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Wizards optimistic about Mahinmi's timeline to return

Wizards optimistic about Mahinmi's timeline to return

While a defensive center such as Larry Sanders is on the open market, he's on the Wizards' radar but only if Ian Mahinmi isn't able to return from platelet-rich therapy in both knees, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Tuesday.

The Wizards anticipate Mahinmi will return to play before the All-Star break with eight games left, including tonight vs. the New York Knicks, before addressing what, if any, moves are to be made going into the Feb. 23 trade deadline or free agency.  

Mahinmi is doing individual workouts but hasn't gone through any contact in practice yet. 

Sanders, who attended Virginia Commonwealth, has family in the D.C. area and reached out to Wizards point guard John Wall recently, but isn't scheduled for any workouts. 

The Wizards are in a good position at 27-20, but to solidify their spot and move up in the East they recognize the need for depth behind Marcin Gortat.

Despite multiple reports that they have "interest" in Serge Ibaka that's not the case. Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the assets the Wizards would have to give up to match his $12 million salary for a player who could then walk without compensation would be too great. 

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Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

Report: NBA likely to use new All-Star format again, will discuss using it in G-League

If you were a fan of the NBA's new format for the All-Star game, which featured a target score to decide the winner instead of a clock, you might be in luck. 

According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the NBA is likely to use the target score format again in next year's All-Star game. The NBA's president of league operations Byron Spruell told Lowe it's a 'good assumption' we see this format again. 

In its maiden voyage, the target score was a smashing success. The NBA has struggled to make the All-Star game entertaining and intense enough for the best players in the world to try. By adding 24 points onto the leading team's score at the end of the third and saying, "First one to this number wins," it sparked the competitive fire in the league's biggest stars and made for an unforgettable basketball moment. 

The target score is very similar to the "Elam Ending," created by Ball State University professor Nick Elam. The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all event held over the summer, has used the Elam Ending for the last two years.

Chris Paul suggested using the format in the All-Star game to commissioner Adam Silver, and now the target score ending has a chance at making it to the G-League. 

Lowe also includes in the story that the NBA will discuss using the target score system in the G-League, the league's developmental league. However, concerns about making G-League play too different from play in the NBA make it unlikely for a full adaptation of the target score system. 

Spruell did say a possible first step would be using the system at the annual G-League Showcase, which usually takes place in December. 

To go even further down the rabbit hole of hypothetical changes to NBA games, the NBA will also reportedly discuss using target scores in the elimination rounds of a midseason tournament. In late December, the NBA propose massive schedule changes to the league's owners including shortening the regular season to 78 games and introducing a midseason tournament. 

The owners still have to approve the changes before any target scoring system can be implemented. 

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Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Wizards congratulate Marcin Gortat on retirement with tribute video

Following Marcin Gortat's retirement from basketball, the Wizards and Capitals made sure to congratulate him on wrapping up a 12-year career. 

Gortat spent five seasons with the Wizards from 2013-2018, averaging 11.6 points and 9.2 rebounds during his time in D.C. He was a reliable roll man f next to John Wall and helped lead the team to four straight playoff appearances. 

After spending a short time with the Clippers last season, The "Polish Hammer" decided to retire earlier this week. He did not play in the NBA this year. 

Could there be a Gortat appreciation night at Capital One Arena sometime soon? Wizards fans probably wouldn't oppose. 

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