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John Wall outlines ways Wizards' front office can improve the roster

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John Wall outlines ways Wizards' front office can improve the roster

John Wall is never one to bite his tongue and each year that creates an interesting conversation once the Wizards' season comes to a close. This time it was following a first-round playoff exit and, per usual, he spoke his mind.

Wall went into detail about what he thinks the organization should do to improve this summer. He believes there are several areas they can upgrade.

Though an argument could be made that the roster was deeper this season than it was one year ago, Wall isn't so sure.

“I wouldn’t really say really deeper, I mean to be honest in my opinion. I think we added some pieces that helped us out at times but I think at the same time we could have added some more," Wall said. "I think we got this summer that’s really an opportunity to try to make some more switches and make it a deeper team and a more stronger team. You kind of look at [Otto Porter] go down and you just have really Kelly [Oubre] as one backup three."

Wall was referring to the Wizards having only two natural small forwards on the roster this season. When Porter was hurt, they had to turn to Tomas Satoransky, who can play the position but is primarily a point guard.

Wall thinks the Wizards need to add more weapons around him and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal.

"Just got to add some pieces," he said. "A lot, to be honest. There's a lot that we can use... I think it's pretty obvious. I don't need to point it out. I think the way the league is going, you need athletic bigs, you need scoring off the bench, you need all of those types of things. We don't really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian [Mahinmi] is older. [Marcin Gortat] is older. They're not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible."

Wall added that the players brought in need to bring with them a certain mindset.

"I think the thing we really can worry about is trying to add some pieces that fit right with guys that want to be true professionals, that want to really play and want to understand their roles and help the team out as much as possible. I think that’s what we need to do."

Wall wants anyone who joins the Wizards to buy into the bigger picture and perhaps in a different way than some of his current teammates.

"I think it’s just figuring out what pieces can add to our team, what guys can stay and what guys can go, that make us, that really want to be here, that really want to win and really want to take that next step," he said.

Wall could be talking about any number of guys, but it's worth noting that backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks requested a trade midseason and starting center Marcin Gortat has talked about moving on from Washington several times in the past.

The Wizards are not set to have a lot of money to spend in free agency. If they want to make a major move it will likely need to come via trade. That does include the potential for a sign-and-trade with a free agent player.

There are some big names set to hit the market like LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George and DeAndre Jordan. Wall reiterated that he does not prefer to play the role of a recruiter in those scenarios.

"I think people understand what they'll get if they come here. They've seen our team. They kind of know what it is. I don't think you really have to do much recruiting unless you're trying to like take you and two other people to a whole other team. I'm cool where I'm at," he said.

Wall has made his case. Now, like all of us, he will see how the front office treats this offseason.

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NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

NBA draft lottery 2020 to be held virtually amid coronavirus pandemic

The NBA offseason arrives later this week and will speed up soon not long after with the Aug. 20 draft lottery, which will be held virtually this year.

The news it is being held virtually, which was first reported by the Athletic, was a fairly obvious expectation. All 14 teams participating will do so remotely via a video feed. That's the way many events are being held amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Wizards have the ninth-best odds in this year's lottery. That gives them a 4.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick and a 20.2 chance to select in the top four.

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The top eight teams in the lottery are the Warriors, Cavs, Timberwolves, Hawks, Pistons, Knicks, Bulls and Hornets. The Warriors, Cavs and Timberwolves are tied for the best odds to get the No. 1 pick.

There is no consensus top player in this draft. Mock drafts have rotated through a few players at the top. The big names include James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

The Wizards will need some luck to move up and have a chance to get one of them.

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Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes in White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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