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Team USA final spots to Griffin, Harden, Iguodala

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Team USA final spots to Griffin, Harden, Iguodala

The final slots for the U.S. men's basketball squad have been determined: The Poster Child, the Beard and Iggy are headed to London.Blake Griffin, James Harden and Andre Iguodala beat out Anthony Davis, Rudy Gay and Eric Gordon, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced on Saturday night. The trio joins a starry Olympic roster headlined by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.With so many injuries- most notably to Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade this may not be the dreamiest of U.S. men's basketball squads, but the uber-athletic squad remains the favorite for the gold. Only Spain with its big man trio of the Gasol brothers and Serge Ibaka appears threatening to a Team USA squad that is loaded in the backcourt and on the wings, though light in the middle."We projected we would have difficulty getting down to a roster of 12, regardless of the number of injuries that have taken place, because they are such an outstanding group of people and athletes," Colangelo said. "The final selections keep us in concert with our game plan to have athleticism, versatility and strong depth on our roster. I think our final roster epitomizes all of that."As I wrote yesterday, any combination from the final six options would not have been shocking or poor decisions, even I would have gone a different way. Then again, Davis is a pup, Gordon missed tons of games last season with injuries, and Griffin does things like this.Currently training in Las Vegas, Colangelo, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Team USA will shift to D.C. July 13-15 before scrimmagingagainst Brazil - and Wizards center Nene - at the Verizon Center on July 16.We're getting closer...Team USA rosterForward: Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, LeBron JamesGuard: Kobe Bryant, James Harden, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Deron WilliamsCenter: Tyson Chandler, Kevin Love

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

Wizards to remove interim tag from Tommy Sheppard, making him permanent GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes has confirmed. 

Sheppard had been serving as Washington's interim GM since the firing of Ernie Grunfeld on April 2. He oversaw the Wizards' 2019 NBA Draft selections of Rui Hachimura and Admiral Schofield, as well as their offseason transactions this summer. 

According to Hughes, the Wizards will announce the decision next week, with more changes to follow. 

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