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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

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Markieff Morris returns to Wizards, is still talking trash about the Celtics

After missing the first two weeks of training camp and the preseason, Markieff Morris walked into Capital One Arena on Thursday following a month that featured the birth of his first child, an acquittal of a three-year legal case and sports hernia surgery. Though much had changed in his life recently, his return brought familiarity for a Wizards team that often boasts of their commitment to continuity. Their starting power forward, a man who refers to himself as the team's enforcer, is officially back.

Morris remains sidelined after surgery, hoping to ramp his rehab up to light shooting work in the coming days. But his mere presence is something the Wizards were waiting for, knowing he can still make an impact in a leadership role.

"He looks great, feels great. It's good to have him back," head coach Scott Brooks said. "Our guys are excited to see him."

As mentioned above, there was a lot to catch up on with Morris. As for the surgery, he said his abdominal wall was repaired. He didn't start feeling discomfort until late in the offseason when his preseason workouts were intensified. He remains weeks to a month away from returning, but is excited to be back with his teammates. 

Morris believes he can still help out despite not being in the actual games.

"I will still talk a little s*** to the other team," he said in typical Morris fashion. "That's going to be the most important thing, letting those guys know I have their back regardless of whether I'm in the game or not."

[RELATED: MORRIS SAYS WIZARDS-CELTICS RIVALRY SHOULD CONTINUE]

Morris is of course thrilled to have the legal case behind him. Both he and his twin brother Marcus were acquitted of allegations they jumped a man at an exhibition basketball game. Morris says he was confident the whole time they would get off and "be victorious."

On top of all that going on, Morris' daughter Jyzelle was born in early September. He is still getting used to the lifestyle change.

"It's funny that I have a daughter now. It doesn't really hit you until you're waking up every morning or staying up all night to care for all her needs. She's beautiful and I love her to death," he said.

Morris also offered some additional thoughts on the Wizards-Celtics rivalry now that his brother Marcus plays in Boston. Markieff spoke on the matter in August, but this time was asked about his personal feud with Al Horford. Morris and Horford became enemies during the second round playoff series between the Wizards and Celtics this past spring after Horford undercut Morris on a shot in Game 1, injuring his ankle.

"S***, I'm still gonna kick his ass. We've still got that rivalry," Morris said.

Even so, Morris does think things will be changed now that his brother is in Boston and much of the Celtics' roster has been turned over.

"Ever since that trade, it's kind of felt a little different. Not only with him being traded, but with [Isaiah Thomas] and [Jae] Crowder and all those guys. It feels a little different," he said.

The rivalry may be different, but Morris remains his quotable self.

[RELATED: HOW WILL KYRIE IRVING AFFECT THE WIZARDS-CELTICS RIVALRY?]

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Breaking down the Wizards' 2018 draft class

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller analyze the Wizards' two picks the night of the draft.

They went in-depth on first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. and why the Wizards took him when some big names were still on the board. They also broke down why the Wizards chose to pick a draft-and-stash guy in the second round.

You can listen to the episode right here:

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

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Ernie Grunfeld uses second round pick on draft-and-stash prospect Issuf Sanon

The Washington Wizards selected international prospect Issuf Sanon with the 44th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Like Wizards first round pick Troy Brown, Sanon is just 18 years old and does not turn 19 until Oct. 30. President of basketball operations Ernie Grunfeld said that Sanon is a draft-and-stash prospect and will play at least the following year for Olimpija, a professional team in Slovenia.

Here’s what you need to know about Sanon:

Height: 6-4

Weight: 172

2017-18 stats: 20.5 mpg, 6.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, 0.2 bpg, 42.9 FG%, 28.3 3PT%, 50 FT%

*Sanon is a defensive-minded combo guard that is not expected to be ready for the next few years. However, he thrived defensively, allowing just 0.471 points per isolation possession, according to the NBA. That ranks in the 92nd percentile. In the past two seasons in Ukraine’s second division, Sanon averaged 4.6 steals per game.

*While playing in the 2017 U-18 Euros for the Ukrainian National team last summer, Sanon broke out, averaging 19.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game. 

*During the middle of the 2017-18 season, Sanon changed teams. He moved from Ukraine’s Dnipro to the more competitive Olimpija in Slovenia.

*The biggest area of improvement for Sanon is developing his offensive game further. While he is just 18 and very raw, Sanon’s numbers have dipped since his move to Olimpija, especially shooting wise. Sanon’s strength comes in transition and his 6-4 frame helps him when slashing to the rim.

*Though he will not play for the Wizards anytime soon, he will come to the United States and play on the Wizards’ Summer League team.