Shelvin Mack may have a new home.
The Wizards' 2011 second-round pick was selected fourth overall by the Maine Red Claws in the NBA's Developmental League draft on Friday. Mack was waived by Washington on Sunday after the team chose to keep veteran point guard Jannero Pargo and center Earl Barron entering the 2012-13 season.
Playing in 64 games as a rookie last season, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 3.6 points and 2.0 assists for the rebuilding Wizards. After staring collegiately at Butler as an off the ball scorer, Mack's NBA transition included learning the point guard role behind starter John Wall. Following Mack's shaky performance at the Las Vegas Summer League, the Wizards bolstered its point guard depth by signing free agent A.J. Price. Following the revelation that John Wall would miss several weeks of the season with a knee injury, the Wizards also added Pargo, a 33-year-old league veteran.
Mack stepped up his game during the preseason - 24 assists with four turnovers in eight games - but Pargo's presence and injuries up front forced the Wizards hand. Part of me initially thought that should Nene and Kevin Seraphin return from their respective injuries sooner than later, then just maybe the Wizards would choose to bring back another ball handler in Mack while jettisoning Barron. That was before the 7-footer led the Wizards with eight rebounds in 16 minutes in Tuesday's loss at Cleveland.
Center Travis Hyman (Bowie State), Sean Singletary (Virginia) and George Washington's point guard and leading scorer last season Tony Taylor all were drafted in the second round. Others with local ties selected in the D-League draft include Ralph Sampson III, Cliff Tucker (Maryland) and Jeremiah Rivers (Georgetown/Indiana).
The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: