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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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Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Local teams, stars congratulate Elena Delle Donne on historic second WNBA MVP award

Elena Delle Donne is, once again, the Most Valuable Player in the WNBA.

She's the first player in WNBA history to earn the honor with two different teams.

"I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington," Delle Donne said in a release.

After the announcement of Delle Donne's historic achievement, her teammates and the greater D.C. sports community showered her with praise all over social media.

Delle Donne and the Mystics will take on the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday night.

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Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne named 2019 WNBA MVP for the second time following historic season

Elena Delle Donne has done it again.

For the second time in her career, the Washington Mystics' star has been named the WNBA MVP, Monumental Sports announced Thursday.

Delle Donne is the first WNBA player to earn the prestigious award with two teams, her 2015 honor while with the Chicago Sky.

“I would like to thank my teammates and coaches and our wonderful fans--I have the greatest teammates in the world, our coaches have put us in a position to succeed by forming this awesome unit and the energy of our fans has given us the best home-court atmosphere in the league,” Delle Donne said in the statement.

“Everyone has had a part in this, especially my wife and family, and it took a lot of hard work and focus from all of us together to get to this point.  I am extremely proud of this honor, but we still have work ahead of us and we’re all focused playing our hardest to bring a championship to Washington.”

During her 2019 season with the Mystics, Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists, securing her spot on the All-Star team for the sixth time. Her most unbelievable feat, however, was becoming the first WNBA player to join the prestigious 50/40/90 club.

Delle Donne earned 51.5 percent from the field, 43.03 percent from beyond the arc and an incredible 97.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Mark Nowitzki and Malcolm Brogdon are the only players in the history of the NBA to accomplish that feat.

The Mystics look for another win Thursday night en route to a Championship against the Las Vegas Aces for Game 2 of the WNBA Semifinals at 8:30 p.m.

You can watch the game on ESPN 2.

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