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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. 
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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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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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Re-live the best games of Bradley Beal's 25-point scoring streak

Re-live 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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