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Morning tip: How Wizards could compensate if Pierce leaves

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Morning tip: How Wizards could compensate if Pierce leaves

With the Wizards now knowing for certain that Paul Pierce will opt out of the second year of his contract, they'll proceed as if he's not returning and secure a replacement (It may be a longshot but he still could re-sign here and get 120% of last season's $5.5 million salary). 

They don't have any room under the salary cap so free agents such as DeMarre Carroll or Khris Middleton, blossoming, younger small forwards on the market who are in line for career paydays, are out of the question. The Wizards would have to acquire players of that caliber through a sign-and-trade but don't have the assets to facilitate such a deal.

They have to make it work with two salary-cap exceptions at their disposal: Mid-level of just more than $5 million (used to sign Pierce) and the bi-annual exception of just more than $2 million (used two seasons ago to sign Eric Maynor).  

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Option: 1: Trust that Otto Porter, who has yet to prove over the course of an 82-game season that he's ready to be a 30-plus minutes a game starter, is up for the job. Porter played spectacularly at times during the postseason behind Pierce but is that enough proof? Plenty of players have had short bursts but couldn't sustain it long-term. Based on the preliminary thinking about small forward Kelly Oubre, who was taken in the first round of Thursday's draft when the Wizards traded for the No. 15 pick, he's not ready to be Porter's backup. That means the Wizards would have to use an exception (ideally the bi-annual here) or find a player at the veteran minimum. Rasual Butler told CSNwashington.com last week that he still was in the mix to return. He played for the minimum which was $1.4 million last season. Others that can be had for the minimum who are available: Tayshaun Prince, Richard Jefferson, Omri Casspi, Luke Babbitt or Francisco Garcia. 

Option 2: Keep Porter as the primary backup and Oubre stays the No. 3 player in the rotation and gets only spot minutes while he develops. Use the mid-level exception for a veteran as the starter such as Mike Dunleavy, Corey Brewer or Jared Dudley. Each has been a spot starter and the mid-level deal would be a raise above what they earned last season. Porter still would get 25 minutes a game here and the roles could be flipped at any point if Porter emerges as the best choice. 

Option 3: Use both on guards since there's not much ball-handling after Ramon Sessions off the bench. C.J. Watson, who the Wizards courted in 2013 and made an offer to (he declined) before going to Maynor, is available. Jeremy Lin will take a massive pay cut now that he's unrestricted, though he might demand the mid-level. Donald Sloan had a career season for the Indiana Pacers. Watson made the bi-annual rate last season but Sloan would be getting a raise. Since Sessions isn't a good shooter, someone who can do just that would be ideal. If the Wizards use these exceptions on two quality guards who can shoot, they'll be smaller but offensively more versatile though lack size at small forward. A guard also could play his way onto the 15-man roster though summer league (Dez Wells or Roddy Beaubois) which probably would be a minimum salary.

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Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

Jeff Green happy to reunite with head coach Scott Brooks on Wizards

The city of Washington, where he grew up near and was a star in college at Georgetown University, isn't the only factor that makes joining the Wizards familiar for Jeff Green. He is also reuniting with his former coach, Scott Brooks, who now leads the Wizards.

Long ago, Brooks was cutting his teeth on the sidelines while Green was finding his way on the court. When Green was a rookie on the Seattle Supersonics in 2007, Brooks was a 42-year-old assistant coach. The team moved to Oklahoma City the following year and by late November of 2008, Brooks was the head coach after P.J. Carlesimo was fired.

Brooks helped oversee Green's first four seasons as an NBA player and Green remembers those days well.

"He looked way better than he does now," Green joked.

Brooks, now 53, has a knack for taking playful shots at those he works with, whether that be players, fellow coaches or the media. Green is clearly on that level and feels comfortable ribbing his head coach, knowing he can both dish it out and take it.

All jokes aside, Green is still appreciative of the tutelage he received from Brooks back in the day.

"Scotty was my No. 1 guy, he’s always been, but when I first stepped foot on an NBA floor, he was there for me. He was a coach with Seattle when I first got into the league," Green said.

The NBA has taken Brooks and Green to very different places in the seven years since they split ways. Green left for the Celtics and has since played for the Grizzlies, Clippers, Magic and most recently the Cavaliers. Brooks stuck around with OKC through the 2014-15 season before he was let go. After taking a year off, he joined the Wizards.

Much has changed in Brooks and Green's lives. They have lost and gained jobs. Their families have grown. Now, they are back on the same team and Green is excited about it.

"We’ve been close and tight ever since. We never lost contact. So, I’m looking forward to being coached by him again. I know he’s going to put us all in great positions to succeed. We just have to do our part on the floor," Green said.

Green spoke with Brooks on the phone before deciding to sign with the Wizards as a free agent in July. His presence was one of the many reasons he felt Washington was a good fit.

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

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NBA MVP odds are out, with some names missing

Bovada's 2018-19 NBA MVP odds were released, and there's a few head-scratchers on the list. 

First, let's keep in mind that these odds are to get you to place a bet more than anything. They want you to see something, and tempt you to throw your money at it.

That being said, John Wall comes in tied for 14th, while Bradley Beal doesn't show up on the list.

Now, let's look at who else was on the list over Beal.

Lonzo Ball has 100/1 odds to win MVP, DeMarcus Cousins who is still recovering from a torn Achilles, and  Kristaps Porzingis, recovering from a torn ACL also appear over Beal.

Just thinking out loud here, but that seems like maybe a bit of a stretch right?

Porzingis may not play at all for the Knicks this coming season, and Cousins is expected to miss months before making his debut in Golden State. 

Cousins also plays on a team with Steph Curry (15/1) and Kevin Durant (9/1). 

Also missing from the odds was Klay Thompson. So, yeah. 

New Raptor Kawhi Leonard also comes in at 11/1. 

2018-2019 - NBA MVP - Odds to Win

LeBron James                        10/3
Anthony Davis                         4/1
Giannis Antetokounmpo        9/2
James Harden                         11/2
Kevin Durant                            9/1
Kawhi Leonard                        11/1
Russell Westbrook                  14/1
Stephen Curry                         15/1
Joel Embiid                              16/1
Kyrie Irving                               16/1
Ben Simmons                           35/1
Damian Lillard                          45/1
Karl-Anthony Towns                50/1
DeMar DeRozan                       80/1
John Wall                                  80/1
Donovan Mitchell                     85/1
Jimmy Butler                            100/1
Nikola Jokic                              100/1
Victor Oladipo                          100/1
Chris Paul                                 100/1
LaMarcus Aldridge                   125/1
Paul George                              125/1
DeMarcus Cousins                   150/1
Gordon Hayward                      150/1
Jayson Tatum                           175/1
Blake Griffin                              225/1
Devin Booker                            275/1
Kristaps Porzingis                    275/1
Kyle Lowry                                325/1
Lonzo Ball                                 450/1

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