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For Mike Scott, applause from Wizards fans is extra meaningful after NBA comeback

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For Mike Scott, applause from Wizards fans is extra meaningful after NBA comeback

Tuesday night has become a regular occurrence these days for Mike Scott. He went off for 24 points in 23 minutes on 11-for-15 shooting, production that was pivotal in another Wizards win.

This has become a running theme for the former University of Virginia star, who is now averaging 15.4 points in his last eight games while shooting a slightly-more-than-decent 79.1 percent from the field. That streak is quickly turning him into a fan favorite.

Each time he was subbed out on Tuesday, the 16,529 in attendance at Capital One Arena treated him with a roaring applause. Many fans stood up and out of their seats to cheer.

Those fans see a guy making a difference on the court for their favorite team, but they may not know what those moments mean to Scott himself.

"It felt great. I don't really show a lot of emotion on the court, but that did feel great," Scott said. "I'm very grateful for that. It may seem like nothing to other players, but stuff like that, it feels great to a player. It's very encouraging, especially from the past years that I've had. It just feels great."

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It wasn't long ago that Scott's NBA career and life as a free man was in jeopardy due to various injuries to his left leg and a felony drug arrest that could have put him in prison for up to 25 years.

Scott beat the case, then had to lose 30 pounds over the summer to earn a contract with the Wizards. His road back makes nights like Tuesday's more special than they may seem and that perserverance is also earning him some attention around the Wizards locker room.

"That's just a guy that understands that we all are human. Everybody makes mistakes. You can bounce back," guard John Wall said.

"He admitted that he made a mistake. Stuff happens in life, but he put it behind him. He put in a lot of work to get in the best shape that he could to come back and help our team. You can't do nothing but applaud a guy like that and give him a lot of respect."

For this to happen in Washington, D.C., the closest NBA city to his hometown of Chesapeake, Va., adds a nice angle to Scott's story. He's having quite the homecoming so far this season as an early candidate for NBA Comeback Player of the Year.

"My dad is here a lot. My friends are here a lot. It's only a three-hour drive to Chesapeake, 2 1/2 with the way my dad drives. It's great," he said.

For more on Scott's journey, click here.

 

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Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards set introductory press conference for Dwight Howard

Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld has stayed relatively busy this summer crafting his new-look lineup for the 2018-19 season. 

One of the team's key additions, Dwight Howard, is set to be introduced as a member of the Wizards on Monday. 

NBC Sports Washington will air the introductory press conference live at 1 p.m. while also streaming it online.  

Ernie Grunfeld and head coach Scott Brooks are both expected to be in attendance. 

The 32-year-old big man is coming off a 2017-18 season with the Charlotte Hornets in which he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. 

Since leaving the Orlando Magic after eight seasons in 2011, Howard has played for four different teams in the last six years. 

Howard is an eight-time all-star and a three-time defensive player of the year. 

 

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

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Carmelo Anthony traded to Hawks in three-team deal, but not likely to stay

The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.

The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first-round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Philly and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.

That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.

Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.

Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden. 

Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.

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