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Morning tip: Beal contends 'it's not as bad as people think'

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Morning tip: Beal contends 'it's not as bad as people think'

Bradley Beal clearly seeing the glass as half-full for the Wizards, even after they lost for the 11th time in a row head-to-head with the Dallas Mavericks. They're undermanned and lacking the bodies, but at least, as he sees it, the effort that was lacking earlier this season is there.

"Given the injuries and what we've been through so far, it's not as bad as people think it is," said Beal, who had 21 points but shot only 7 of 19 in Sunday's 116-104 loss. "We're not where we want to be but we're still competitive and competing. There is still a lot of games to be played. There's a few we wish we could have gotten back but there's a few we have made up for as well."

The Wizards (8-10) were able to get away with playing small-ball in Friday's win vs. the Phoenix Suns, but the Mavs were able to counteract it with putting Jeremy Evans (seven points, seven rebounds) and John Jenkins (five points) on the floor with Dirk Nowitzki (19 points, six rebounds, four assists) and Wes Matthews (36 points, six rebounds, five assists).

The Wizards won't have Drew Gooden (calf) for Monday's game at the Miami Heat but could get back Kris Humphries (ankle). Marcin Gortat (personal leave) could be returning this week though Nene (calf) is much further away from a return. Nene isn't making the trip to Miami.

Last season, the Wizards began 22-8. They didn't lose their 10th game until January, but the early part of this season's schedule is far more difficult. On top of that, they've dropped several games that they should've won on top of the recent injury rash.

If they can be over .500 by the time they're 30 games into the season, say 16-14, Beal may be proven correct. That, however, requires them to go 8-4 with the next six games in a row: vs. Houston Rockets, at New Orleans Pelicans, at Dallas, at Memphis Grizzlies, at San Antonio Spurs and vs. Charlotte Hornets.

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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: