With nothing to play for in the standings besides the goal of 50 wins, the Wizards may have suffered a tough turn of luck on Monday night as backup center Ian Mahinmi left the game in the fourth quarter with a calf strain.
Mahinmi was out on the perimeter contesting a shot when he came down awkwardly. Mahinmi immediately grabbed his left leg and limped off the court and into the locker room.
Here is the play:
That is not a good sight, especially considering it's Mahinmi who has missed 50 games this season due to knee injuries. He first suffered a partially torn left meniscus during a preseason game at the Sixers. Then he had right knee tendinitis after playing one game against the Spurs on Nov. 26. In December he had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on both knees and didn't come back until Feb. 8.
Certainly the Wizards will hope this isn't another big setback for the guy they signed to a four-year, $64 million contract in free agency this past summer.
Right now, it sounds minor according to Scott Brooks, who told reporters it was a calf strain. But there were also these updates from Wizards Insider J. Michael:
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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 Phily 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.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: