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Morning tip: Did John Wall, Bradley Beal do enough to get selected to All-Star Game?

Morning tip: Did John Wall, Bradley Beal do enough to get selected to All-Star Game?

Today, John Wall should learn that he's an All-Star for the fourth year in a row, after finishing sixth among East guards though he's the only one to average a double-double this season. The status of Bradley Beal qualifying for the first time is much more murky. 

But Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens didn't have much problem giving his thoughts on the Wizards' backcourt.

"He's really good," Stevens said after Beal scored 31 points on 18 shots in a 123-108 win over Boston on Tuesday. " I said it before the game,  Wall and Bradley are both in discussion for All-Stars and they should be. Tremendous young players. They impact every game like that, not just this game.”

Wall had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the same game. He has been the best player for the Wizards (25-20) all season, despite having to play his way into shape after surgeries to both knees May 5.

Kyrie Irving and DeMar DeRozan were voted starters in the East, with Wall's primary competion for reserve spots in Kyle Lowry, Isaiah Thomas and Kemba Walker. None of them is close to averaging a double-double like Wall, the only guard in the conference to do so, or his 25 double-doubles. 

Beal doesn't have as much competition at shooting guard outside of Dwyane Wade. He has had the best season behind DeRozan despite missing four games with different ailments, but there are no rules that stipulate what type of guard has to be selected.

The coaches' vote for the seven reserves in each conference closed Tuesday. Did they see what Wall and Beal do in dominating Thomas, who has a strong case in his own right, or did that even matter? Did most of them cast their votes before this latest run by the Wizards with 14 consecutive home victories?

If defense is incorporated at all into splitting the hairs for reserves, then Wall and Beal would be locks. None of the names mentioned is their peer on the defensive end but All-Star is more about popularity and respect than anything else. Why else did Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan get chosen so late in their careers?

Wall is putting up career numbers (23.1 points, 10.1 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 46.4% shooting) and Beal is getting better (21.9 points, 3.6 assists) as he was over 40% shooting from three until a recent 1-for-21 slump.

At the end of the season, being chosen to the All-NBA team is actually the more significant honor. If the Wizards can get into a top 4 seed after their 2-8 start to the season – they're only two games in the loss column behind the Toronto Raptors for the No. 2 seed – it's a safe bet that at least one and maybe even both will make it.  

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Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

As soon as the clock hit zero in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and cemented the Toronto Raptors as the 2019 NBA Champions, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Wizards were preparing to make a lucrative offer to Toronto GM Masai Ujiri. 

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig confirmed that Washington was prepared to give the Raptors top front office executive a deal that would be hard to refuse.

The rumored interest in Ujiri became the topic of the most recent Wizards Talk Podcast discussion, and Monday, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh spoke on the potential pairing. 

"If you're Ted Leonsis and the ownership in D.C., you're hoping that the Raptors are out [of the playoffs] early so you can start the talks and you can try to lure Masai Ujiri over a few days or a week but they dont have that time before Thursday's draft," Haberstroh said.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai to make such a huge decision in his career in the next couple of days."

Ted Leonsis' offer isn't the only factor trying to bring Ujiri to the nation's capital. The Raptors' executive has a relationship with former President Barack Obama, which could weight in the Wizards favor, and Ujiri's wife, Ramatu, attended high school in the D.C. area as well.

"If he takes this job, it is not about the basketball reasons, its all about the off-court reasons, whether it's Barack Obama recruiting him, or it's his wife who is from the area," Haberstroh added.

While Wizards fan would welcome Ujiri to Washington with open arms and hope that he is the missing piece to set the franchise in the right direction, Haberstroh isn't sure that Ujiri bolts from Toronto so soon.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai Ujiri to leave a champion in Toronto," Haberstroh said.


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'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

While the Washington Wizards struggled defensively last season, the organization is holding firm when it comes to rebuffing offers for Bradley Beal.

The New Orleans Pelicans showed sincere interest in the two-time All-Star before Saturday’s blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. That curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal, multiple sources told NBC Sports Washington.

The Pelicans are open to dealing the newly acquired fourth overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft according to numerous reports. New Orleans also landed three young players from Los Angeles -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart -- plus additional future picks and pick swaps.

Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source.

The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contracts.

This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders.

Beal, who turns 26 this month, just completed a near All-NBA season in which he and MVP candidate James Harden were the only players to average 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game. The ascending talent is the lone healthy starter on the roster with Wall sidelined until 2020 with a torn Achilles.