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Wizards' history at the NBA trade deadline since 2000: More bad than good

Wizards' history at the NBA trade deadline since 2000: More bad than good

The Washington Wizards have been active participants just about every year at the trade deadline, at least in the last decade. After not making a deadline deal from 2001 to 2010, they have executed at least one in each of the last 10 years. Some have been minor, some have been franchise-altering trades.

This year's deadline is Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. ET. It will be the first for general manager Tommy Sheppard.

Here is a look at their recent trades going all the way back to 2000. The first deal was made by Michael Jordan when he was in the front office. The rest were executed by current team president Ernie Grunfeld. The trade information is from Basketball-Reference.com:

February 7, 2019: Traded Markieff Morris, cash and a 2023 second-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson

Analysis: This was a salary-dump deal as the Wizards were aiming to get under the luxury tax. So, in that sense it worked out for them. But in terms of basketball value, it was a bad deal in that they had to bite the bullet and sell low on a player who when healthy would have gotten them more. Morris was dealing with a stubborn neck injury and because of that had little appeal on the trade market.

February 6, 2019: Traded Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round draft pick

Analysis: Though the Wizards also sold low on Porter, they technically did get some value for him in two players worthy of rotation minutes on a lot of teams. But by not keeping either Parker or Portis in free agency, this trade went down in the books as a disaster. Somehow the Wizards turned Porter, a third overall pick who played his way into a max contract, into what amounted to a second-round pick. That is not good business, but the Wizards were trying to hit the reset button and get out of salary cap hell and this helped them do that.

February 8, 2018: Traded Sheldon Mac and cash to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick.

Analysis: This was such a minor deal it doesn't require much evaluation. The Wizards saved some money and cleared a roster spot that was being taken up by a player recovering from a torn Achilles.

February 17, 2017: Traded a 2017 first-round pick (lottery protected), Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.

Analysis: Bogdanovic gave the Wizards some much-needed bench depth and at times he was a huge help down the stretch of the regular season. In the playoffs, though, he dropped off and wasn't consistent enough to turn their second unit from a weakness into a strength. Bogdanovic was only in Washington for a few months, as he left to sign with the Pacers in free agency. Unfortunately for the Wizards, he has become what should be one of their biggest regrets. He continues to get better and make the decision to let him leave look worse and worse.

February 18, 2016: Traded DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a 2016 first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris. (2016 pick is top-nine protected).

Analysis: Some (myself included) criticized this deal when it went down because the Suns seemed desperate to part with Morris after some off-the-court troubles, and it's never easy to give up a first-round pick. But Morris ended up becoming a solid citizen during his time with the Wizards and even became one of their most important players the following season. Injuries and a lack of athleticism made that peak short-lived, however.

February 19, 2015: Traded Andre Miller to the Sacramento Kings for Ramon Sessions.

Analysis: Miller was good in the short-term, but the Wizards decided to get younger almost exactly a year later. Sessions was a better scorer and ended up spending a full season with them the following year.

February 20, 2014: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Eric Maynor and a 2015 second-round draft pick (Arturas Gudaitis was later selected) to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Washington Wizards traded Jan Vesely to the Denver Nuggets; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Denver Nuggets traded Andre Miller to the Washington Wizards; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded a 2014 second-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards. (2014 pick was protected and not conveyed)

Analysis: This one had a lot going on. Not only did the Wizards part with Jan Vesely, a major bust after being selected sixth overall, they brought in Miller who at 37 still provided an upgrade as a backup point guard. He didn't score much (3.8 ppg), but he ran the offense competently and was a decent distributor (3.5 apg).

February 21, 2013: Traded Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

Analysis: The Wizards felt compelled to trade Crawford and didn't get much in return. Barbosa had recently torn his ACL and ultimately restored his career, but that comeback didn't come in Washington. Barbosa never played a game for the Wizards, but later became a valuable piece for the Warriors and won a title in 2015.

