NBA veteran center Earl Barron and ex-Duke forward Shavlik Randolph will participate in the Wizards training camp asnon-roster invitees, according to reports.The Wizards currently have 14 players under contract for the 2012-13 season, leaving one spot available should they choose to fill it before opening the season onOct. 30 at Cleveland.The 31-year-old Barron has played in parts of six NBA seasons averaging 5.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Last seasonthe 7-footerplayed in two games with the Golden State Warriors. Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the signing via Twitter.Randolph, a five-year NBA veteran,turned in some credible performances while helping to man the middle for Washington during the Las Vegas Summer League, yanking down a team-high 7.8 rebounds.Considering the Wizards logjam with three viable centers and nine frontcourt options under contract, both players are true longshots to start the season in Washington. Same could be said for guard Steven Gray, who received a training camp invitation over the summer same after playing on the Wizards summer league entry. The former Gonzaga wing guard averaged 7.3 points in Las Vegas.While his chances of sticking also appear remote, Gray would add another viable perimeter threat and heady option to the roster. The Washington Post first reported the Randolph signing.The Wizards first preseason game is Oct. 7 at Charlotte.
The NBA officially announced a list of 20 players invited to the Green Room at the 2018 NBA Draft. Provided that all attend, here's a list of who'll be there.
- Miles Bridges, Michigan State
- Mikal Bridges, Villanova
- Marvin Bagley III, Duke
- Mohamed Bamba, Texas
- Collin Sexton, Alabama
- Jaren Jackson Jr., Michigan State
- Lonnie Walker IV, Miami
- Donte DiVincenzo, Villanova
- Zhaire Smith, Texas Tech
- Aaron Holiday, UCLA
- Deandre Ayton, Arizona
- Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
- Luka Doncic, Slovenia
- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kentucky
- Kevin Knox, Kentucky
- Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
- Robert Williams, Texas A&M
- Trae Young, Oklahoma
- Chandler Hutchison, Boise State
- Jerome Robinson, Boston College
There are two players each invited from Villanova, Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.
The 2018 NBA Draft will be Thursday, June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be broadcast on ESPN and streamed live on WatchESPN. The Wizards have Nos. 15 and 44 picks.
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The 2018 NBA Draft takes place on Thursday, June 21 and once again provides a glimmer of hope for even the most downtrodden franchises.
The NBA Draft is where teams can prepare for the future; where teams can rebuild and reload.
But the NBA Draft is often a crapshoot. Teams waffle on taking the best fit versus the best available player. Teams often panic and rest on laurels of draft years past. Fans like to build draft stereotypes for individual franchises, and while a lot of that is stupid Internet conjecture, it's fun to talk about and is often some actual truth to it.
So what follows is a look at the Doomsday Mock Draft. What your favorite team is likely to do if all else fails, which it often does.
1. Phoenix Suns: A franchise center who spends his first contract working with the Suns' medical staff more than his teammates.
2. Sacramento Kings: Someone who won't be a member of the Kings by the time 2022 rolls around.
3. Atlanta Hawks: Someone that will make Dennis Schroder unhappy.
4. Memphis Grizzlies: A Mike Conley Jr. repair kit.
5. Dallas Mavericks: Not the heir apparent to Dirk Nowitzki.
6. Orlando Magic: A reach that won't pan out.
7. Chicago Bulls: Someone from Iowa State, probably.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers: ANYONE YOU WANT LEBRON JUST PLEASE DON'T LEAVE US AGAIN!!
9. New York Knicks: /inserts .GIF of Spike Lee looking disappointed/
10. Philadelphia 76ers: Another big man because HINKIE 4 LYFE.
11. Charlotte Hornets: A North Carolina Tar Heel.
12. Los Angeles Clippers: A playmate for the head coach's son.
13. Los Angeles Clippers: DeAndre Jordan 2.0.
14. Denver Nuggets: Yet another athletic guard.
15. Washington Wizards: Nope. Not touching this one.
16. Phoenix Suns: Someone to pass Devon Booker the ball.
17. Milwaukee Bucks: Wingspan. Nothing but wingspan.
18. San Antonio Spurs: One of the Space Jam villains who conveniently falls to the Spurs (See: Leonard, Kawhi. Anderson, Kyle. Murray, Dejounte)
19. Atlanta Hawks: Someone to replace Dennis Schroder.
20. Minnesota Timberwolves: Someone who Tom Thibideau can play 60 minutes of a 48-minute game.
21. Utah Jazz: A real glue guy. A gym rat. A high-motor guy. Intangibles. Grit. Moxie.
22. Chicago Bulls: A two-way player who will ultimately get punched in the face by Bobby Portis.
23. Indiana Pacers: DRAFT ANOTHER UCLA PLAYER. WE DARE YOU.
24. Portland Trail Blazers: DRAFT ANOTHER MID-MAJOR GUARD. WE DARE YOU.
25. Los Angeles Lakers: The subject of Lonzo Ball's next diss track.
26. Philadelphia 76ers: A pallet of knockoff burner phones.
27. Boston Celtics: A draft night trade for more draft picks they probably won't use.
28. Golden State Warriors: An unfairly good player.
29. Brooklyn Nets: An unfairly bad player.
30. Atlanta Hawks: We ran out of Dennis Schroder jokes.
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