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Why Wizards should take long look at Kings free agent to-be Seth Curry

Why Wizards should take long look at Kings free agent to-be Seth Curry

Yes, we all know that in theory the Washington Wizards were once in position to draft Stephen Curry. We know they traded the fifth overall pick in 2009 -- Curry went seventh -- for Mike Miller and Randy Foye in part because the organization wanted veterans for another playoff push. We know how that worked out, or rather, how it didn't for the Wizards.

Now, Mark McGwire as might say, we're not here to talk about the past. We are here to say that Washington has a chance to get a taste of Curry seven years later. No, Steph isn't leaving Golden State. Seth Curry on the other hand is possibly available.

The younger brother of the reigning NBA's Most Valuable Player will decline his $1 million player option and become a restricted free agent this summer, Yahoo reported earlier this month.

After playing four games with three teams over the previous two seasons. Seth Curry made Sacramento's roster out of training camp. He played in 44 games behind fellow point guards Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison. Granted, playing in just over half of an 82-game schedule for a team that didn't sniff the playoff doesn't sound impressive. Based on the way Curry shot from distance all season and flourished in April, the lack of action is on the Kings.

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The 6-foot-2 Curry sank 45% (50 for 111) of his 3-point attempts while averaging 6.8 points and 16 minutes. When given real playing time over the Kings' final seven games, his numbers took off: 16.4 points, 5.3 assists and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 45.9 percent from the field, including 48.9 percent from beyond the arc. Before dismissing that late push in meaningless games as a recent version of  Andray Blatche, remember the 45% clip on 3-pointers was season long. Also, here's what the younger Curry looked like while putting on a show.

Do those moves remind you of anyone?

Don't consider this a suggestion that if the Wizards sign Seth, they're getting a version of Steph. However, if Washington stays with the pace-and-space offense, it needs a playmaker off the bench capable of sinking the long ball. We'll see if the Wizards bring back Ramon Sessions, but for now the backup slot behind starting point John Wall is open. 

Virginia Tech Seth Greenberg famously didn't offer Steph Curry a scholarship coming out of High School even though Curry's father, Dell, is arguably the program's most famous basketballing alum. Stephen Curry instead headed to Davidson and as they say, the rest is history.  Yet perhaps the most amazing part is that Greenberg also didn't offer a scholarship to Seth a few years later. Seth Curry went to Liberty and turned into a prolific scorer. After one season he transferred to Duke. Yes, hindsight s 20/20 and all, but the genes and connections were evident. 

The point of rehashing Curry kids recruiting stories is that with Seth possibly available -- Sacramento can match any offer -- the Wizards have a chance not to let another Curry get away. Truth is that Washington, specifically president Ernie Grunfeld, takes too much heat for the notion of passing on Steph Curry though obviously the result was brutal. Organizational factors led to the seeking-immediate-help trade and yada yada yada we'll never know what could have been. We do know the Wizards can make a play for Seth Curry this summer. They should strongly consider not pulling a Seth Greenberg with this second chance. 

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Wizards waive three, sign 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks

Wizards waive three, sign 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks

As the NBA regular season approaches, the Washington Wizards seek to finalize their roster.

The Wizards announced on Wednesday that they have waived Phil Booth, Justin Anderson and Jemerrio Jones. The team also signed 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks and small forward Jalen Jones, the team announced.

Pasecniks and Jones were signed to Exhibit 10 contracts, meaning that if they are waived, they will have the opportunity to play for the Go-Go, the Wizards' G-League affiliate. Booth was on an Exhibit 10 deal, so he will report to the Go-Go after being waived.

Pasecniks, a 7-foot center from Latvia, was the 25th overall selection from the 2017 draft. The Orlando Magic drafted him and moved him to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for draft picks. The 76ers renounced his rights in June.

Pasecniks played on the Wizards summer league team, averaging 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jalen Jones has averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc in 32 games over two seasons with three teams.

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John Wall embracing role as assistant coach during injury rehab

John Wall embracing role as assistant coach during injury rehab

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has already made enough money during his basketball career to last a lifetime and his new supermax contract worth $170 million is just kicking in. When he is done playing in the NBA, he doesn't have to do anything at all if he doesn't want to.

But there is at least a small part of Wall that believes coaching could be in his future. He loves the game enough to not rule out the possibility.

This year will give him a taste of what being a coach is all about. While he rehabs his ruptured left Achilles, he will serve as an unofficial assistant to head coach Scott Brooks. Wall will be asked to break down film with players, advise on plays to run and help the team's young point guards in practice.

Wall isn't sure as of today whether he wants to coach when his playing days are over. But he may have an answer in just a few months.

"I think this year will tell me whether I can be a coach or not," Wall told NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast. 

"I think you have to have a lot of patience and you've gotta know how to interact with every player. Every player's attitudes and character and mood swings are totally different. I learned from when a coach tried to coach me when I was young and I wasn't the guy to coach."

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard envisions Wall as an important part of the locker room, even when he isn't playing. Part of his role may include some tough conversations with players. As Sheppard says, Wall may be able to deliver some messages that resonate more from a peer than if they came from a coach. 

Wall knows he can help in that regard. He has long been a vocal presence for the Wizards and had to assume the role as a team leader at an early age. After coming in as the No. 1 overall pick, he was a franchise player from the time he was 19 years old.

Wall's personality may also lend itself to those duties. He is very honest, whether it be with teammates or the media. 

"I like to speak my mind," he said. "It's like my momma always told me, 'I'd rather you speak your mind and say what you want to say, but say it in a respectful manner and a respectful way.'"

Wall, in fact, has a detailed philosophy on being honest. He doesn't like to lie whether it's in a media setting, to teammates or in everyday life.

It's not quite a Jim Carrey in 'Liar, Liar' deal, but Wall sees no point in beating around the bush. If he has something to say to a teammate or the media, he will say it.

"I don't know how to not give you the truth," he said. "What I've learned is that when you lie, you've gotta remember that lie exactly the way you said it for the next 12 people you tell it to. So, why make it that tough?"

Wall is set to miss at least the first few months of the Wizards' 2019-20 season and he could be sidelined the entire year. He said he hopes to have a similar impact that Kristi Tolliver did with the Mystics this past season where she remained active as a veteran leader in the locker room despite not being able to help the team on the floor for weeks due to a knee injury.

Missing so much time due to injury is not the ideal situation for Wall, but he plans to make the most of it.

"It will make my game a lot smarter and better for when I come back," he said.

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