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NBA trade deadline rumors: Wizards reportedly looking to trade Trey Burke for 2nd round pick

NBA trade deadline rumors: Wizards reportedly looking to trade Trey Burke for 2nd round pick

The Wizards are looking to trade for backup point guard Trey Burke for a second-round pick, according to a report by Michael Sotto of Basketball Insiders.

Washington traded a 2021 second-round pick to acquire Burke from the Jazz this past offseason. 

Burke, 24, has struggled so far with the Wizards, averaging a career-worst 5 points per game. In his first three seasons, he averaged 12 points per game.

He's also playing a career-low in minutes with just 12.6 per game in Washington. 

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Burke hasn't been the offensive spark off the bench that the Wizards hoped. But sitting in third place in the Eastern Conference, they have a chance to make a playoff run in the near term.

Washington hopes it got that bench scorer by trading for Bojan Bogdanovic of the Nets yesterday. To acquire him, the team gave up a first-round pick in the 2017 draft. Trading Burke could recoup a pick, albeit a lower one, that they lost yesterday. 

Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio suggested the Cavaliers could be a possible suitor for Burke. Star LeBron James has been vocal about needing help from a playmaker this season. 

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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 Philly 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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