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Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

Wizards/Bullets Best of the Best: (2) Elvin Hayes vs. (15) Caron Butler

CSN is running a bracket to determine the best player in Wizards/Bullets franchise history. There are 16 players in a four-round tournament. The first round will be voted on by fans, while the rest will be determined by our analysts. The winner will be revealed during an hour-long special called 'Best of the Best' on Friday, July 14 at 7:00 p.m. on CSN.

Here is today's matchup...

No. 2 ELVIN HAYES vs. No. 15 CARON BUTLER

Elvin Hayes

Years with franchise: 9
Stats: 21.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.4 bpg, 45.8 FG%
Accolades: Hall of Famer, NBA champion, 8-time All-Star, 6-time All-NBA, 2-time All-Defense

Summary: The Bullets acquired Hayes in a one-for-one deal that sent small forward Jack Marin to the Houston Rockets in 1972. Marin was a two-time All-Star, but Hayes was in the prime of a Hall of Fame career. Alongside fellow Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, Hayes and the Bullets went on to make the playoffs in eight consecutive seasons. They made the NBA Finals three times and won the franchise's only championship in 1978.

Hayes was one of the most feared big men in the NBA in the late 1960s and through the 1970s. He was known for his rebounding (12.7 rpg with Bullets) and rim protection (2.4 bpg), but could also score. He led the league in scoring as a rookie with the San Diego Rockets, but in Washington didn't need to carry as heavy a load. 

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Caron Butler

Years with franchise: 5
Stats: 19.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.8 spg, 0.3 bpg, 45.3 FG%
Accolades: 2-time All-Star, All-NBA, All-Rookie

Summary: Butler played for nine different teams across 14 NBA seasons, but he had his best years in Washington starring alongside Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison. The Wizards acquired Butler in one of the best trades in franchise history, a 2005 deal that sent Kwame Brown and Chucky Atkins to the L.A. Lakers. The 10th overall pick in 2002, Butler was a young and inconsisent player through his first three seasons with the Heat and Lakers, but once he joined the Wizards he quickly found his way and emerged as one of the best small forwards in basketball.

Butler could do a little bit of everything. He was a legitimate wing scorer (19 ppg with Wizards) who could stretch the floor to three-point range. He grabbed 6.6 rebounds and dished 3.5 assists per game in Washington. And twice he averaged over two steals per game. The Wizards made the playoffs three straight years with Butler in their lineup. With an inspirational story and famous habit for chewing straws, Butler was a fan favorite during his years in Washington.

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Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Wizards will face Lakers, Clippers in Orlando's NBA exhibition schedule

Before the Wizards begin their eight-game schedule to close out the regular season on July 31, they will have three exhibition games to get warmed up in Orlando.

They will start July 22 against the Denver Nuggets and also play the Lakers and Clippers. Those are the three top seeds in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their three-game set:

7/22: Nuggets, 3:30 pm ET
7/25: Clippers, 8 pm ET
7/27: Lakers, 3 pm ET

The question here, of course, is whether the stars will play given these games won't count. In a usual preseason, the answer would probably be 'no.' But in this case, with each team only having three games to find their rhythm before games start, and after months off, it is anyone's guess.

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It wouldn't be surprising if the Wizards did see some combination of Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The biggest question mark would be that Lakers game since it is the last exhibition game for both teams. Maybe James and/or Davis sit with two games already under their belt and an opening night meeting with the Clippers awaiting.

Either way, the Wizards will get a look at some of the NBA's best teams before they kick things off for real. And this also means they will be playing games nine days ahead of their regular season. There are now just under three weeks to go until the Wizards return to the court.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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