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Magic player calls out Wizards' Davis Bertans for sitting out of NBA restart

Magic player calls out Wizards' Davis Bertans for sitting out of NBA restart

Set to hit the free-agent market after this season, Davis Bertans elected not to participate in the NBA's restart next month at Disney World.

The sharpshooting forward is in line for a massive payday and has a history of knee injuries, so he decided against assisting the Wizards in an eight-game sprint to force a play-in tournament for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. 

Washington reportedly supports that decision completely, but the same can't be said for players like Magic guard Evan Fournier. In consecutive tweets Monday, Fournier criticized Bertans' decision to watch his teammates fight for a playoff spot instead of being there himself. 

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You'd think Fournier, who's Magic will be trying to fend off the Wizards in Orlando for the right to draw the Bucks in the first round, would be happy to see Washington without their second-best player. It appears not.

It's also easier for a player in the fourth year of a five-year, $85 million contract to look at things a little differently than Bertans, who figures to be one of the top players on the market this fall. 

Not long after, Bertans responded to Fournier's tweet.

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Whatever side of this you fall on, Fournier's reaction shows why this is a difficult decision for players considering sitting out. It's hard to prioritize anything over your teammates, even in a situation where the playoffs aren't a guarantee and if you make it, you have to deal with an absolute buzzsaw in Milwaukee. 

Bertans is a valuable piece to the Wizards this year, but he'll be even more valuable next season with John Wall back on the floor breaking down defenses and kicking it out to him for threes. It's probably best if Bertans is fully healthy for when that time comes. 

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Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

Indiana Pacers star and DMV native Victor Oladipo out Monday vs. Wizards

The Indiana Pacers will be without their All-Star guard when they take the court Monday afternoon against the Washington Wizards.

Nearly 90 minutes before tip-off, Pacers head coach Nate McMillan announced that Victor Oladipo would rest for Monday's game versus Washington, as the team is taking extra precautions with the guard as he continues to recover from a torn quad injury.

The guard is expected to play in Indiana's game Tuesday versus Orlando and is sitting out Monday's contest to prevent playing in back-to-backs, according to McMillan.

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Oladipo has played in just 14 games this season on a minutes restriction, averaging a career-low 26.4 minutes per game. The 28-year-old originally planned to opt-out of the Orlando bubble, but Oladipo changed his mind and rejoined his team before the restart began.

Although the game is taking place in Orlando rather than D.C., Monday's game versus Washington would have been a semi-homecoming for Oladipo.

The guard played his high school ball at DeMatha Catholic, a national powerhouse located in Hyattsville, Md., just over the D.C. border. Additionally, Oladipo would have faced his former high school teammate, Wizards wing Jerian Grant. 

Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington Plus. Oladipo and Grant's high school coach, Mike Jones, will join the broadcast.

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Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

Lakers' LeBron James says 'The Great Wall of John coming soon' after watching Wall's workout video

John Wall threw a bomb into the NBA universe when he posted this snippet of his workout on social media and looked like an absolute monster. 

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Many players around the league hopped into Wall's comments section to send the 5x All-Star some love and one of them happened to be the King, LeBron James.

"Yessir!!! The Great Wall of John coming soon!!" James said. 

Wall and James have been good friends since Wall entered the league in 2010 — the two have exchanged advice over the years, trained together in the offseason, and participated in heated head-to-head battles as well. 

"LeBron's a great leader," Wall said back in 2014. "Patience — that's something he has preached to me since his rookie year."

A few more high-profile athletes showed Wall some love on Instagram Sunday night — Former Wizards' star Gilbert Arenas, former Wizard Isaiah Thomas, and Washington Football Team QB Dwayne Haskins. 

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