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Jarell Eddie becomes fully guaranteed with Wizards

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Jarell Eddie becomes fully guaranteed with Wizards

Jarell Eddie's $350,000 contract became fully guaranteed for the rest of the season with the Wizards, a person with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com, who had until 5 p.m. Thursday to waive him to clear his roster spot. 

Eddie, 24, was acquired as a free agent from the D-League to help fill a void with Bradley Beal (leg) and Gary Neal (thigh) out with injuries. 

He's averaging 5.6 points off the bench in five appearances. Eddie, who went undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2014, had a season-high 12 points in his first NBA game when he made four three-pointers in the fourth quarter in a win at the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 26. He's shooting 42% from three-point range.

The Wizards still have a $2.5 million Disabled Player Exception for Martell Webster, who was waived to create a roster spot for Ryan Hollins. Hollins was non-guaranteed, waived and Eddie signed in his place because needs changed.

Hollins landed with the Memphis Grizzlies but was waived earlier today before he became fully guaranteed. 

Just because the Wizards have the exception doesn't mean they'll use it. The Indiana Pacers, for instance, were granted a DPE for Paul George last season and didn't exercise it. Using the exception counts against the salary cap and it would require the Wizards waive a current guaranteed player.

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

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Chris Paul is reportedly recruiting LeBron James to the Rockets, which would change East dramatically

Next to actually signing LeBron James himself, there is another scenario involving the NBA's best player that should sound great to Eastern Conference teams. That is if James decides to leave the conference altogether for a team in the West, and it sounds like Chris Paul is trying to make that dream come true.

Paul, according to ESPN, is actively recruiting James to join the Houston Rockets. The Rockets won an NBA-best 65 games in the 2017-18 season and fell one win short of reaching the NBA Finals.

Here is what Adrian Wojnarowski said as transcribed by Pro Basketball Talk:

Chris is going to return there. And listen, right now, Chris Paul’s focus isn’t so much on his own free agency. He’s trying to recruit LeBron James to Houston, and somebody close to him said to me he is as focused on recruiting LeBron as anything he’s done in this league. He wants to find a way.

There's no doubt Houston would give James an opportunity to contend and maybe even win championships. They were up 3-2 on the Warriors in the conference finals before losing the final two games. Paul missed the last two games of the series due to injury.

If the Rockets were that close without James, adding him would likely push them over the hump. Even with the Warriors being as good as they are, the Rockets would be a super team on a level rarely seen in NBA history. James and Rockets guard James Harden are the two frontrunners for MVP. Then there's Paul, a perennial All-NBA guard who is a surefire Hall of Famer once his playing days are over.

If James went West, that would break the streak of his teams winning the Eastern Conference playoff bracket eight years in a row. The conference would be more wide open than it has been in nearly a decade, giving teams like the Sixers, Celtics, Raptors, Wizards and others a better shot at reaching the Finals.

One alternative is James leaving Cleveland to form another titan within the East. That could happen if he goes to Philly or Boston or somewhere else with some pieces already in place. It's conceivable that James stays in the East and does so with a team that is much better than the Cavs squad he led to the Finals this past season.

On the face of it, James would probably be smart to not go to Houston. As good as the Rockets are and as stacked as they would be if he joined them, he would then subject himself to battling the Warriors in the conference finals or earlier. If winning is his No. 1 goal, he is better off continuing to dominate the East and focus on improving his chances of beating the Warriors once he sees them in the Finals.

Still, Paul can dream. And if James does go West, no one in the East will complain.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Full 2018 NBA Draft preview for Wizards fans, including an interview with Robert Williams

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller talked all things NBA Draft.

They gave their picks for the best options for the Wizards, the safest and riskiest prospects, plus what they expect the team to do. Texas A&M big man Robert Williams also joined the show in a 1-on-1 interview.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!

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