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NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Wizards reportedly interested in T'Wolves' former 1st round pick

NBA Trade Deadline Rumors: Wizards reportedly interested in T'Wolves' former 1st round pick

Now that Lou Williams has been dealt from the Lakers to the Rockets, the Wizards and other teams have to look elsewhere for bench options with Thursday's trade deadline looming. According to a new report from ESPN, Washington could turn to Timberwolves guard/forward Shabazz Muhammad.

The connection was first drawn by Marc Stein, who tweeted this on Tuesday:

Muhammad, 24, is an interesting option as a former 14th overall pick who has performed well this season off Minnesota's bench. He's averaging a modest 9.4 points in 19.6 minutes per game, but shoots 47.1 percent from the field and 41.4 percent from three.

Muhammad doesn't rebound or play much defense at all, but he has turned into a fairly lethal shooter, which could come in handy as the Wizards seek a scoring punch for their bench, particularly at the shooting guard position. Even after going 0-for-8 from three in his last four games, Muhammad holds a 48.6 three-point percentage going back to Dec. 21.

It's hard to tell what it would take for the Wizards to get Muhammad, who is set to hit free agency this summer. The Timberwolves have reason to part with him, given they are 13th in the Western Conference and unlikely to make the playoffs. They might as well get something for him while they can, if they don't plan on re-signing him. But if Muhammad becomes attainable for other teams, he could generate considerable interest as a three-point threat.

[RELATED: Lou Williams no longer a trade option for Wizards]

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Bradley Beal drops 46, but Wizards return from All-Star break with ugly loss to Hornets

Bradley Beal drops 46, but Wizards return from All-Star break with ugly loss to Hornets

The Washington Wizards lost to the Charlotte Hornets 123-110 on Friday night. Here are five observations from the game...

1. The All-Star break may have given the Wizards some much-needed time off, but it did not produce the reset in momentum that they were hoping for. They lost again on Friday night in their first game back and have now dropped eight of their last 11.

The losing overall has been devastating to their playoff hope,s and their latest defeat came against a team they are directly competing against. The Hornets are seventh in the East, and the Wizards are 11th.

Time is starting to run out, and losses like Friday's cause extra damage for the Wizards' chances of making the postseason.

2. At least Bradley Beal was good. The Wizards' lone All-Star came out of the break like he never went away.

He had 14 points in the first quarter and 20 by halftime. He finished with a season-high 46 points to go along with seven assists and six rebounds. He shot 64 percent on 25 attempts.

Beal also threw down what might have been the best dunk of his career. Not known as a high-flyer, Beal got way up there for this one:

If the Wizards' season continues on this losing trajectory, at least Beal gives D.C. fans a reason to tune in every night.

Beal, by the way, now has 10 career 40-point games. That is tied for fifth in Wizards/Bullets history with Earl Monroe. The only guys ahead of him are Gilbert Arenas (28), Walt Bellamy (23), Bernard King (13) and Elvin Hayes (11).

3. The first quarter was a dream. The second quarter was a nightmare.

After scoring 38 points in the first, the Wizards allowed the same amount to Charlotte in the second. They were outscored by 16 in the frame and never regained control. 

It was in the second that the Hornets' bench imposed their will. Tony Parker carved the Wizards up off the dribble and Jeremy Lamb both got hot from long range and caught the Wizards by surprise with a series of intercepted passes.

For the game, the Wizards' bench was outscored 38-21. They couldn't hold up their end of the bargain on a night the starters mostly played well.

4. Tomas Satoransky was back after missing two games due to the birth of his first child. He hadn't played in 13 days before he returned to the starting lineup on Friday.

Despite the time off, Satoransky showed no signs of rust. He had 15 points (6-9 FG) and four assists, though he did have three turnovers.

With John Wall out, Satoransky is legitimately one of the Wizards' most important players. That would have been surprising to hear before this season, but nothing about this year has been predictable for the Wizards. 

5. We got another glimpse at the combination of Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis on the floor together. It was just the second time in five games since Portis arrived in D.C. that has happened.

It will be interesting to watch how much they play together the rest of this season, considering they have some redundancy in their games.

Offensively, it might be able to work. They are both fast and can stretch the floor. But defensively, they are both limited in the amount of positions they can defend and neither protects the rim particularly well.

Because of that, there are varying opinions within the organization about whether they can form a consistent frontcourt combination. That uncertainty has been reflected so far in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation. It is also something to consider as we project their futures with both set to hit restricted free agency this summer.

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Wizards vs. Pacers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

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Wizards vs. Pacers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

After Friday's 123-110 road loss to the Hornets, the Wizards return home Saturday night to take on another Eastern Conference foe, the Indiana Pacers.

The Wizards (24-35) have now lost three straight and eight of their last 11, but remain within touching distance of the playoff picture, four games back of the eighth-seeded Pistons. 

The Pacers (39-20), meanwhile, have won seven of their last eight and currently sit in third place in the East, still playing very well despite the loss of star guard Victor Oladipo. 

Coverage of Wizards vs. Pacers begins at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Washington. 

WIZARDS vs. PACERS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Indiana Pacers

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: 7:00 p.m. ET

TV Channel: The Wizards game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder Link).

Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Pacers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the NBC Sports MyTeams App.

Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. PACERS TV SCHEDULE

6:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

6:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

7:00 PM: Wizards vs. Pacers (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. PACERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: John Wall (achilles, out), Dwight Howard (back, out)

Pacers: Victor Oladipo (knee, out), Myles Turner (hip, day-to-day)

WIZARDS vs. PACERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Wizards: Bradley Beal (25.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 5.4 APG) 

Pacers: Bojan Bogdanovic (16.8 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 1.8 APG)

WIZARDS vs. PACERS SERIES HISTORY

Number of all-time Meetings: 183 games (6 playoff games)

Regular Season Record: Pacers lead 102-81

Last Meeting: Wizards won 107-89 on 1/30/19

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