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Virginia's Anderson among 6 set to work out for Wizards

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Virginia's Anderson among 6 set to work out for Wizards

Virginia swingman Justin Anderson along with Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson headline the Wizards' next pre-draft workout on Thursday. 

Anderson, one of the leaders on the Cavaliers' ACC regular season championship last season, and Hollis-Jefferson are projected to hear their names called during the back half of round one.

The 6-foot-6 Anderson averaged 12.2 points and shot 45 percent from beyond the 3-point arc during his junior season. Athletic (43-inch vertical leap) and strong, the Montrose Christian product could help the Wizards on both ends of the court.

Hollis-Jefferson's immediate impact likely comes on the defensive end and running the wings during fast breaks. The 6-foot-7 small forward was selected first-team All-Pac 12 and to the league's all-defensive team.

JSU forward Jordan Mickey, Wyoming F Derek Cooke Jr., UMass F Maxie Esho and Iowa F Aaron White are also scheduled for Thursday's session on the Verizon Center practice court.

Washington owns the 19th and 49th overall picks in the June 25 NBA Draft.

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The Wizards will work out dozens of prospects ahead of the draft. Therefore it makes sense to track them throughout the process. 

While their needs could change depending on moves in free agency, the Wizards are in the market for big men depth, backup point guard of the future and a ball-handling scoring threat off the bench.

In addition to listing basic information for the prospects below, we've added the player's slot on DraftExpress.com's list of the top 100 prospects plus additional draft links to CSNwashington.com articles, including the latest NBA mock draft and pre-draft profiles.

June 15 - Ousmane Drame (F, 6-8, Quinnipiac), Tyler Harvey (G, 6-4, Eastern Washington), Rashad Madden (G, 6-5, Arkansas), Bobby Portis (F, 6-10, Arkansas), Jordan Sibert (; Green Bay G Keifer Sykes

June 11 - Brandon Ashley (F, 6-9, Arizona), Corey Hawkins (G, 6-3, UC Davis), David Laury (F, 6-9) Iona), Nikola Radicevic (F, 6-9, Serbia), Rashad Vaughn (G, 6-5, UNLV)Dez Wells (G, 6-4, Maryland)

June 10 -Traevon Jackson (G, 6-3, Wisconsin), Antoine Mason (G, 6-1, Auburn) , Gabriel Olaseni (C, 6-10, Iowa), M.J. Rhett (F, 6-9, Ole Miss), Satnam Singh (C, 7-2, India), Maurice Walker (F, 6-10, Minnesota). 

June 2 - Dallin Bachynski (C,  7-0, Utah), Will Cummings (G, 6-2, Temple), Amere May (G, 6-1, Delaware State), Jaleel Roberts (C, 7-0, UNC Asheville), Marcus Thornton (G, 6-4, William & Mary), Jarvis Threatt (G, 6-2, D-League/Delaware)

June 1 - Jerian Grant (Notre Dame, PG, 6-5); Darian Hooker (G, NYIT, 6-1); Cady Lalanne (C, Massachusetts, 6-10); Stefan Nastic (C, Stanford, 6-11); Juwan Staten (G, West Virginia, 6-1); Delon Wright (PG, Utah, 6-5)

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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.

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