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Wizards training camp: Frazier's injury, McCullough is standing out, Young is a Penguins fan

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Wizards training camp: Frazier's injury, McCullough is standing out, Young is a Penguins fan

The Wizards held their third day of 2017-18 training camp on Thursday on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Here's what you need to know...

Frazier injured

The Wizards saw backup point guard Tim Frazier go down with a Grade 1 groin strain on Thursday. The Grade 1 distinction means it's minor, but he will likely be out a few days.

"We'll see in the next couple of days when we evaluate him. I don't anticipate him practicing tomorrow," head coach Scott Brooks said.

That's good news that it's minor, but Frazier was one of the Wizards' biggest pickups this offseason and plays an important role as John Wall's backup.

Young is a Penguins fan

Wizards rookie Mike Young hails from the University of Pittsburgh and grew up in nearby Duquesne. Like many of those who grow up in the Steel City area, Young is a major sports fan. He likes the Pirates and Steelers, but loves the Penguins.

Yes, he knows they are the Capitals' biggest rivals.

But he said on the Wizards Tipoff podcast that he would not be afraid to show up at Capital One Arena for a Caps-Penguins game dressed in a Pens jersey. That would be something.

For his full interview, plus a chat with Brooks, check out the show right here:


McCullough is standing out

Third-year forward Chris McCullough is an early standout at training camp and the fact he plays the same position as Markieff Morris is certainly convenient.

Brooks believes McCullough could factor into the equation early in the year when Morris is sidelined following his sports hernia surgery.

"[McCullough] will get some minutes, but it depends on he plays. He's not just on the team. He's on the team to make an impact. Hopefully he continues to play well and puts pressure on me to find him some minutes," Brooks said. 

"He's showing his athleticism and length. I like it. Defensively, I think he can give us some activity. He still has to get stronger. He's a better shooter than I thought. He hasn't played much the last few years, but he's having a good camp. I think that's through the hard work that he's put in. He came into camp in great shape. He's showing us that he can play in the league. I don't know where I can find him the minutes, but at least I know he can definitely play."

Open practice will be fun

The Wizards' open practice on Friday night at VCU's Siegel Center will feature scrimmages, a dunk contest, a three-point contest and autographs.

Apparently last year was packed and they are expecting even more interest this time around.

Mahinmi is looking good

Yesterday, Ian Mahinmi told us on the Wizards Tipoff podcast how he lost 10 pounds over the summer. Brooks can see an improvement in his mobility and morale:

"Absolutely. You can see the excitement in his eyes. He had a tough year last year. Having injuries, having a couple of surgeries, it's not fun. He was coming to a new team as a free agent as a big pickup for us. That's exactly what we need is a defending big who can protect the paint and be a pick-and-roll defender. You can see it now that he's healthy."

Brooks can't dribble like he used to

Brooks did a two-ball dribble drill during in practice and caught some heat from his players for his performance.

"He's a coach in the making. John Wall is the next head coach of the Washington Wizards," Brooks said saracastically after Wall gave him flack. "It was tough. Three minutes of dribbling is tough. I hadn't done that in 18 years. I did that drill from seventh grade on until my last year in the NBA. Basically every day of my life."



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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks, who will buy him out, in three-team deal involving Dennis Schroder

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 Phily 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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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Fallout from the Kawhi/DeRozan trade; Kevin Love questions

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.

They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.

You can listen to the episode right here: