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Three's the magic number for Wizards


Three's the magic number for Wizards

Now that the Wizards know where they are selecting in the NBA draft, who will they take with that 3 overall pick? Wizards President Ernie Grunfeldultimatelywill make the decision and he has about a month to figure out who the best fit for the team will be."Ernie's got some decisions to make," Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said following the draft lottery Wednesday night.Does Grunfeld go after the best player available at the third spot, or do they go for a specific need? After a 20-46 season, it's hard to argue not to go for the best player available but, because the Wizards have some young players they hope to develop at certain positions, they may go for a need. In that case, it would have to be a shooter, because the Wizards struggled to score the ball from the outside last season."I think we are going to get a playerwho will make our rotation and be a foundational player for us with the third pick of the draft," Leonsis said.With Kentucky center Anthony Davis a lock to be taken by New Orleans with the first pick, Charlotte has the second choice -- and it's anyone's best guess what they will do there. At the third pick, the Wizards will have options like Kentucky swing guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida guard Bradley Beal or North Carolina shooting guard Harrison Barnes.Those are the shooting guard possibilities, but the Wizards also could try to bolster the roster up front with a power forward like Thomas Robinson from Kansas or center Andre Drummond from Connecticut. There are going to be options for the Wizards.Not only does Washington have the third pick but Leonsis believes they are going to be active this off-season."I am hoping this year, either through trades or free agency, we can be additive to the team and in bringing in more veterans," Leonsis said.Leonsis added that the team will not trade the first-round draft pick."I don't want to be in the lottery anymore," Leonsis said. "That's not a lot of fun."

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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again. 


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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.