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Latest Dwight Howard injury update officially makes his player option center of attention

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Latest Dwight Howard injury update officially makes his player option center of attention

With the Wizards in Phoenix, we learned not to expect a Dwight Howard resurrection this season.

Nobody really expected the veteran center back in the lineup considering the tepid recovery updates from head coach Scott Brooks in recent weeks. Howard rejoined the Wizards in late February for non-contact work after conducting his primary rehab from the Nov. 30 back surgery in his native Atlanta. He suffered a hamstring injury along the way.

Ahead of the March 18 home game against Utah, Brooks wouldn’t go all the way with any shutdown talk (“Not officially.”). He went the extra step with seven games remaining for the 30-45 Wizards.

“It’s pretty safe to say,” Brooks said before Wednesday’s game against the Suns.

The eight-time All-Star played nine games on the season, with his final appearance Nov. 18. The big question now is whether Howard, 33, plays for Washington next season.

He signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Wizards in July, which included a player option for the 2019-20 season. The odds of Howard opting into the second season seemingly increased each day he sat out beyond the original three-month recovery timeline.

Howard’s $5.6 million salary would eliminate some of the Wizards’ cap space, which was primarily created in February by trading Otto Porter to Chicago.

His return would also create a potential logjam at center. Young interior options Thomas Bryant and forward Bobby Portis, who Brooks has primarily used at the 5, are restricted free agents the Wizards may retain. Ian Mahinmi is on the books for the final year of his 4-year, $64 million contract.

The Wizards’ forecast is already complicated by John Wall’s torn Achilles that likely keeps the point guard out for the majority of the 2019-20 season. We’ll see if Howard returns – and at what physical level. All we know now is Howard won’t suit up again this campaign.

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Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Isaiah Thomas shows off impressive collection of signed jerseys

Like most sports fanatics, Isaiah Thomas has accumulated quite the jersey collection. The difference between him and the rest of us? He met all the people who's signed jerseys are hanging on his wall. 

Thomas showed off his collection to Chris Miller (watch above) as a part of his interview on the Wizards Talk Podcast, and we're going to go through it with him. 

First, he showed off his non-basketball collection, featuring Ken Griffey Jr., David Ortiz Tom Brady and Sidney Crosby. It's anyone's guess how he came across a dreaded Crosby jersey, but it's safe to assume he got the Brady and Ortiz jerseys from his time in Boston and his Griffey from his roots in Seattle. 

Continuing with the Seattle theme, Thomas turned to two Sonics legends in Gary Payton, Shawn Kemp and Kevin Durant. Thomas has been one of the biggest advocates for the NBA returning to Seattle, and bringing up the days of Payton and Kemp would make anyone miss the Sonics. 

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Next up, former Wizards teammate John Wall, Derrick Rose, Vince Carter, Muggsy Bogues, one of the best small guards to ever play, Brandon Roy and Jamal Crawford. 

Then, Thomas moved to his "Hitter List." It's a wall consisting of Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Damon Stoudemire and James Harden. 

"Those are killers right there," Thomas said.

So, the main takeaway here? Thomas has a jersey collection that would make anyone jealous and he still has plenty of time to add to it before his career is over. That's when we might need a follow-up video to see the complete collection. 

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Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

Relive the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

With the 2019-20 season on hold due to the coronavirus, we thought it'd be a good time to re-live some of the best moments the Wizards had before the league suspended play.

From January 20 to March 6, Bradley Beal put on one of the best scoring stretches in Wizards history. He scored at least 25 points in 21 consecutive games, good for the longest such streak in franchise history and the longest in the NBA all season, beating out the likes of James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

Over that 21-game stretch, Beal averaged 36 points and 5.6 assists while shooting 48.6% from the floor and 40.7% from three on nine attempts per game. He only scored less than 30 points five times throughout the course of the streak. 

30+ points: 16 games
40+ points: 6 games
50+ points: 2 games

Oh, and those 50-pieces came on back-to-back nights, which is something nobody in the NBA had done since Kobe Bryant in 2007. 

All-day Sunday, you'll be able to re-live the best games from Beal's streak on NBC Sports Washington. Here's a look at what you can expect. 

When: Sunday, April 5, 9:00 a.m.

Where:

  • NBC Sports Washington (channel finder
  • Any of our 24/7 authenticated streaming platforms

9 am -- Pistons @ Wizards from January 20, 2020: Beal starts off his streak by scoring 29 points in a much-needed win over the Pistons. This game also featured Beal crossing center Andre Drummond out of his shoes. 

11:30 am -- Wizards @ Hawks from January 26, 2020: In a trying day for the entire basketball world, Bradley Beal scored 40 points just hours after Kobe Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash. 

2 pm -- Mavericks @ Wizards from February 7, 2020: Beal scores 29 and hits the game-winning layup off a perfectly executed pass from Troy Brown Jr. 

4:30 pm -- Wizards @ Bulls from February 23, 2020: Setting a new career-high with 53 points, it's hard to look at Beal as a reason the Wizards lost this one. 

8 pm -- Bucks @ Wizards from February 24, 2020: One night later, Beal sets a career-high again by scoring 55 points in what he described was the most fun game he'd ever played in. 

11:30 pm -- Nets @ Wizards from February 26, 2020: Beal gets the Wizards back on track following a three-game losing streak post All-Star break with a 30-point night against the Nets at home. 

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