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NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Tracking Wizards, Lakers, Anthony Davis and the rest of the league

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NBA Trade Deadline Tracker: Tracking Wizards, Lakers, Anthony Davis and the rest of the league

We are within 36 hours of the NBA trade deadline. By 3 p.m. Thursday all deals must be done or wait until the off-season. That includes you, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and the rest of the Anthony Davis-desiring Los Angeles Lakers. 

Until then check back with this space for the latest around the league. The primary focus, of course, centers on the Washington Wizards.

Any chance they deal 2019 unrestricted free agent Trevor Ariza? Could they break their public no-trade stance and move Otto Porter or Bradley Beal now that John Wall’s torn Achilles creates long-term uncertainty? What about adding help? Current signs point to no, but as we know, deadlines create deals.

Wednesday 4:58 p.m.: Suns acquire Tyler Johnson from Heat 

Johnson's fifth year in Miami comes to end just a day before this year's Feb. 7 deadline as he packs his bags for Phoenix. The 26-year-old is averaging 10.8 points in the 44 games he's played in this season. 

Wednesday 11:28 a.m.: Second chances

Another subtle move from the Pistons that seemingly focuses more on the future than the present despite their standing as the ninth-place team in the Eastern Conference.  

Stanley Johnson and Thon Maker entered the league with lottery pick hype, yet neither has fully made the leap from athletic freak to skilled basketball player. Perhaps the change of scenery helps. The 7-foot-1 Maker, who somehow is still only 21 according to the team website, wanted out of Milwaukee. Johnson, part of Detroit's main rotation provides the East-leading Bucks with another wing presence. 
-- Ben Standig

Wednesday 2:37 a.m.: Processing this 76ers-Clippers blockbuster 

All you East Coasters are waking up to major NBA trade news. Philadelphia went all in toward having a big four while the *other* Los Angeles team positioned itself for a possible run at  Anthony Davis, a source tells NBC Sports Washington.

Let's start with the Clippers, who primarily veered toward the future by dealing Harris and other veterans for a tremendous value haul considering Harris is an expiring contract. 

The move also adds additional bait should the Pelicans decide to move Davis before the trade deadline. Los Angeles, now the eight seed in the Western Conference, could start with rookie point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and energy forward Montrezl Harrell plus the picks acquired from Philly. Ex-Wizard Marcin Gortat would likely head to New Orleans for salary swapping purposes. 

Davis included the Clippers on the list of teams he would sign a long-term extension with. Stay tuned there. If LA falls into the lottery, Boston loses one of its potential No. 1 picks it could include in any Davis trade.

Harris joins Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler on a 76ers squad that followed up wins over the Lakers and Warriors with losses to the Kings and Raptors. The cost, though, was rather hefty for a near All-Star power forward entering free agency this summer. Philadelphia had a significant hole at power forward and a need for shooting. It doesn't now. The Eastern Conference title chase just got wilder.

Tuesday, 11:37 p.m.: The Lakers made a trade. No, not that one.

From a Wizards perspective, this deal involves the team directly above them in the Eastern Conference standings – except Detroit did not make a play for immediate help. The Pistons traded away a 12 points per game scorer in Bullock, whose contract expires this season. Mykhailliuk’s contract extends beyond this campaign, and Detroit added a future second-round pick.

Tuesday: Trevor Ariza admiration society

The Los Angeles Lakers were the favorites to acquire Trevor Ariza back in December. Then the Wizards swooped in for the two-way forward. Since then the idea of a Wizards-Lakers trade involving Ariza remained should Washington fall out of the playoff race. ESPN’s Ramon Shelburne decided to confirm the interest from the L.A. side.

Should the Wizards grow interested, the basics of a deal likely involve Ariza ($15 million salary this season) in exchange for the expiring contract of wing threat Kentavious Caldwell-Pope ($12 million) and a second round pick. Makes sense for both sides, but only has legs if Washington looks toward the future.


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WATCH: Rui Hachimura throws down a vicious dunk and lets the Heat know it

WATCH: Rui Hachimura throws down a vicious dunk and lets the Heat know it

Rui Hachimura is one of the more soft-spoken players on the Wizards, but you wouldn't be able to collect that from his highlight dunk Friday night in Miami. 

