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Wizards free-agent target David West signs elsewhere

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Wizards free-agent target David West signs elsewhere

Speculation over whether former Indiana Pacers power forward David West would join the Wizards, Cavaliers or Spurs is over. Like fellow free agent LaMarcus Aldridge, West is going to San Antonio, according to reports Monday afternoon.

West reportedly agreed to take the $1.4 million veteran's minimum. The 34-year-old opted out of $12 million contract with the Pacers last month.

Reports early in the free agency process listed the Wizards and Spurs as favorites for the rugged forward. The Cavaliers joined the fray soon after. 

The top remaining free agent available (not named LeBron James or Tristan Thompson), West's intentions were clear ever since he announced the opt-out: Contender or bust. With that agenda in mind, it's hard arguing with the five-time NBA champion Spurs. However, West, 34, left some major money on the table.

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Washington had its mid-level exception of under $6 million available. He could have taken the mini mid-level from Cleveland. 

While San Antonio's deal may have involved the fewest dollars, the Spurs arguably have minutes to offer after losing several key reserves over the last few days. Cleveland, the early favorites for the 2015-16 title, already have Kevin Love at power forward are expected to re-sign Thompson.

The fit with the Wizards made sense in that West is a rugged rebounder; strong mid-range shooter and would help any leadership void from Paul Pierce's departure. Washington has not yet replaced free agent big men Drew Gooden or Kevin Seraphin. However, like Nene and Kris Humphries, West is not a stretch-4 option on either end of the court and all three are over 30.

Regardless, the Wizards will look elsewhere to fill their two remaining roster spots. Washington has 13 players under contract, though deals for Jared Dudley and Gary Neal cannot be made official until July 9.

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Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

Wizards release 2018-19 preseason schedule, including two games vs. Knicks

The Wizards released their 2018-19 five-game preseason schedule on Tuesday and it looks quite a bit like last year's did.

Once again, they will play the New York Knicks twice, once at home and once on the road. And once again, they will host the Guangzhou Long-Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association.

It all begins on Oct. 1 when the Wizards host the Knicks. Three of their five preseason games will be played at Capital One Arena.

Here is the full preseason schedule:

10/1 vs. Knicks

10/5 vs. Heat

10/8 at Knicks

10/10 at Pistons

10/12 vs. Guangzhou Long-Lions

The preseason schedule release comes on the heels of the full 82-game regular season reveal. That came out last week. You can see it here.

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    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    2018-19 NBA over/under win totals from Las Vegas have Wizards lower than some many expect

    The Westgate sportsbook in Las Vegas released their over/unders for NBA win totals for the 2018-19 season earlier this month and the Wizards were set at 44.5. That, of course, sparked some debates among fans and the media.

    Chase Hughes and Nick Ashooh gave their take on the matter in the video above. For reference, here are the win totals as set by Westgate:

    Atlanta Hawks - 23.5
    Boston Celtics - 57.5
    Brooklyn Nets - 32.5
    Charlotte Hornets - 35.5
    Chicago Bulls - 27.5
    Cleveland Cavaliers - 30.5
    Dallas Mavericks - 34.5
    Denver Nuggets - 47.5
    Detroit Pistons - 37.5
    Golden State Warriors - 62.5
    Houston Rockets - 54.5
    Indiana Pacers - 47.5
    Los Angeles Clippers - 35.5
    Los Angeles Lakers - 48.5
    Memphis Grizzlies - 34.5
    Miami Heat - 41.5
    Milwaukee Bucks - 46.5
    Minnesota Timberwolves - 44.5
    New Orleans Pelicans - 45.5
    New York Knicks - 29.5
    Oklahoma City Thunder - 50.5
    Orlando Magic - 31.5
    Philadelphia 76ers - 54.5
    Phoenix Suns - 28.5
    Portland Trail Blazers - 41.5
    Sacramento Kings - 25.5
    San Antonio Spurs - 43.5
    Toronto Raptors - 54.5
    Utah Jazz - 48.5
    Washington Wizards - 44.5

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