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Nets are reportedly interested in Bradley Beal, but prying him from Wizards won't be easy

Nets are reportedly interested in Bradley Beal, but prying him from Wizards won't be easy

Here we go again. 

The Brooklyn Nets have "internally discussed avenues of acquiring Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal," according to a report Thursday by the New York Daily News' Stefan Bondy. This is just the latest in a line of Beal trade rumors over the last year or so.

Beal, who's currently having the best statistical season of his career, averaging  30.5 points and 6.1 assists on 46% shooting, would make a perfect third star for a Nets team that already has Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. Heck, he'd make a perfect star for any team in the NBA. 

However, there are a few large hurdles Brooklyn would have to overcome in order to get said deal done. 

Number one, the Wizards have shown no interest in trading Beal to anybody. Period. Team owner Ted Leonsis and general manager Tommy Sheppard have stood firm on their plans to retain Beal, as well as Davis Bertans, in order to run things back next season with a healthy five-time All-Star point guard, John Wall (remember the highly anticipated trade deadline?).

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Number two, Beal's commitment to making things work in the nation's capital has been well documented -- this season even more than in previous years. 

"For me, I look at Kobe, I look at D-Wade [Dwyane Wade], I look at Dirk [Nowitzki], U.D. [Udonis Haslem], how they can stay in one situation for a long time," Beal told ESPN's Marc Spears in an interview back in March.

"If I can control it, I will finish in D.C."

Lastly, does Brooklyn have the assets to force Washington's hand, amongst all the other cards stacked against them in this situation? 

"The Nets will have to match salaries for any trade, with Beal earning roughly $29 million next season," Bondy said. "Assuming Durant and Irving are off-limits, the Nets’ best assets are Spencer Dinwiddie ($11.5 million), Caris LeVert ($16.2 million), and Jarrett Allen ($3.9 million)."

Is this nothing? No. It's absolutely believable that an organization immersed in their championship window "internally discussed" trading for one of the best shooting guards in the NBA who's on a struggling team.

Is it likely? I doubt it.

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Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Report: Pacers' Victor Oladipo opts out of NBA restart in Orlando

Victor Oladipo has opted out of playing in the NBA's restart in Orlando, marking the biggest star yet who was expected to play backing out.

The news, which was first reported by the Athletic, is a health precaution as he aims to get 100 percent healthy for next season. He had played only 13 games this season after missing a full year due to a torn quadriceps tendon.

Oladipo, 28, is a two-time All-Star. His absence leaves the Indiana Pacers, the fifth-seed in the Eastern Conference, without their best player.

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The Wizards happen to play the Pacers as part of their new eight-game schedule to close out the regular season. Now they won't see Oladipo, who they had yet to face this season. 

Given Oladipo's recent injury history, it is not all that surprising he would make this move. But it also could open the door for other players of his stature to decide similarly.

Oladipo is a star in the league, but not on a team expected to compete for the title. Will others in a similar boat decide not to go? Wizards guard Bradley Beal, for one, is still mulling his own decision on whether to play.

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Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Rui Hachimura 'sad' Olympics were delayed, hopes to still play in Tokyo next year

Though he understands the reasons why, Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura can't help but be disappointed in the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, which were set to take place in Tokyo, Japan later this month.

Hachimura figured to play a prominent role for the host country, as one of Japan's most famous athletes and the best player on their basketball team. The plan is to play the games in 2021, still in Tokyo, and Hachimura hopes that remains the case despite continued uncertainty for all sporting events amid the coronavirus outbreak.

"I'm honestly so sad about it. We can't do anything about it," he said on Friday. "Of course, I would like to play in the Olympics. Next year, we'll see how things go."

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Hachimura had participated in some lead-up press events for the 2020 Olympics representing his country in the months before coronavirus hit. But, really, he had been looking forward to the 2020 Olympics for many years.

Hachimura has already made history as the first Japanese-born player to get selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. The Olympics this year were supposed to be another major step forward for the sport of basketball in Japan.

"Japan Olympics was one of my dreams to do. It was big to me. Ever since I started in basketball, they talked about the Olympics in 2020. Then, this happened," he said.

Hachimura should be able to still participate next year as long as the schedule works out. As of now, the NBA is aiming to begin the 2020-21 season in December. That would put them on track to end in time for Hachimura and other players to play in Tokyo.

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