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The Marathon Continues: Isaiah Thomas tweets Nipsey Hussle lyrics after signing with Wizards

The Marathon Continues: Isaiah Thomas tweets Nipsey Hussle lyrics after signing with Wizards

The Wizards signed former All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas on Monday night, giving him a valuable opportunity to prove he can be a star in the NBA once again. 

Immediately after the news broke, Thomas began tweeting lyrics by his close friend, the late rapper Nipsey Hussle. 

Hussle was gunned down in the Crenshaw neighborhood of Los Angeles on March 31, 2019. His death shocked and saddened many in the NBA community who had personal relationships with Hussle, and the news struck Thomas hard.

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“If it wasn’t for the MARATHON, I wouldn’t of made it through” @nipseyhussle Damn! Damn! Damn! When i got the news yesterday before the game it reminded me when I got the news about my sister. It hit my heart straight on!!! I just spoke to you a few days ago cuz like this can’t be real. It seemed like our careers took off at the same time, I listened to your music EVERYDAY since ‘08 and we built our friendship up ever since then. You been REAL since day 1 and always showed me genuine love! You touched more lives than you would ever imagine and got people through real life situations by just being who you are... This is one of the toughest post I’ve ever had to make, I didn’t want to believe anything that I was hearing and I still don’t. You really had the world running they MARATHON! I remember every time I came by the shop to show love to you and the homies y’all would walk me to my car and tell me “Be safe out here”. This hit home and I pray that God protects your family, your kids and the whole HOOD. You inspired a whole generation with your music and what you stood for, no matter who you were or how your life was you could relate to what Nip was speaking through his music whether you was in the streets, a athlete, doctor it didn’t matter because it was about grindin for whatever you believed in! The world felt this shit and it will never be the same but ima do everything I can to keep this MARATHON life going. All Money IN no money OUT! Thank you for changing the world @nipseyhussle “So if it’s meant, than it’s gon be
People love it, cause they know that it’s the real me
The cops hate it, so they hope my homies kill me
But I don’t want the fame, I just want y’all to feel me
It’s my time, so I’m going in
We ball till we fall, F*** how the story ends
We see these niggas hatin’
I know you hoes plotting
I ain't worried bout it
Cause I know God got me” RIP @nipseyhussle

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Hussle's tireless push to build a rap career and give back to his community struck a chord with Thomas, who was working his way back from a hip injury in hopes of returning to All-Star form at the time of his friend's death.

"Him just coming out with ‘The Marathon’ and going at his pace, he meant everything to me. I will forever grind for him and try to keep this marathon life going," Thomas told The Undefeated. 

Hussle's Marathon-titled series of mixtapes became his calling card, inspiring others to continue pushing forward on the path to their dreams. 

For Thomas, his personal marathon continues in Washington. 

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Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker enter free agency expecting not to return to Wizards

Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker enter free agency expecting not to return to Wizards

NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes reports that neither Bobby Portis nor Jabari Parker expect to return to the Washington Wizards in free agency. 

Parker and Portis were traded to the Wizards this past season as part of the deal that sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls. 

Portis, who averaged 14.3 points (shooting 40.3 percent from three-point range) and 8.6 rebounds as a Wizard, hoped to command $16 million per year on the free agent market, a figure beyond what Washington was willing to invest. 

He has received interest from the Bucks, Magic, Jazz, Clippers, Lakers and Knicks among other teams. 

As for Parker, his $20 million team option was declined by the Wizards this summer. Washington also drafted another offensive-oriented forward in Rui Hachimura

While Parker contributed 15.0 points per night in Washington, questions about his defense made him less of a priority for the team to bring back. 

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Wizards reportedly receive No. 42 pick and Jonathon Simmons from 76ers for cash considerations

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Wizards reportedly receive No. 42 pick and Jonathon Simmons from 76ers for cash considerations

The Wizards found a way to get into the second round of the NBA Draft, acquiring the No. 42 pick and wing Jonathon Simmons from the 76ers in exchange for cash considerations. 

Washington did not enter draft night with a second-round pick, but with so many roster spots to fill, they prioritized acquiring one. 

Notably, Wizards center Thomas Bryant was selected with the No. 42 pick. 

In return, Philadelphia gets cap relief by offloading Simmons' contract. Simmons, a 29-year-old swingman from Texas, earned fame in 2016 as a D-league journeyman who was called up by the Spurs and became a reliable contributor. 

He went on to start 50 games for the Magic in 2017-18 before being traded to the Sixers midway through last season. 

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