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If the Knicks miss out on Kyrie Irving, could they target Bradley Beal?

If the Knicks miss out on Kyrie Irving, could they target Bradley Beal?

The Knicks' plans to court Kyrie Irving may be thwarted by the other team in their city. New reporting by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski links the Celtics free agent with the Brooklyn Nets.

If Irving did choose the Nets over his other summer suitors, that would leave a hole in the Knicks' plans to bring in multiple stars with the hope of contending for a title next season. 

None of this would concern the Wizards unless the Knicks decided to hunt for an alternative star guard on the trade market, which could lead them to Bradley Beal. 

Consider this bit of prescient analysis, from NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig several weeks ago. 

New York likely would want to wait for Kevin Durant to sign in free agency as the long-running rumors suggest. Then the question is who gets the second max slot.

Kyrie Irving? Certainly possible. We know the Celtics are out. One source said don't sleep on the Nets getting involved.

Kemba Walker is a New York native. The All-NBA candidate is also someone the Hornets might do whatever it costs to keep.

There's also Beal, who would make a great fit next to a fellow perimeter threat in Durant.

The Knicks' assets include the third pick in 2019, which is a projected tier above the fourth slot since it means landing no less than Duke guard RJ Barrett. New York also has impressive rookie center Mitchell Robinson, point guard Dennis Smith and an unprotected first-round pick from Dallas that projects to convey in 2021.

If the Knicks decline to part with Robinson and three, the Wizards would have to consider Barrett, the top recruit in the 2018 class and Duke's leading scorer, a future All-Star. They might.

Beal—who did not make the All-NBA teams despite averaging 25.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists this season—would make an attractive option for any team seeking a guard who's both a bonafide star and still has room to grow. 

But why would Washington even consider moving a home-grown talent like Beal when they're not faced with the spectre of paying him a supermax contract?

If the Wizards believe they are multiple years away from contending for a title, Beal's prime might not be as valuable to them as it would be to a team that's going for broke next season. 

And, in turn, a rookie's development might line up better with the timeline of the Wizards' rebuild. Especially if that rookie is a near-certain star like Barrett. 

How such a trade would happen is complicated by Washington's front-office vacancy. Interim president Tommy Sheppard has filled in for Ernie Grunfeld since his dismissal and is likely to make decisions for the team on draft night

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How to watch Wizards' huge comeback win vs. Knicks, NBA 2K20 sim vs. 76ers

How to watch Wizards' huge comeback win vs. Knicks, NBA 2K20 sim vs. 76ers

Right before the NBA All-Star Break on Valentine's Day 2018, the Wizards took on the Knicks in New York. What looked like a sure loss after the first half of the game turned into the biggest comeback of the NBA's season at the time.

Bradley Beal's 36-points helped lead the Wizards to a 118-113 victory, overcoming a 27-point deficit.

Before that, though, you're going to want to get your fix of the Wizards' 2020 schedule with an NBA 2K20 simulation against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Still, the Wizards, even without Wall, have been on a tear in recent NBA 2K contests. 

Here's how to watch all the action. 

When:

Friday, April 3 at 7 PM ET

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms
  • Monumental Sports Network via its website www.monumentalsportsnetwork.com or via any of its available apps on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox.

 

Broadcast schedule:

7:00 PM: NBA2K Simulation: Philadelphia 76ers @ Wizards

8:00 PM: NBA Classics: Wizards @ New York Knicks from February 14, 2018

10:30 PM: NBA 2K20: Philadelphia 76ers @ Wizards 

Starting lineups

The nice part about this is we don't have to wait as long to know the starting lineups. Just don't tell the 2K computer. 

Sixers
PG - Raul Neto
SG - Shake Milton
SF - Tobias Harris
PF - Al Horford
C- Joel Embiid

Wizards
PG - Shabazz Napier
SG - Bradley Beal
SF - Jerome Robinson
PF - Rui Hachimura
C - Thomas Bryant

So if you're like us and desperately miss watching NBA basketball, tune into NBC Sports Washington on Wednesday night to get the closest thing to a live game. We'll get through this hiatus together.

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Report: NBA, players discuss withholding up to 25% of remaining salaries if season is canceled

Report: NBA, players discuss withholding up to 25% of remaining salaries if season is canceled

If the rest of the 2019-20 regular season is canceled, the NBA may be able to keep up to 25 percent of the salaries its players receive after April 1, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

League officials are in discussions with the National Basketball Players Association about a deal that would amend the collective bargaining agreement to give players a greater share of the financial damage inflicted by the coronavirus outbreak that’s put the current season on hold.

Wojnarowski writes that while the NBA has “no plans to announce the cancellation of games in the immediate future,” it’s preparing for all scenarios, including one in which coronavirus isn’t contained in time to salvage the regular season.

The NBA has already been withholding 10 percent of the players’ salaries with the promise of paying out the remaining 90 percent through April 1. In accordance with the CBA’s Force Majeure provision (reserved for catastrophic events), that money has been held by the NBA with a certain percentage slotted to be returned to teams at the end of the year depending on how much revenue is lost.

However, it appears the 10 percent cut has not been sufficient for softening the blow dealt by the season’s suspension. Per Wojnarowski, Commissioner Adam Silver and about 100 top league officials have already agreed to 20 percent pay cut. With team owners handling their own financial ramifications, the league is hoping for its players to help alleviate that burden and prevent the NBA from having to recoup additional percentages from the players after the season.

The purpose of the Force Majeure is to prevent the salary cap and luxury tax from taking a nosedive next season and beyond. By recouping additional salary, teams would be in better standing for spending relatively close to what they’ve done the past few years.

If the two sides don’t come to an agreement, players could owe back portions of their salaries at the end of the season. In an effort to avoid seizing past salaries, the league is asking the NBPA to agree to a deal while working on a plan to help players budget their spending based on reduced incomes.

As much as the NBA would like to resume its regular season in some fashion, the coronavirus pandemic has entirely changed the outlook—both logistically and financially—of professional sports in 2020 for the worst. Everything the league does now is just part of an effort to limit the damage as best it can.

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