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For Tomas Satoransky, a rookie from Europe, NBA's unwritten rules have been a learning experience

For Tomas Satoransky, a rookie from Europe, NBA's unwritten rules have been a learning experience

The NBA's unwritten rules can perhaps be confusing for fans and even players, as evidenced by the mixed signals sent by teams over the last week between the Wizards and Warriors' spat involving Brandon Jennings and JaVale McGee, and the Raptors and Pacers' dustup involving Lance Stephenson. Yes, there are unwritten rules, but where is the line drawn? 

Imagine being not only a rookie, but a rookie from another country. That's where Wizards' guard Tomas Satoransky has found himself this season. He's been a professional basketball player for years in Spain and his home country of the Czech Republic, but the NBA is new to him and so are the league's unwritten rules.

Add in the fact that much of Satoransky's minutes this year have come during the final moments of a blowout, what people call 'garbage time,' and it can be quite confounding.

"I guess it's an unwritten rule that you shouldn't be shooting when you're up by 20, but I didn't know in the beginning [of the year] how to handle the situation. It's really different. In Europe people play all the way to the end," Satoransky said.

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"Sometimes I have problems, to know if I am supposed to shoot or if I am supposed to play until the end. It happens a lot actually because sometimes in the last minute when you are playing and coach put you in the game, there is one offense [possession], then defense and then during the last offense [possession] you don't know if you are playing for a score or if you should just keep the ball. I really don't know."

This past week we have seen what are considered by some as two major no-nos. In McGee's case, he as a center shot a three-pointer in the final minute when his team was up 22 points. In Stephenson's case, he scored a layup with seconds left in a blowout Pacers win despite having the opportunity to just hold the ball and end the game.

Both players incited a reaction they did not expect and Satoransky certainly wants to avoid that rancor.

[RELATED: Scott Brooks on Steve Kerr's apology, NBA's unwritten rules]

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Capital City Go-Go now allow Wizards make final roster cut to 14 and leave the 15th spot open

Capital City Go-Go now allow Wizards make final roster cut to 14 and leave the 15th spot open

On Saturday, two days before the deadline to finalize Opening Day rosters, the Washington Wizards waived four players - LaVoy Allen, Chris Chiozza, Chasson Randle and Tiwian Kendley - and in doing so trimmed their roster down to 14 players. That's one fewer than the NBA roster maximum of 15 players, meaning they opted to leave one of their roster spots vacant.

This was not a big surprise, but it's worth going through the reasons why they chose to do so for those who may be wondering. 

For one, the Wizards have a lot of money committed to their roster and could use some savings. They are fourth in the NBA this season with a total cap of $134.9 million. That is $11.1 million more than the salary cap limit, which means they are due to pay $19.1 million in luxury tax next year, according to Spotrac.

The Wizards also don't absolutely need that 15th player. They have two two-way players in Devin Robinson and Jordan McRae who collectively give them depth at a wide variety of positions. 

Under two-way contracts, they can be activated for up to 45 days this season before the Wizards have to decide on a fully guaranteed NBA deal. The NBA adjusted the rules this season to exclude travel days from that 45-day clock. The NBA days limit for Robinson and McRae also does not begin until G-League training camps begin on Oct. 22.

Speaking of the G-League, the Wizards have their own team now. The Capital City Go-Go will begin their inaugural season in November and that will give the organization the deepest stable of prospects (and roster spots) is has ever had. They now have much more room than ever to stash young players that would otherwise be considered for the final spot.

Even if the Wizards didn't have that option, as they did not last year, it wouldn't necessarily convince them to fill the last roster spot. Last season, they went without a 15th player for much of the year and for extended stretches only carried 13, the league minimum. They even rolled with 12 after the NBA trade deadline, as the league allows two weeks for teams to reach the minimum.

That recent history alone was enough to suggest they wouldn't fill the 15th spot. And, truthfully, that 15th spot rarely came into play as an actual need. This isn't the NFL where injuries make every roster spot incredibly valuable, or MLB where extra innings can sometimes make it feel like their rosters aren't deep enough.

Perhaps the Wizards will fill the 15th spot at some point this season. They can do so in a variety of ways, including if they trade one player for two. Just don't count on it, for all the reasons listed above.

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Richard Jefferson announces retirement from basketball after 17 NBA seasons

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Richard Jefferson announces retirement from basketball after 17 NBA seasons

After a career that spanned 17 NBA seasons while playing for eight different teams, Richard Jefferson officially announced his retirement from basketball on Saturday via Instagram.

Jefferson spent the first seven years of his career with the Nets (then of New Jersey) before moving on to the Spurs, Bucks, Warriors, Jazz, Mavericks, Cavaliers and finally Nuggets. The Arizona alum was with Cleveland when the Cavs won the NBA title in 2015-16.

For his career, Jefferson averaged 12.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He played particularly well against the Wizards, scoring an average of 14.1 points in 43 total games versus Washington.

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