The main thing is getting him healthy so we'll continue to work on that."

Webster will have missed all seven preseason games. He was expected to play more at the "stretch" power forward position and missed a chance to prove in training camp that he has rebounded from three back surgeries.

Webster averaged a career-best 11.4 points and played in 76 games in 2012-13, his first season in Washington where he signed as a free agent. He played so well off of John Wall, it was a no-brainer to keep him but the injuries that have long derailed his career mounted again.

After the 2013-14 season, he had his third back surgery and didn't return to action until January 2015. 

With Jared Dudley (back surgery) and Alan Anderson (left ankle surgery) being out all of training camp, Webster had a window to showcase himself. He'd lost 20 pounds to lessen the load on his joints. But because of the pain in his hip, similar but not the same as the injury that Otto Porter had as a rookie, he can't participate in any contact drills. 

If Webster is a scratch after the 13th game of this season, Nov. 27 at the Boston Celtics, his contract status becomes official. The Wizards will have the option to buy out the balance at a fraction of his salary to clear his roster spot in the summer of 2016.

The only players who'll have fully guaranteed deals: Wall, Porter, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre. If Bradley Beal can work out an extension going into the final year of his rookie deal before Nov. 1, he'll be guaranteed, too.

The Wizards will have options on Drew Gooden, DeJuan Blair and Kris Humphries.

[RELATED: Wall gets legendary praise for off-court charity work]

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Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

Swaggy Picasso's Sole Talk had the Wizards taking notice opening night

The connection between athletes and their fans is a powerful thing in sports. The NBA is one of the trendiest, fashion-forward leagues in the world. From shoe design to overall wardrobe to eccentric personalities...the Association has it all on display for fans across the globe to consume. 

Lloyd Ferguson, a fan himself and native of Silver Spring, Md., is bursting onto the customized sneakers scene as an up-and-coming artist. 

His Instagram (@SwaggyPicasso) serves as his personal laboratory and a platform to share his creations. 

Prior to the start of Thursday night's Wizards-Heat game, NBC Sports Washington invited Ferguson to Capital One Arena for what would become a memorable night for the 23-year-old. 

Chris Miller and Drew Gooden featured Swaggy Picasso on the pregame show for an interview and sneaker showcase.

"The inside of my body was jiggling and moving. I was like 'I gotta keep composed and stay cool. You're on national televison, Lloyd.'" 

You would have never known it. 

Ferguson, who was a basketball player himself locally, grew up a Wizards and D.C. sports fan all around. 

Little did he know several Wizards would take notice of his artwork. 

Kelly Oubre, Devin Robinson and John Wall - each known for their wardrobes and respective styles - stopped by to take a peek at Ferguson's kicks. 

"Their reactions to my art was all I needed, honestly. They see the potential and growth. It's very overwhelming." 

It was a groundbreaking night for a young talent with lofty dreams and aspirations. 

Swaggy Picasso has no plans of stopping anytime soon. 

"I've been busting out these shoes day and night. I don't sleep. My desire to paint shoes is ridiculous." 

 

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Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Raptors: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards take to the court Saturday night looking for their first win of the season against the Toronto Raptors. 

In their first game of the season the Wizards laid an egg after the Miami Heat were missing three rotation players on the second end of a back-to-back. Similar problems emerged even with new offseason additions Jeff Green and Austin Rivers having stellar debuts. Dwight Howard did not play in the contest, still dealing with a butt injury. 

Now, the Wizards will go up against one of the favorites to win the Eastern Conference, the Raptors. They also acquired a former All-Star in Kwahi Leonard this offseason, trading away DeMar DeRozan. Besides the switch, this is pretty much the same squad that knocked the Wizards out of the First Round of the playoffs last season.

On Saturday the Raptors will be coming off a back-to-back after hosting the Boston Celtics on Friday night. Once again, another big opportunity for the Wizards against an Eastern Conference foe early in the season.

The Wizards-Raptors will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Capital One Arena and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington.

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Toronto Raptors, 2018 NBA regular season Game 2
Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.
When: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Raptors will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Raptors on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS TV SCHEDULE
6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)
7:00 PM: Toronto Raptors @ Wizards (LIVE)
9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)
10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)
10:30 PM: Redskins GameDay: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard (questionable)
Raptors: Delon Wright (day-to-day), OG Anunoby (probable)

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS PLAYERS TO WATCH

John Wall, Wizards: After speculation on if Wall would return to his peak form, he showed out on Thursday night. With 26 points, nine assists, and four blocks, the point guard was all around the court for the Wizards. 

Otto Porter Jr./ Jeff Green, Wizards: Covering Leonard is going to be a tall task. It is anticipated that the taller Otto Porter Jr. and Jeff Green to be the duo that will be covering the lengthy guard.  Neither guy are going to light-up the stat sheet on the offensive end, but after a nice showing by Green on Thursday look for them to split time defensively. 

Khawi Leonard: Leonard had 24 points and 12 rebounds in his debut with the Raptors, picking up right where he left off before his injury. Will a back-to-back affect the star that hasn't played consistently since 2016? 

WIZARDS vs. RAPTORS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 95 games
Regular Season Record: Raptors lead 48-37
Postseason Record: Wizards lead 6-4
Last Meeting: Raptors won 102-92
Last 10: Raptors lead 6-4

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