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2018 NBA Summer League: Wizards vs. Clippers TV and live stream, what to watch

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2018 NBA Summer League: Wizards vs. Clippers TV and live stream, what to watch

First round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and the Washington Wizards take on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on Wednesday afternoon. Here is everything you need to know...

2018 SUMMER LEAGUE: WIZARDS VS. CLIPPERS

When: July 11, 4 p.m.
Where: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
TV: ESPNU
Live stream: WatchESPN.com

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G/F Troy Brown, Jr., Oregon, 6
C Thomas Bryant, Lakers, 13
G Sam Cassell, Jr., Halcones, 19
G Chris Chiozza, Florida, 33
F Carrick Felix, Melbourne United, 21
G Phil Goss, PAOK BC, 15
G Aaron Harrison, Mavericks, 42
C Alan Herndon, Wyoming, 40
G Tiwian Kendley, Morgan State, 35
C Doral Moore, Wake Forest, 24
F Ajdin Penava, Marshall, 17
F Devin Robinson, Wizards, 7
G Jalen Ross, KK Studen Mostar, 34
G Issuf Sanon, Olimpija Ljubjana, 44
G Philip Scrubb, Skyliners Frankfurt, 32
F Heng YiFeng, Guangzhou Long-Lions, 51

(position/name/last team/jersey number)

What to watch: After three regular season games for the Wizards, it's playoff time and in the first round they have drawn an interesting matchup. With Brown, the 15th pick, plus Clippers guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (11th) and Jerome Robinson (13th), this game will feature three of the top 15 picks in last month's draft.

Like in the last three games when he faced off with Lonnie Walker IV and Zhaire Smith, this game will give Brown an opportunity to shine against players within his range in the draft. So far Brown has gotten the better of his fellow first rounders. If he outshines the Clippers' duo, it would be very impressive.

Robinson has been a revelation so far in the Summer League, throwing down vicious dunks and flashing a developing outside shot. He should have a good opportunity to keep it going today against a Clippers team that is guard-heavy.

Also, keep an eye out for Bryant and his ability to protect the rim. Both Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson have proven pretty good at attacking the basket and Bryant will be tasked with stopping them from finishing.

It would also be interesting to see Sanon match up with Gilgeous-Alexander at some point. Though he is far away from Gilgeous-Alexander's skill level, it would be a good barometer for where he is at athletically at the Summer League level.

Clippers

F Bogdan Bliznyuk, Eastern Washington, 27
C Angel Delgado, Seton Hall, 26
G Jawun Evans, Oklahoma St., 1
G Shai Gilgious-Alexander, Kentucky, 2
F Tyler Harris, Providence, 28
F Vince Hunter, UTEP, 37
F Grant Jerrett, Arizona, 46
F Jaylen Johnson, Louisville, 47
G Jordan Mathews, Gonzaga, 16
G David Michineau, France, 17
G Jerome Robinson, Boston College, 13
F Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall, 19
G Sindarious Thornwell, South Carolina, 0
F Reggie Upshaw, Middle Tenn. State, 36
G Thomas Wimbush, Fairmont State, 18

What to watch: Gilgeous-Alexander has been very impressive so far in the Summer League with few who can stop him from getting to the rim. He is deft off the dribble, has a quick first step and long strides at 6-foot-6. He has been one of the standouts in a rookie class that has faired quite well overall in Vegas.

Robinson worked out for the Wizards and is a very confident player. He has a smooth stroke from three and can get hot if allowed to get into a rhythm. It would make sense if the Wizards had Brown guard him and if he does, it will be a good test of where he's at defensively. Hopefully we get to see Brown guard both Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson at some point. 

Thornwell is another name to watch. He was a second round pick last summer and has shown promise in his second year in the Summer League as a tough defender and aggressive offensive player.

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri on staying in Toronto: 'In my mind, I'm here'

Just a few weeks ago, the Masai Ujiri-to-D.C. movement was gaining steam quickly. Just moments after Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors began celebrating their NBA Championship, reports began to swirl that the Wizards were prepared to aggressively pursue the GM.

