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Wizards using No. 32 as Bobcats bait for No. 2?

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Wizards using No. 32 as Bobcats bait for No. 2?

Unless the Wizards pull off another pre-draft deal before Thursday'sselection shindig in Newark, local eyes and ears are focused on all newscentering on one Bradley Beal. Well, Beal and rumored plans for the potentialfly in the ointment Charlotte Bobcats.Knowing that the New Orleans Hornets will select Anthony Davis at No. 1, the Wizards potential acquisition of the Florida wing guard likely comes down to what happens next. Yesterday in this space, I wrote aboutthe logic behind the woeful Bobcats reportedly lookingto trade down from their current perch with the No. 2 overall pick.Apparently new Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap is down with such logic.Dunlap told the Associated Press the idea of trading down to acquire extrapicks for the Bobcats youthful roster"makes a lot of sense."Should Charlotte keep the No. 2 pick, Dunlap's take on what he sees as theBobcats primary need won't make Wizards fans any less antsy about Beal becoming a Chinatown fixture."The ability to make the three is important because it allows you toplay inside the 3-point line," Dunlap said. "What happens is adefense collapses and it gets crowded in there. I would say that is safe to saythat we need to do that. And we need to do a better job with our spacing, too.But as far as the roster goes it's always nice to have guys who can shoot a basketball."My take on the Bobcats choice at two - as discussed in detail on my latestpodcast for FFToolbox - has been Charlotte goes for the energetic andupside power forward from Kansas, a.k.a. Thomas Robinson. Could they instead gofor backcourt with Beal? Sure. Again, they need everything.The Wizards need one thing, in a current depth chart sort of way: a backcourtperimeter shooter. Beal is the obvious fit. With the third overall pick, hemight be the only one. Maybe that is why talk of the Wizards becoming theBobcats trading partner with the No. 32 selection as bait is apparently outthere, according to ESPN'sChad Ford."With John Wall running the point, that leaves them with one big hole:at the 2. I think this makes Beal a no-brainer for the Wizards, who are lackinga lights-out perimeter shooter. He's a perfect fit for this new roster. And ifthe Wizards believe they are in danger of losing Beal, don't be surprised ifthey offer the Bobcats the No. 32 pick to move up one spot."If the Wizards still had their other second round pick - No. 46 went in theRashard Lewis trade - they could target a reserve point guard, a frontcourtshooter or whatever they desired and still send 32 to the Bobcats. Ifneeded, that is.Granted, all the NBA talk is just that, talk of the bluffing kind. Maybe theBobcats do not really want to deal down (but they do and should). Maybe theWizards are content with any option at three (but they shouldn't) and will not be bullied intoparting with another second rounder no matter Beal's fit. With the way the draft board and their depth chart sits, logic suggests the Wizardsmay havelittle choice but to take a stand.Forget pride- ifthey believe Beal is the real deal, then (if needed) ship3 and 32 forBeal.If right, that's a steal.(ht Bullets Forever)

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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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