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Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets add veterans Jamal Crawford and Michael Beasley ahead of NBA restart

In need of some depth ahead of the NBA restart in Orlando, the Brooklyn Nets have reached an agreement with guard Jamal Crawford and are in the process of striking a deal with forward Michael Beasley, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported.

The signings come at a time in which the Nets are desperate for help as the team tries to hold its playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Brooklyn will be without Taurean Prince, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Dinwiddie as all three have tested positive for coronavirus. Additionally, Wilson Chandler has opted to not participate in the resumption of the season, citing that he is more concerned with the health and well-being of his family.

In addition to those four key pieces, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are still on the sidelines as they recover from injuries. Heading into the restart, Brooklyn's roster is depleted.

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Needing all the help they can get, Crawford and Beasley will immediately become a part of the Nets rotation. Crawford has 19 years of experience in the NBA, most recently averaging 7.9 points per game with the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season. Beasley also last appeared during the 2018-19 campaign, playing in 26 games for the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Nets currently hold the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and are six games ahead of the Wizards. The lack of star-power available for Brooklyn can only help Washington as it looks to try and sneak into the postseason field.

However, the Wizards will face their own challenges in Orlando. With Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans deciding to not participate in the restart, the Wizards will be without a large portion of their scoring for their eight guaranteed games. 

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Rui Hachimura out for Wizards' season finale, bringing his strong rookie year to a close

Rui Hachimura out for Wizards' season finale, bringing his strong rookie year to a close

Rui Hachimura's rookie season ended abruptly on Thursday, as just before tipoff against the Boston Celtics it was announced he would miss the game due to soreness in his right quadriceps.

That put a bow on what was a strong rookie year for the 2019 ninth overall pick. Hachimura, 22, enters the offseason having averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He shot 46.6 FG% from the field, 28.7% from three and 82.9% from the free throw line.

Hachimura proved to be one of the most consistent rookies in the NBA. He ranked sixth among rookies in scoring and third in rebounding.

There is now a strong likelihood Hachimura earns All-Rookie honors. If he does, he would be the first Wizards player to do so since Bradley Beal in 2013. Beal and John Wall are the only Wizards who have made All-Rookie since 2004.

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Hachimura's rookie season was full of positives, as he quickly emerged as a building block for the team moving forward. Next season, he will aim to expand the range on his jumpshot and to be a more reliable defensive player.

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And next season Hachimura figures to play an important role. He profiles as one of the team's top-four scoring options and will be relied upon to take pressure off of Wall and Beal as the team aims for a playoff berth.

This year was about player development. Next year will be about returning to the team's previous level as a perennial playoff contender. Hachimura will be a key ingredient in that effort.

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John Wall shares priceless workout video with his son, Ace

John Wall shares priceless workout video with his son, Ace

It's hard to imagine a better way to work out than how John Wall enjoyed his regimen Wednesday. 

Wall posted a video on Instagram doing pushups on a BOSU ball while his son, Ace looked on. All he wanted from his dad was a hug, though. 

It really doesn't get any better than that. 

Wall continues to work toward the 2020-21 season and his much-anticipated return to the floor after missing all of the 2019-20 campaign recovering from Achilles surgery. 

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In his absence Bradley Beal became one of the most consistent and prolific scorers in the NBA, the Wizards found a gem in sharpshooter Davis Bertans and saw key developments from young players such as Troy Brown Jr., Thomas Bryant and Rui Hachimura. 

Wall will return to a much different Washington team next season than the one he was forced to leave midway through the 2018-19 season. From all accounts, he looks ready to give them the boost necessary to become a legitimate force in the Eastern Conference. 

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