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Wizards to help Cavs' championship chase with Dudley? No

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Wizards to help Cavs' championship chase with Dudley? No

It's trade season, and "interest" such as what the Cleveland Cavaliers have with Jared Dudley will be in the air. But the Wizards moving their best three-point shooter to enrich the No. 1 team in the conference? Extremely unlikely.

Dudley entered the night shooting 45.9% from three-point range and was 2-for-2 midway through the third quarter vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. He was acquired by the Wizards in a trade this summer for virtually nothing (via trade exception).

What could the Cavs possibly give them back in return considering his $4.25 million salary for 2015-16?

Timofey Mozgov, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova or Mo Williams? 

Only Mozgov is a possible match 1-for-1 salary-wise, Dellavedova is too valuable for Cleveland's backcourt and the other three don't do much to help the Wizards at all -- plus their salaries don't match so it would take a combination of them.

The only team being helped here by such a deal would be Cleveland, which doesn't have first-round draft pick to give up and would be foolish to give up one for a role player anyway.

It's one thing for a rebuilding team like the New York Knicks, who made a mid-season trade last year to get them Iman Shumpert and Mozgov, to send Cleveland assets.

It's another for the Wizards, who believe they'll eventually be able to get back into the playoff picture, to do their conference rival a solid even with Dudley becoming a free agent after the season.

Take away Dudley from Washington's lineup, who is the stretch four? Kris Humphries started there but the ball doesn't move as well with him in the lineup and he's still out with a right knee injury. Drew Gooden can't play starter's minutes.  It's like rumors about trading Nene. If the Wizards were to do so, they'd have to get someone back who does what he does because no one else on the roster can duplicate it.

Dudley stays. When the Wizards lost a game last week and were fed up with what was going internally, it was Dudley who called the players-only meeting. 

They value this as much as what he does on the court. Names will be floated and calls will be made, but it's going to have to be an offer that's extremely compelling to move get the Wizards to part with Dudley. 

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Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Wizards vs. Trail Blazers: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

The Wizards head to the West Coast to open a road swing against the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

Wizards (0-2) are looking for their first win when the head into Portland to face Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers (2-0).

After this game, the Wizards have a tough stretch ahead of them before playing in D.C. again, playing at: Golden State, Sacramento, LA (Lakers) and Memphis.

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Wizards vs. Miami Heat, 2018 NBA regular season Game 3
Where: Moda Center, Portland, Ore.
When: 10:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: The Wizards vs. Trail Blazers will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Trail Blazers on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page and on the new MyTeams App.
Radio: Wizards Radio Network, 1500 AM

WIZARDS vs. TRAIL BLAZERS TV SCHEDULE

8:30 PM: D.C. Sports Live (LIVE)

9:00 PM: Wizards Outsiders (LIVE)

9:30 PM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE)

10:00 PM: Wizards @ Portland Trail Blazers (LIVE)

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS INJURY REPORT:

Wizards: Dwight Howard remains day-to-day with a back injury.
Trail Blazers: None

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS PLAYERS TO WATCH

Bradley Beal, Wizards: After becoming the Wizards franchise leader in 3 points on Saturday, it is likely Beal will have a lot to prove to help the team get its first win.

Otto Porter, Jr., Wizards: Porter has had a slow start, so will he take more shots in Portland?

Damian Lillard, Portland: The Blazers' star is leading the way this season averaging 28.5 ppg and 6.5 assists per game. 

WIZARDS vs. BLAZERS SERIES HISTORY 

Number of all-time Meetings: 111 games
Regular Season Record: Blazers lead 57-54
Last Meeting: Wizards won 106-92 in December 2017

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Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Dwight Howard 'out' for game vs. Trail Blazers, does not travel with team

Due to an ongoing buttocks injury, Dwight Howard is listed as "out" for the Wizards' Monday night game in Portland against the Trail Blazers. Howard did not travel out west with the team for the five-game trip, according to NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

The news comes just four days after Wizards head coach Scott Brooks told the media that Howard would "definitely" make the trip. 

The veteran power forward was signed to the Wizards on a two-year free-agent deal in July worth $11 million, but has missed the Wizards' first two games of the regular season and all five of the team's preseason games. 

In Howard's absence, Brooks has turned to Ian Mahinmi, but his foul trouble has proved worrisome for the Wizards' lineup so far.

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