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Haberstroh: Keep an eye on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan to the Wizards

Haberstroh: Keep an eye on the possibility of DeAndre Jordan to the Wizards

The NBA trade deadline is always one of the most exciting and hectic times of the season. While this year's deadline will be largely focused on whether the New Orleans Pelicans trade Anthony Davis or not, there are several other players and teams to watch.

For instance, last week, Kristaps Porzingis, the former face of the New York Knicks franchise, was suddenly dealt to the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade.

But one of the players on the other side of the trade may interest the Wizards, according to NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh.

"One name to watch is DeAndre Jordan," Haberstroh said. "He just went to the Knicks and he might be bought out before the trade deadline. You have to wonder, would the Wizards be interested in him?"

Jordan, who spent the first decade of his NBA career as a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, could be a part of his third different team of the season in just a few days, should he be bought out and sign elsewhere. Jordan is averaging 11.0 points and 13.7 rebounds on the season.

While the Wizards may show some interest in the 11-year veteran, there is another team in the East that could have interest in Jordan, according to Haberstroh.

"Maybe the Charlotte Hornets, who are above the Wizards in the standings, maybe they look at DeAndre Jordan as their center this season," he said. "That would make it a lot more difficult for the Wizards to move up into the playoffs."

The Wizards have already made two trades this season, both coming within two weeks of each other. They acquired Sam Dekker on Dec. 7 in  a five-player, three-team deal, with Jason Smith heading to Milwaukee and a 2022 second-round pick to Cleveland. On Dec. 17, Washington traded Austin Rivers and Kelly Oubre, Jr. to the Phoenix Suns for Trevor Ariza.

The Wizards have had plenty of roster turnover throughout this season, but Haberstroh doesn't expect them to make any more significant moves before Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

"At this point, I think it's going to be a quiet deadline for the Washington Wizards," he said.

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John Wall on what he's learned sitting out due to his Achilles injury

John Wall on what he's learned sitting out due to his Achilles injury

It has been 419 days since John Wall last played in an NBA game. That is nearly 14 months of rehabbing injuries; first from surgery to remove bone spurs in his heel, then surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles.

That has given Wall plenty of time to take a step back, watch the game of basketball and ponder what it will be like when he finally returns to the court, which right now looks like it will be in October to begin next season. During this time off, Wall has had some realizations about basketball and its role in his life. He shared them in an in-depth conversation with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the 'Wizards Talk podcast.'

"Now you understand how quickly and easily things can be taken away," Wall said.

Wall has also learned the value of patience. Since going viral with a series of dunks before games, he keeps hearing from others that he should be playing in games for the Wizards.

"Everybody was like ‘if he is doing these types of dunks, he can play.’ Well, there’s a lot more to basketball than just dunking," he said. "That’s not playing 38-to-40 minutes and then seeing how your body reacts the next day. You won’t know that until you play in a game. So, that’s why I’m not rushing the process and trying to re-injure anything. I’m just taking my time."

Wall said he has been pleased with his progress and that those videos going viral have been a reward for the time and effort he has put into his rehab. He also said he has been able to do even more behind closed doors, including a practice where he threw down a windmill dunk off his left, surgically-repaired leg.

Wall has long been a left-handed dunker because he would get more lift off his right leg due to injuries to the left. But after surgery, he is feeling better jumping off that leg.

If Wall can jump higher off his left leg, that should help him when he returns. But don't expect too many changes to the way he approaches the game.

Miller asked Wall if he would change the way he plays — if he would deviate from the same aggressive player who attacks the rim consistently.

"Nope," he said. "That’s all I know."

Wall spoke with Miller on a long list of topics including how Bradley Beal's game has changed, his respect for Davis Bertans' shooting ability and how he has dealt with the passing of his mother. You can listen to the full podcast here.

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Kevin Durant creating a documentary on why so many NBA players come from Prince George's County

Kevin Durant creating a documentary on why so many NBA players come from Prince George's County

Still recovering from a long rehab process after rupturing his Achilles in the NBA Finals last year, the way Kevin Durant is spending his time may spark the interest of basketball fans all around the DMV area. 

The Sports Business Journal reported Durant is creating a documentary focusing on the prominence of basketball stars raised in Prince George's County and is "putting the finishing touches" on the project. 

Durant's Thirty Five Ventures has the documentary, called "In the Water", listed as still in development on its website. With players like Durant, University of Maryland legend Len Bias, and Pacers all-star guard Victor Oladipo all coming from the same place, this will surely be a must-watch. 

Markelle Fultz, Jeff Green, Quinn Cook, and Ty Lawson are also some of the better known local products to make it in the NBA. The documentary will air on Showtime. 

"This is a project that really looks at the roots of why that is societally and culturally," Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza told Sports Business Journal. 

Some of Thirty Five Ventures' other projects include ESPN+'s "The Boardroom" starring Durant and Jay Williams, Still KD, and more. Co-founded with manager Rich Kleiman, the company also has a diverse portfolio that includes investments into companies like food delivery service Postmates and the sports network Overtime. 

Although Durant has repeatedly said he won't be playing for his hometown Wizards during the past few free agency periods, he has done quite a bit to shine some light on the local community's success. 

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