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Isaiah Thomas believes Bradley Beal is one of most talented teammates he's ever had

Isaiah Thomas believes Bradley Beal is one of most talented teammates he's ever had

Isaiah Thomas has been part of seven different organizations now that he has joined the Wizards and has eight years of NBA experience under his belt, but he's never had a teammate quite like Bradley Beal.

The best player Thomas has ever been around is LeBron James. But after that? Beal might be the second-best teammate he's had, according to him.

"I mean, other than playing with LeBron James, I haven't played with an All-Star caliber guy like that, that's dynamic who can not just shoot at a high level but can make plays for himself and can make plays for his teammates. Also, he plays at the other end at a high level as well," Thomas told NBC Sports Washington.

Thomas, 30, has had a lot of good teammates over the years. In Sacramento, he played with DeMarcus Cousins, but before Boogie reached his peak powers. He had Goran Dragic in Phoenix, but Beal is better than he was at the time. 

Thomas also had Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Kevin Love in Cleveland, but Wade and Rose were well past their prime and Love was having a down year due to injuries. And though Thomas had All-NBA center Nikola Jokic as a teammate in Denver last season, Thomas barely played due to his own injury issues.

Consider the total package that Beal brings as a versatile two-way player, and it's hard to make a definitive argument against Thomas' claim. That goes to show just how good Beal has become at this stage of his career, to stand out like that to Thomas, who has been around the block.

"He's one of the best guards to play the game. He's very talented," Thomas said. "From afar I've always liked his game, other than when we was battling and talking trash."

Beal and Thomas, of course, went at it in some infamous battles between the Wizards and Celtics back when they were locked in a rivalry that culminated with a second-round playoff duel in 2017. They were once enemies, but now they are set to share the backcourt together and Thomas is looking forward to it.

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Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

Wizards Moe Wagner to wear 'Vote' on jersey as social justice statement, per report

When the NBA returns to action in Orlando later this month, some players will have the option to replace their last name on their jerseys with social justice statements. 

Washington Wizards' Moe Wagner will be one of those players that will be opting to do so, according to the TNT's Chris Haynes. Wagner will have 'Vote' on the back of his jersey.

The second-year player will join several other stars that will be speaking out by virtue of their jerseys. As of now, he joins Rudy Gobert, C.J. McCollum, Pat Connaughton and others who will have a social justice message on their threads. 

Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) - "Equality"
CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers) - "Education Reform"
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers) - 'Equality"
Kent Bazemore (Sacramento Kings) - "Education Reform"
Matisse Thybulle (Philadelphia 76ers) - "Vote"
Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks) - "Equality"
Meyers Leonard (Miami Heat) - "Equality"
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers) - "Enough"
Moe Wagner (Wizards) - "Vote

More players will likely join-in to wear these statements. The NBA and NBPA agreed to this option allowing the players to inspire change on a large platform while restarting the 2020 season. The players can continue important conversations regarding race and social injustice as opposed to basketball serving as a distraction to larger issues within the country.

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Some players are "disgruntled with the lack of options" the NBA provided, according to Haynes. There are 28 options for players to chose from, along with their regular last name. According to ESPN, here are the phrase options:

-Black Lives Matter
-Say Their Names
-Vote
-I Can't Breathe
-Justice
-Peace
-Equality
-Freedom
-Enough
-Power to the People
-Justice Now
-Say Her Name
-Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can)
-Liberation
-See Us
-Hear Us
-Respect Us
-Love Us
-Listen
-Listen to Us
-Stand Up
-Ally
-Anti-Racist
-I Am A Man
-Speak Up
-How Many More
-Group Economics
-Education Reform
-Mentor

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Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince test positive for coronavirus, won't play in NBA restart

After testing positive for coronavirus, Brooklyn Nets Taurean Prince will not be traveling with the team to Orlando to participate in the NBA restart, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Tuesday evening. 

Prince is the fourth Nets player to not participate in the league's restart due to the virus -- DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Wilson Chandler are also out.

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The Nets have the most players not playing in Orlando of any team invited to the bubble if you include Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving who are both sitting out as they rehabilitate their injuries. 

The Nets now have four roster spots at their disposal to substitute for guys not making the trip.

Prince was one of the biggest Nets names heading to Orlando as he started 61 of 64 games for Brooklyn while averaging 12 points and six rebounds. 

The Washington Wizards are currently six games behind Brooklyn, making this news major for the home team's efforts towards the postseason. However, with Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans opting out of the restart, circumstance still slightly favors Brooklyn because of their already established lead. 

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