Sources told NBC Sports Washington that there could be the possibility of a sort of mega-deal that went beyond just giving him control of the Wizards. But Wizards owner Ted  Leonsis denied earlier this month that the team had reached out, saying that "we have never planned in any way to ask for permission to speak to him during our process."

And on Tuesday, Uriji seemed to make it official that he will stay in Toronto.

"I love it here, my family loves it here. My wife loves it here, which is very important. My kids are Canadians. You want to win more, for me," Ujiri said on Tuesday during his end-of-season press conference.

"Yeah, I can continue to address teams wanting me and all those things. That's a blessing in life," Ujiri said. "For me the blessing is being wanted here and finding a place that makes you happy, and finding challenges that really make you grow as a person. This place has made me grow as a person."

"I identify with this place and I love it. So in my mind, I'm here."

On paper, Ujiri and the Wizards looked to be a good match. Washington could offer him money and control, while also allowing him to work with his "Basketball without Borders" program in D.C.

As NBC Sports' Tom Haberstroh explained recently, the Raptors late-season championship run could have messed up the timing and situation that could have lured Ujiri to a new team.

The Wizards made it through the NBA Draft without a new GM, but as July and free agency approach, the search may continue to ramp up.

The answer is still out there, it just may not be Masai Ujiri anymore.

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Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

Bradley Beal on Wizards draftee Rui Hachimura: 'He's a monster'

The Wizards added two pieces during the 2019 NBA Draft that franchise expects to be vital pieces of their future in Gonzaga's Rui Hachimura at No. 9 and Tennessee's Admiral Schofield at No. 42

Before Monday night's 2018-19 NBA Awards ceremony, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller caught up with the two faces of the franchise, Bradley Beal and John Wall, to see what they thought of the new additions to the squad.

Beal had high praise for Hachimura.

"I didn't know much," Beal said on what he knew about the Gonzaga product prior to the draft. "But from what I've seen watching the draft and things I've seen pre-draft and things like that, he's a monster."

The praise did not stop there. 

"He plays hard, extremely hard," Beal said. "Hopefully, he can have an impact right away." 

While an immediate impact would be beneficial for a Wizards team that could use Hachimura's scoring (he averaged 19.7 points per game at Gonzaga), Beal understands that Hachimura is still a very raw player. After all, he's only been playing basketball for eight years.

"But at the same time, we want him to grow," Beal said on Hachimura. "We know he hasn't been playing too long. But that's something we can build off of and mold him into the player we need him to be. He has tremendous upside, and I'm excited to get going. Hopefully, come September, October he's ready to go."

While Beal may not have known too much about Hachimura, he had followed the other Wizards draft pick, Admiral Schofield, for quite some time. 

"I love his game; I loved him in college," Beal said on Schofield. 

Beal joked about Schofield's body type, wondering whether basketball is the sport the Wizards second-round pick should be playing.

"He's got a football body. He's built like a tight end, wide receiver," Beal said. "I'm definitely happy that we have him, a fellow SEC guy. Him and [Jordan] McRae are going to hit it off. He can shoot, he's athletic, so I'm definitely excited to have him as well."

While Wall did not go into as much detail as Beal about the Wizards draft class, he was just as excited about the two new additions.

"I think it's good," Wall said. "We added some pieces [in the draft], [we'll] see what we do in free agency to add some guys to bring back or we're going to go after somebody new. I think we'll be fine."

According to head coach Scott Brooks, both Beal and Wall can identify talent very well

"The thing I love about John and Brad: they love the game," Brooks said last week. "You can call them up, there could be high school players, WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players, they know them."

"It's like, 'don't you guys have a life?'" Brooks joked.

Wall spent most of his time with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller discussing his Achilles rehab, where he revealed he is going to begin jogging soon. That's a good sign for the Wizards, even though Wall s expected to miss the majority of the 2019-2020 season.

In Hachimura and Schofield, the Wizards got two pieces that are not expected to contribute right away, but also potentially have the ability to do so. Earning high praise from the two most important players on the Wizards' roster is a good start for both of the Wizards 2019 NBA Draft selections. 

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