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Olajuwon: McGee 'should dominate the league'

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Olajuwon: McGee 'should dominate the league'

Example No. 317 of how little there is going on with the Wizards right now: another JaVale McGee post. With league business on a break and the locals seemingly content with their roster at hand, we're stuck with showing pics of fans meeting "super chill dude" John Wall or focusing on commentsHall of Fame center Hakeem Olajuwon made about his latest pupil. Obviously, you can tell which way I went.Olajuwon has turned into a low post guru in recent years, helping to enhance the games of superstars Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howardand LeBron James. Now he has taken the agile and shot-blocking McGee under his wing - and sees a limitless future for thefreaky physical specimen."No question, I see him as another star," Olajuwon said in an interview with Houston's FOX 26 Sports. "That guy should dominate the league.""He has tremendous talent. I give him all these moves and he can finish and he's already skilled. So now just show him how to use that skill to (get) to the next level."McGee, who is working in Houston along side Knicks forwardAmare Stoudamire,finished second in the NBA 2.2 blocks last season. Who better to help round outthe physically gifted but offensively rawand instinctively-challenged center'sgame on both ends of the court than one of league's all-time notable shot blockers and patented user of the unstoppable "Dream Shack""The moves that we work on are not for a stiff big guy," Olajuwon said. "With him he's agile. The move flows. So I'm excited to see what he's going to do this year."The Wizards 2008 first-round pick shares in the enthusiasm."There are some things that we already knew, but he has different tweaks to it," McGee said. "Then he has some stuff that you really didn't think about that he just throws out there that is amazing to see it."If all of this positive-sounding offseason effort isn't enough to make frustrasted Wizards engage in a series of eye rolls, perhaps this final fist-pumping quote does the trick."I'm just willing to work hard, willing to get better," McGee said. "I'm not satisfied with anything. I'm just trying to become a better player."(HT Kyle Weidie)

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Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

Pelicans reportedly trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers for a huge haul including Lonzo Ball

According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.

The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson. 

According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.

The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.

Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value

The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.

If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.

The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis. 

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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

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Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C. 

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. 

"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."

Obama and Ujiri are close friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office. 

The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington. 

And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.

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