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Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away as John Wall's backup

Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away as John Wall's backup

Keeping the 52nd pick in Thursday's NBA Draft would have offered the Wizards another young player to develop, but as they took stock of the players on their roster and those likely to be available late in the second round, they determined the best course of action was to acquire a sure thing.

In comes Tim Frazier, a 26-year-old point guard who spent last season with the New Orleans Pelicans and gives the Wizards a proven commodity to toss into what they feel like is a balanced blend of veterans and players still trying to find a role in the league.

The Wizards won 49 games last season and made it to Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs. Backup point guard was a weakness for much of the season and they feared that would continue if they had to rely on a player right out of college.

"We got someone who we feel can help us because he’s experienced," Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld said. "He’s been around, he brings something to the table. We didn’t feel like we could get someone like that at 52, who can come in right away and help us."

"With the 52nd pick, you never know if somebody is going to be able to help," head coach Scott Brooks added. "I like developing players, but we had a chance to get a veteran guy who has worked his way into the league and made himself into a very good player."

Both Brooks and Grunfeld pointed to what they feel is an enviable core of young players. John Wall and Markieff Morris will turn 27 right before the season begins. Bradley Beal turns 24 next week. Otto Porter, who they each refer to as a part of their future despite his restricted free agency, turned 24 earlier this month. 

Beyond those four they have Chris McCullough (22), Daniel Ochefu (23), Sheldon Mac (24) and Tomas Satoransky (25). There is only so much room for prospects for a team that wants to win now.

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Grunfeld said it's ideal to have a "good mix" of youth and experience and they like the balance they currently have. Frazier, who averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists per game last year, helps that cause.

"He's an experienced player, he averaged over five assists a game last year, he started about 30 games for New Orleans last year when they had some injuries. He’s a good teammate, he pushes the ball, he’s a competitive guy and, again, he has experience," Grunfeld said.

Whether Frazier can fully solve their backup point guard issues isn't clear yet. For one, he's a short-term fix with just one year left on his contract. Also, he isn't a great shooter with a career 40.3 field goal and 31.6 three point percentage. He isn't considered a very good defender, either.

But Frazier does possess attributes the Wizards covet and they think Satoransky can help fill the void now with one year of NBA experience under his belt.

"We’re happy with what we did with Tim. It gives us another player that fits what we need," Brooks said. "He’s a winner, he’s a tough kid, gritty, knows how to play, another guy that can push the pace and continue our pace and play fast. Defensively, he’s scrappy. I think it’s a great pickup, a great addition. He’s an important piece to our team to give us some options playing behind John."

Backup point guard was a big need for the Wizards as they entered this offseason. In Frazier, they believe they have found the solution.

[RELATED: Wizards' decisions on NBA draft night put into perspective]

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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