March 15, 2012: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Washington Wizards traded JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets; the Denver Nuggets traded Nene to the Washington Wizards; and the Los Angeles Clippers traded Brian Cook and a 2015 2nd round draft pick (Arturas Gudaitis was later selected) to the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: This was an important trade for the Wizards. They got rid of Young and McGee and brought in Nene, who added a veteran presence to the locker room and helped lead the Wizards to two playoff appearances.

February 23, 2011: Traded Hilton Armstrong and Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round draft pick (Chris Singleton was later selected 18th overall).

Analysis: The trade looked much better when it happened than it does in hindsight. To acquire a first-round pick for what the Wizards gave up was no small feat, it just didn't amount to much in Singleton, who never realized his potential.

February 18, 2010: Traded Dominic McGuire and cash to the Sacramento Kings for a 2010 second-round draft pick. Sacramento did not receive the second-round draft pick because it was top 41 protected.

Analysis: This was a minor trade that saw McGuire leave after a disappointing tenure in Washington. He was a very good defensive player in college, but couldn't make it work in the pros.

February 17, 2010: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Washington Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Emir Preldzic and a 2010 first-round draft pick (Lazar Hayward was later selected 30th) to the Washington Wizards; the Los Angeles Clippers traded Sebastian Telfair to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Los Angeles Clippers traded Al Thornton to the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: In another trade to dismantle the mid-2000s Wizards, they sent Jamison to play with LeBron James in Cleveland. Ilgauskas never played for the Wizards, the first-round pick didn't work out and Thornton was out of the league soon after.

February 22, 2001: Traded Calvin Booth, Obinna Ekezie and Juwan Howard to the Dallas Mavericks for Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis, Christian Laettner, Etan Thomas, Loy Vaught and cash.

Analysis: Howard was still getting it done at the age of 27 with 18 points and seven rebounds a game for the Wizards, but it wasn't translating into wins, so they traded him to Dallas in an eight-player deal. In return, they got some veterans and some intriguing young players like Alexander and Thomas, but the trade didn't ultimately amount to much. The Mavericks later shipped Howard to Denver in a deal for Nick Van Exel and others that helped them reach the conference finals in 2003.

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Rui Hachimura tops the list of top selling jerseys in Japan

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Rui Hachimura tops the list of top selling jerseys in Japan

Today the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that Wizards player Rui Hachimura is the most popular jersey in Japan. Sales from NBAStore.jp, the official online NBA store in Japan, put Hachimura at the top of the list, followed by Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James and Golden State Warrior star Stephen Curry. The rankings were based on online sales during the 2019-2020 NBA season.  

The Los Angeles Lakers topped the list of most popular team merchandise, followed by the Washington Wizards and the Golden State Warriors. 

Not only was Hachimura the top-selling jersey, but he also accounted for 24% of all jersey sales. Additionally, the Washington Wizards made up 13% of all team merchandise sales. 

The top five most popular teams included the Los Angeles Lakers, the Washington Wizards, the Golden State Warriors, the Brooklyn Nets and the Dallas Mavericks. 

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Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Report: Steph Curry will return from hand surgery against Wizards

Steph Curry will return to game action when the Golden State Warriors host the Wizards on Sunday night, The Athletic reported Tuesday. The game will come almost four months to the day after Curry broke his left hand during a collision with Phoenix Suns center Aron Baynes on Oct. 30.

The Warriors (12-14) enter play Tuesday with the worst record in the NBA having played most of the season without Curry or shooting guard Klay Thompson, who tore his ACL during the NBA Finals last summer.

Curry was cleared for contact Saturday and told reporters that March 1 had been his target date for a while.

"It's always been March 1," Curry said, per ESPN's Nick Friedell. "But that for me mostly is just to give you a target. You have to have something to work towards in the rehab process because that gives you a barometer for each week, what you're building towards."

The Wizards are hoping for the healthy returns of Davis Bertans (sore right knee) and Thomas Bryant (right foot) to the lineup against the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and will presumably go into Sunday’s contest with a clean injury report outside John Wall.

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