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With Mahinmi on mend, Wizards aren't in a rush with trade deadline approaching

With Mahinmi on mend, Wizards aren't in a rush with trade deadline approaching

The NBA trade deadline talk will heat up each day between now and the Feb. 23 deadline at 3 p.m. ET, but a two-month hot streak has the Wizards in no hurry to do anything, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com, while Ian Mahinmi tries to work his way back onto the court.

Mahinmi had platelet-rich therapy on both knees Dec. 20 after missing all but one game after left knee surgery and tendinitis in the right one that developed. His recovery is projected to take six weeks, which would line him up to return next week.

His absence has required Jason Smith to log more minutes in his place, and while the Wizards have their ears open it's seems unlikely that they'll make any quick decisions.

For instance, the Orlando Magic are trying to move Serge Ibaka and his $12.5 million salary, according to Sporting News. Ibaka, however, is a free agent this summer where he can earn a hefty raise with the salary cap going up again. Otto Porter, who is having a career season as the NBA's top three-point shooter in accuracy, is a higher priority for the Wizards anyway. 

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Like this time last season when the Wizards were in desperate need ot a "stretch" power forward with Ryan Anderson available at the deadline, they weren't giving up assets to the New Orleans Pelicans (namely draft picks) for a player who wouldn't be obligated to return. That's why they opted to deal for Markieff Morris instead because he only cost $8 million per yaear on average and was locked in through 2019. Giving up a pick to acquire him with that cost certainity and knowing he'd return made him the better option. 

The 2017 draft is considred to be a much deeper draft which makes the picks more valuable. 

The Wizards, other league sources said, believe that Mahinmi has a chance to play before the All-Star break that begins after a Feb. 16 road game at the Indiana Pacers. That's eight games, starting Tuesday vs. the N.Y. Knicks, but Mahinmi has to go full-contact practice before he can play.

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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: