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Luol Deng was among Wizards' targets in free agency but Lakers offered more

Luol Deng was among Wizards' targets in free agency but Lakers offered more

Before Ian Mahinmi came into the picture to be signed by the Wizards, who secured him with a four-year deal worth $64 million, Luol Deng was their target. The sides never came to terms and the L.A. Lakers took him away, league sources told CSNmidatlantic.com at the time.

Turns out, Deng wasn't that much of a better option. Mahinmi injured his left knee that required surgery to repair cartliage before the season ever started. Then he developed tendinitis in the right knee and has played in just one game. He's now undergoing platelet-rich therapy on both knees and is projected to be out six weeks. Deng, 31, has started 31 games for the Lakers and is averaging career-lows of 8.0 points and shooting just 39% from the field. 

Zach Lowe of ESPN talked about him recently:

"The disastrous deals for Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng will make it hard for the Lakers to fit even one max-level deal signed after 2017, and almost impossible to absorb two. (The Lakers badly overpaid for Deng; Washington had traction with Deng on a three-year deal worth $20 million less overall than L.A. ended up paying, and was stunned to learn of L.A.'s offer, according to several league sources.)"

Lowe's report is accurate. According to a league source to CSNmidaltantic.com at the time, the Wizards and Deng were $1.5 million apart in negotiations. The Lakers offered the veteran a four-year deal worth $72 million. The Wizards also weren't willing to match the length of the contract for Deng, a stretch four option who has had diminishing returns since he was a two-time All-Star. 

Mahinmi ended up being the big-ticket item, though the Wizards went with Andrew Nicholson at Deng's position for $26 million over four years. 

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Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

He may have not been on an actual basketball court, but Rui Hachimura must have still broken a sweat during his NBA 2K matchup with Donovan Mitchell on Sunday.

He needed a real-life water break - and even had some help from a waterboy.

Hachimura, the 13 seed, took on four-seed Mitchell in the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament, and came out with a 74-71 victory. 

The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 to go to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

The Wizards picked up their sixth-straight win in eight games in Sunday night’s NBA 2K simulation, beating the Indiana Pacers 67-51 on the road.  

Bradley Beal wasted no time getting things started, knocking down an early three to put the Wizards on the board.   

Later in the second, Beal proved just how difficult he is to guard. With an assist from Davis Bertans, Beal finished with a huge slam to lift the Wizards over the Pacers 30-28, closing out the half.

Beal finished the game with 23 points in 21 minutes. 

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Rui Hachimura shows off

The rookie set the tone with a big alley-oop dunk in the first quarter, extending Washington’s lead by seven. He had 12 points at the end of the first half with 10 in the paint. 

Hachimura came back fueled up in the third, knocking the ball loose from T.J. Warren with a steal and dunk. 

 

Hachimura finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Game of runs 

Washington took advantage of a set pace to take an early lead over Indiana. The Wizards started the game with both a 7-0 and 13-2 run in the first quarter. 

The Pacers used their defense to answer in the second, taking the lead on a 22-6 run before the Wizards followed with a 16-6 run to end the quarter 35-30 at the half.

It got pretty close early in the third when Indiana went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 39-38 but the Wizards were able to fully reload going on a 13-2 run.

The Wizards would go on to continue the run to 29-9 later in the fourth to extend the lead to 19 with 35 seconds left.  

Washington had 11 offensive rebounds, nine steals (eight of which came in the second half alone) and 21 assists on 27 made field goals. 

Big man in the paint

Thomas Bryant controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

The 2K Wizards look to continue their winning streak as they return home to virtually host the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 

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