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VIDEO: Another stretch-four option emerging for Wizards?


VIDEO: Another stretch-four option emerging for Wizards?

Here's how we found out Kris Humphries is serious about becoming a 3-point threat.

First, a look back. Humphries, who possesses a strong mid-range game, admitted following the season that he never worked on the deep shot, but that was about to change. The modern NBA demanded it.

As a reminder, Humphries received virtually no playing time during the playoffs in part because he's not accomplished from beyond the arc. For his career, just 2 of 26 on 3-pointers. The 11-year veteran last made a three during his rookie season. On the other hand, Drew Gooden is helpful from distance and so he played plenty.  The postseason rotation shrunk per usual and Humphries only watched.

When news broke last month that new Wizard Jared Dudley needed back surgery, plenty of questions surfaced including who would help step into the stretch-4 should Dudley miss any time.

Half serious, half joking, I tweeted out the following:

Not long after my tweet, I received a response on Twitter from someone saying the 6-foot-10 forward was indeed working on his 3-point shot and video proof would be provided.

Turns out, the tweet came from an account associated with Humphries' agent, Josh Ketroser. More communication took place. Soon enough, a super short video of the big man taking a super long shot hit my Inbox. Another longer video followed (see above).

Playing the stretch-4 role isn't just about spacing the floor, but defending the likes of Paul Millsap and Carmelo Anthony on the perimeter. Foot speed isn't strength of Humphries or Gooden, which is why they historically work from 15 feet and in. Dudley is the best two-way threat on the roster. From the look of it, Humphries is at least trying to show he can make defenses think twice about leaving him alone on the offensive end.

We might hear more about Humphries' range this week if he's part of the mini-camp in Los Angeles John Wall organized. (Humphries is supposedly in LA after spending part of the summer in his native Minnesota).

"Drew can make those shots. I think Kris Humphries has been working on them. Nene’s been working on 3’s," Wall said to CSNwashington.com at his charitable event Saturday. "That’s what they say, I haven’t seen them. We’re going to have a mini-camp ...All the guys are going to come out. We’ll see if they’ve been working on them or not."

As the above video shows, Humphries has to some degree. Video of a player taking jumpers isn't exactly like learning about the Watergate break-in, but this line of communication was a bit different. Asking for a basic synopsis of why he sent the videos, Ketroser suggested via email, "Kris' agent sent me over a little taste of what's to come this year."

We'll see what Randy Wittman thinks about that. Still, as the internet will tell you, anything beats just focusing on the mid-range shot.

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 



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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.