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By the numbers: the Washington Wizards' 2018-19 regular season schedule

By the numbers: the Washington Wizards' 2018-19 regular season schedule

The NBA released the full, 82-game regular season schedule on Friday for the Washington Wizards. Here is a breakdown of their schedule by the numbers...

15

That's how many back-to-backs the Wizards will play this season, a few ticks up from the league average of 13.3. They have four back-to-backs in the month of March alone and a brutal stretch in late December with three back-to-backs in a span of 12 days from the 18th to the 29th.

The Wizards play the Celtics and Sixers three times apiece this season instead of four. Given those are expected to be the top two teams in the conference, that means several things. For one, they will see the best teams one less time, which is arguably a good thing. Secondly, they can't finish with a 2-2 head-to-head record against either team. That will make tiebreakers for playoff seeding easier and even more important than they usually are.

0

The Wizards do not have any games on Christmas Day, New Year's Eve or New Year's Day, three of the biggest holidays during the NBA season. Per tradition, they do play on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. They will host the Detroit Pistons at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

45,528 

The Wizards will travel over 45,000 miles this season as they hop from city to city and make a stop in London for their game against the New York Knicks on Jan. 17. The circumference of planet Earth is 24,901 miles, meaning the Wizards will travel nearly twice the miles it would take to go around the world.

40

Because that game in London against the Knicks is a home game for the Wizards, they only have 40 games set for Capital One Arena. That means they will have one less game at their home arena than everyone else in the NBA. 

16

That 'home' game in London is part of the longest 'homestand' for the Wizards this season. They begin on Jan. 9 against the Sixers and finish with the Warriors on Jan. 24, a span of 16 days. They will also see the Bucks, Raptors and Pistons during that stretch. The Knicks are likely to be bad, but that is an otherwise difficult run of top teams.

9

The Wizards' longest road trip will last nine days, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 30. It starts with the third game of the season as the Wizards go to Portland to see the Blazers. They then play at the Warriors, Kings, Clippers and Grizzlies. Some of those teams may not be good this season, but any West Coast trip will be taxing on the body and mind for players.

21

John Wall and the Wizards will have 21 games against All-Star point guards. They will see every team, of course, but that includes four times against Kyle Lowry, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker. 

The Wizards have eight national TV games this season, five on ESPN and three on TNT. They begin with the Thunder at home on Nov. 2 and end with the Celtics, also at home, on April 9. That's the final game of the regular season. The Wizards will also see the Warriors, Bucks, Pacers, Heat and Celtics one more time on national TV. Their eight games are way down from the 18 they had last year and that might work out well for them. Wall and the Wizards seem to operate well when they feel like they are being overlooked. Plus, more games on NBC Sports Washington is always a good thing.

Keely Diven contributed to this report

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Frustration reportedly boils over in recent incidents at Wizards practice

Frustration reportedly boils over in recent incidents at Wizards practice

Following a report by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Monday morning about the possibility that every member of the Wizards' roster, including stars John Wall and Bradley Beal, could be available in a potential trade with the right suitor, more followed Monday -- this time about frustration boiling over in practice.

Prior to the publication of Monday afternoon's reports, Bradley Beal addressed the day's earlier reports when speaking with the media.

“I mean, I’m not going to be naïve to it, you know,” Beal said. “I have a phone just like everybody else does. There were rumors weeks ago. Then, I didn’t buy into them. Now, I’m still not going to buy into them because if that’s my main priority and focus then I’m going to be messed up on the floor.”

As reports continued to swirl Monday, forward Kelly Oubre appeared to allude to the situation on Twitter.

A spokesperson for the Wizards declined to comment on the reports.

The Wizards return to the court to face the Clippers on Tuesday at Capital One Arena.

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John Wall and Bradley Beal trade rumors show Wizards are exploring all options

John Wall and Bradley Beal trade rumors show Wizards are exploring all options

The mounting losses and the hapless nature of those defeats has the 5-11 Washington Wizards entering new territory, a place the franchise has not been in years. The team's steadfast plan of building around John Wall, Bradley Beal and Otto Porter Jr. may be nearing its end. 

The time has come to at least consider something drastic.

That means, at least according to ESPN, essentially everyone on the Wizards’ roster is available in trades. That includes both Wall and Beal, two All-Stars who are just 28 and 25, respectively.

This would be a departure from their recent stance of withholding Beal, in particular, in talks for available stars like Jimmy Butler. But sensing the current roster may have run its course, the Wizards are exploring their options.

There is added urgency in the money they have committed. The Wizards have the sixth-highest payroll in the NBA and are due to pay about $12.4 million in luxury tax, according to Spotrac.com.

The Wizards’ thoughts of trading either Wall or Beal are very preliminary, according to a person familiar with the situation. This being out there simply lets other teams know they will listen.

Despite the whirlwind of reports, any major deal would likely take a long time to orchestrate. The Wizards would likely take months to lay the groundwork, even if matters get worse on the court. 

When you have two players as good as Wall or Beal, a good return needs to be guaranteed in a trade. Plus, both players have demonstrated over the years they can put on a good face through times of turmoil.

It’s also worth pointing out that this does not mean a rebuild is imminent. They aren’t close to being there yet. 

With two All-Stars in their 20s, the Wizards would first try to retool around them. And if they do trade one, that doesn’t mean they are also trading the other. Reactionary moves are not in the Wizards' nature.

As ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski notes, the Wizards would prefer to first trade others on the roster, but so far have not received enticing offers for Porter, Kelly Oubre Jr., Markieff Morris and the like. The ideal option would be to trade one of them and give the new-look roster time to adjust before next steps are taken. They have forward depth and could replace any of those three in the short-term.

Porter, though, has a sizable contract. He’s owed about $81 million over the next three seasons. Though he’s only 25 and one of the game’s best three-point shooters, that is a lot of money to take on for a player who has yet to make an All-Star team.

Morris, meanwhile, is struggling this season. Oubre is having a solid year, but is due to hit free agency after this season and won’t be cheap to re-sign.

Beal is by far the Wizards’ most attractive trade asset, given he’s a young All-Star and due $81 million the next three seasons, a relatively modest price given his ability and today’s market.

Wall, on the other hand, has a supermax extension worth $169 million that doesn’t kick in until next year. He is set to become one of the highest-paid players in the NBA and will be owed $40 million-plus per season into his 30s.

That doesn’t mean Wall couldn’t be traded, if the Wizards choose that route. Several teams in particular stand out as logical fits. There are the Lakers, who will need to give LeBron James some better teammates at some point to compete for his fourth championship ring.

Wall has the same agent as James and would add a second All-Star to the Lakers’ rebuild. If they pulled in a third star, like Kawhi Leonard or Anthony Davis, they would be in business.

Two other teams that make sense, if the Wizards decide to trade Wall, would be the Phoenix Suns and the Orlando Magic. Both have stacked top draft picks in recent years, but are in desperate need of a point guard.

Beal could conceivably field offers from half the league. An All-Star at his age and at his price is something most teams could use. He has zero character concerns and his game is compatible with anyone. He hits threes, is effective off-the-ball and plays defense.

The biggest question through all of this is how the Wizards’ front office would factor in. If they want to make wholesale changes, owner Ted Leonsis has to first determine who will be making those decisions. If shuffling the front office is at all an option he’s considering, that has to be weighed in the timing of any major moves.

The Wizards are a ways away from pulling the trigger on a major trade, but the seeds are being planted in case their situation gets even worse.

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