Early in the second quarter while the Wizards were riding the momentum from their win over Philadelphia the night before, Hachimura threw down a loud one-handed slam to give them a 12-point lead. 

Then he let out a scream to let the entire arena know what they just witnessed. 

Hachimura has struggled most of the year with finishing through contact inside. Over the last two weeks, he's had the two best games of his career against the Clippers (30 points) and Sixers (27) due in large part to the rookie playing with more physicality offensively. 

The Wizards have to like what they've seen out of Hachimura already this season, and these kinds of incremental growths are all you can really ask for from a first-round pick. 

Hachimura seemed to hit a wall two weeks ago, but he adjusted tried playing with more physicality and it's paying off for him. 


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Jimmy Butler dominates as Wizards' valiant effort in Miami falls short

Jimmy Butler dominates as Wizards' valiant effort in Miami falls short

It would've been easy for the Wizards to rest on the excitement of Thursday night's win over the Sixers and phone it in against the Heat before a Friday night in Miami. 

But they didn't, and while they didn't come up with the win, the Wizards showed resolve and grit against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. 

Here are the top takeaways from the 112-103 loss. 

Wizards forced to use their depth

Coming into the game the Wizards were already down CJ Miles, Jordan McRae and Thomas Bryant with long-term injuries, but then Ian Mahinmi was scratched so he didn't have to play a back-to-back and Isaiah Thomas was ruled out with the same calf injury that kept him on the sidelines against Philly. 

So Scott Brooks reached deep down his bench and deployed some lineup combinations he's rarely had to go with this year. Moe Wagner and Ish Smith got the start alongside Bradley Beal Isaac Bonga and Rui Hachimura while Davis Bertans, Troy Brown and Chris Chiozza were his top reserves. 

At one point, the Wizards fielding a lineup of Chiozza-Brown-Bertans-Bonga-Schofield. Per Cleaning the Glass, those five players have yet to share the court together this season. 

But the Wizards played well. They weren't flat on the second night of a back-to-back, which many would have expected coming off such a great win at home the night before, and they matched the intensity of a consistently hard-playing Heat team for most of the game. 

That's a sign of good culture, which is something the franchise has prioritized in a rebuilding year. I'd be excited to see how they handle the Clippers at home after getting their doors blown off in LA not too long ago. 

Bertans' trade value keeps growing

Davis Bertans showed out on the big stage against the Sixers Thursday and continued his hot streak from deep in Miami. He finished with 19 points, going 5-13 from three, and it's clear defenses are insanely worried about him coming off screens. 

With an expiring $7 million deal, Bertans is a prime trade target for contenders who need bench scoring and floor spacing. 

Before the year it would have been blasphemous for the Wizards to get a first-round pick for Bertans, but now? I'd be surprised if they don't get at least one for him if they wish to deal him. 

An elite uniform night

It's "City Edition" season in the NBA and the Wizards and Heat brought it Friday night. 

The Wizards went with the "Stars and Stripes" for the second night in a row, while the Heat sported another iteration of their famous "Miami Vice" jerseys. 

I move for both uniform combinations to be made permanent additions for years to come. 

Rui Hachimura vs Herro and Nunn

This game featured three of the best rookies the game has had to offer in Rui Hachimura, Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn. Herro turned in the best game by a healthy margin with 22 points, but Hachimura proved he's at a similar level as those two standouts. 

The ninth overall pick turned in another solid line with 14 points, six rebounds and a loud dunk

Hachimura seemed to hit a wall two weeks ago but is now back to showing key improvements in every game. 

The Wizards have to be thrilled with what they've seen so far out of the rookie and it's exciting to think about his upside on both ends of the floor running alongside Beal and John Wall. 

No answers for Bam Adebayo

Bam Adebayo may be one of the most versatile centers in NBA history. 

He has unreal foot speed and instincts on defense that allows him to guard just about everyone on the floor, and his ball-handling on offense is unprecedented for such a young big man. 

On Friday, the Wizards' shaky paint defense had next to no answers for Adebayo, who ended up with 24 points and 13 rebounds on 10-16 shooting. 

The good news for the Wizards is there aren't many players like Adebayo in the league today, but at some point, they're going to have to figure out how to defend the paint.