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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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Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Watch Rui Hachimura’s shutdown block

Rui Hachimura continued his dominance in international friendlies Saturday as he put up 31 points and five rebounds in a winning effort over Germany.

After a highlight-reel performance in Thursday's loss to Argentina, Hachimura was back at it two days later.

That block at the 37-second mark is just filthy. It would also be goaltending in the NBA, but FIBA rules allow players to touch the ball at pretty much any time once it's made contact with some part of the hoop. Nevertheless, the athleticism to make this play is what stands out.

But Hachimura wasn't finished.

He looks more like Steph Curry leading that breakaway, dribbling behind his back and finishing at the rim himself than a 6-foot-8 forward.

With the international friendly schedule at its end, Japan will tip off the 2020 FIBA World Cup on Sunday, Sept. 1 against Turkey. After a matchup with the Czech Republic, Hachimura and Japan will take on his future NBA opponents when they face the United States on Sept. 5.

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Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.

Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.

“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”

Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.

“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”

Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.

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