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Wizards answer their point guard question by signing Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal

Wizards answer their point guard question by signing Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal

In search for more depth at the point guard position, the Wizards have reportedly reached a one-year deal with guard Isaiah Thomas, NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller has confirmed. The deal is worth the veteran's minimum, according to The Washington Post's Candace Buckner.

The signing was first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. 

Mutual interest between the two sides first gained some steam early Monday morning when reports surfaced that Washington had some interest in adding Thomas. 

Thomas first entered the league with the Sacramento Kings after being selected as the last pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. After being traded from Phoenix to Boston midway through the 2014-15 NBA season, the 5-foot-9 guard began to take the league by storm. 

During his two full seasons as a member of the Celtics, Thomas made the All-Star Game both times. He averaged over 28 points per game during the 2016-17 season, which earned him All-NBA honors. 

That season also saw Thomas put together a few memorable moments against the Washington Wizards. In the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Thomas played an instrumental role in helping Boston edge out Washington in seven games. He scored 53 points in a Game 2 victory and added another 29 points in Game 7.

Following his success there, a nagging hip injury hindered Thomas' ability to continue his strong play. Part of the deal that brought Kyrie Irving to Boston, Thomas has since bounced around from Cleveland to Los Angeles to Denver. In 2018, he only appeared in 12 games for the Nuggets.

However, if Thomas can get back to full health, he'll be a valuable addition to a Wizards roster that needs depth at guard as John Wall continues to rehab.

It looks like his new teammate Bradley Beal is already happy about the deal, as he took to Twitter shortly after the signing was announced.

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Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

Rui Hachmiura takes water break, uses real waterboy in NBA 2K20 Player Tournament victory

He may have not been on an actual basketball court, but Rui Hachimura must have still broken a sweat during his NBA 2K matchup with Donovan Mitchell on Sunday.

He needed a real-life water break - and even had some help from a waterboy.

Hachimura, the 13 seed, took on four-seed Mitchell in the NBA 2K20 Player Tournament, and came out with a 74-71 victory. 

The winner of the tournament receives $100,000 to go to a charity in support of coronavirus relief efforts.

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Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

Wizards continue win streak, beat Pacers in 2K simulation

The Wizards picked up their sixth-straight win in eight games in Sunday night’s NBA 2K simulation, beating the Indiana Pacers 67-51 on the road.  

Bradley Beal wasted no time getting things started, knocking down an early three to put the Wizards on the board.   

Later in the second, Beal proved just how difficult he is to guard. With an assist from Davis Bertans, Beal finished with a huge slam to lift the Wizards over the Pacers 30-28, closing out the half.

Beal finished the game with 23 points in 21 minutes. 

Here’s how the Wizards won: 

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Rui Hachimura shows off

The rookie set the tone with a big alley-oop dunk in the first quarter, extending Washington’s lead by seven. He had 12 points at the end of the first half with 10 in the paint. 

Hachimura came back fueled up in the third, knocking the ball loose from T.J. Warren with a steal and dunk. 

 

Hachimura finished with 20 points, four rebounds and three steals. 

Game of runs 

Washington took advantage of a set pace to take an early lead over Indiana. The Wizards started the game with both a 7-0 and 13-2 run in the first quarter. 

The Pacers used their defense to answer in the second, taking the lead on a 22-6 run before the Wizards followed with a 16-6 run to end the quarter 35-30 at the half.

It got pretty close early in the third when Indiana went on a 9-4 run to cut the lead to 39-38 but the Wizards were able to fully reload going on a 13-2 run.

The Wizards would go on to continue the run to 29-9 later in the fourth to extend the lead to 19 with 35 seconds left.  

Washington had 11 offensive rebounds, nine steals (eight of which came in the second half alone) and 21 assists on 27 made field goals. 

Big man in the paint

Thomas Bryant controlled the boards with 15 rebounds.

The 2K Wizards look to continue their winning streak as they return home to virtually host the Toronto Raptors, the reigning NBA champions on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. 

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