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Second time the charm for Livingston?

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Second time the charm for Livingston?

Thrown right into the fire, point guard Shawn Livingston has responded in his return stint with the Wizards. Signed by Washington just five days ago, Livingston played all of the fourth quarter Monday night in the 96-89 loss to Indiana at Verizon Center, helping the Wizards claw back from yet another double-digit deficit -- only to see them fall short yet again.

The 6'-7" Livingston smoothly ran the offense, finishing with 10 points and dishing out 4 assists in 24 minutes of play against the Pacers. Livingston scored 8 points in the second half, engineering the comeback that ultimately resulted in the Wizards’ season-opening ninth straight loss.

Livingston, who played for the Wizards two seasons ago, gives the team a different look offensively, with his ability to post up smaller guards and shoot over them or kick out when he draws a double team. Livingston did just that in the rally against the Pacers. After getting doubled on the block he found a wide open Bradley Beal for a three-pointer to cut the lead to 82-77 and, on the next possession, Livingston hit a short jumper in the lane to close the gap to 82-79.

Livingston is doing his best to make it tough for coach Randy Wittman not to start him over the much smaller A.J. Price, who struggled yet again in the Indiana game. With John Wall out at least a few more weeks with a knee injury, Livingston could position himself to be get considerable minutes the rest of the season.

Livingston played for the Bucks last season, averaging 7 points and 2 assists in 22 starts and was a final cut in Houston’s camp this fall. He is getting another shot with the Wizards and right now, even though its's very early, he's making the most of it.

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Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

Dwight Howard practices for first time with Wizards, raising likelihood he plays in opener

On Monday, for the first time since 2018-19 training camp began, the Wizards were complete.

Dwight Howard, who missed three weeks due to a strained piriformis muscle, participated in his first full practice with his new team. The 32-year-old signed a free agent deal with the Wizards in July, but had yet to take the court due to the injury, which began bothering him shortly before camp began on Sept. 25.

Howard had a setback on Oct. 6 and saw a specialist in New York. He received a pain injection on Tuesday and on Saturday began shooting again.

After clearing that hurdle, he was ready to be a full-go with his new teammates.

"It felt pretty good. I really gotta catch my wind and learn some of the offense. But other than that, it felt pretty good," Howard said of Day 1.

Howard practicing on Monday gives him two more days to work with before the Wizards open their season on Thursday at home against the Miami Heat. Both he and head coach Scott Brooks say it's too early to tell if he will be available.

"We'll see how it feels. I will do everything I can to make myself available for all 82 games," Howard said.

Howard not only has to play himself into game shape, he has to develop chemistry and timing with his new teammates. He missed all five of their preseason games.

If Howard can play, that would certainly be a positive turn of events for the Wizards. As of the end of last week, it seemed highly unlikely he would be ready when the regular season began.

But Howard turned a corner and now appears to be coming along quicker than once expected. 

"It was probably our best practice of training camp," Brooks said Monday after finally getting Howard into the mix.

"He has a natural feel. His IQ was pretty high, I was impressed with that. He picked things up."

Howard signed a two-year contract worth $11 million to join the Wizards in July.

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Wizards send Jodie Meeks, future second-round pick to Bucks

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Wizards send Jodie Meeks, future second-round pick to Bucks

Just three days away from their home-opener against the Miami Heat, the Wizards are still busy at work finalizing their 2018-19 roster. 

Jodie Meeks was traded to the Bucks Monday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Wizards are also sending a future secound-round pick and cash. 

The Wizards' front office walks away with a total savings amount of $10.4 million in salary and luxury tax. A win for the team. 

The 31-year-old guard averaged just 6.3 points in his lone season with Washington a year ago. 

The move comes after Meeks was suspended 25 games for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program last April. 

The No. 41 draft pick in the 2009 NBA draft has played for six teams throughout his career. He made brief stops in Mikwaukee, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Detroit and Orlando prior to arriving in the nation's capital. 

Milwaukee is expected to waive Meeks upon arrival. 

 

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