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Wizards hold solid odds as they enter 2019 NBA Draft lottery

Wizards hold solid odds as they enter 2019 NBA Draft lottery

The Washington Wizards will hope for some luck on Tuesday night as they return to the draft lottery for the first time in six years. They can pick anywhere between one through four and six through 10. 

Here is what you need to know...

When: Tue. May 14 at 8:30 p.m.

Where: Chicago, Ill.


Stream: Stream "Wizards On the Clock" beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Washington and the MyTeams App from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m for a broad range of live Wizards coverage from experts at various sites including Chris Miles, Wes Hall, Jimmy Patsos, Nick Ashooh, and Ben Standig.    

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Wizards draft lottery odds:

1st - 9.0%

2nd - 9.2%

3rd - 9.4%

4th - 9.6%

5th - 0.0%

6th - 8.6%

7th - 29.6%

8th - 20.6%

9th - 3.8%

10th - 0.2%

Facts to know:

*Nine is a key number because that is the Wizards' chance to land Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick, but the most important number may be 37.2. That is the percentage chance they move up into the top four. Any jump into the top four would qualify as a win for Washington.

*The Wizards haven't been in the draft lottery since 2013 when they landed the third overall pick and took Otto Porter Jr. from Georgetown.

*The Wizards won the lottery nine years ago, in 2010, and took John Wall first overall from Kentucky. They also won the lottery nine years before that, in 2001, when they drafted Kwame Brown out of high school. 

*The Wizards had a 10.3 percent chance to get No. 1 in 2010. They had only 4.8 percent odds for the No. 3 pick in 2013 when they got Porter.

*Washington will be represented by Monumental Sports executive Raul Fernandez. Interim president Tommy Sheppard will be in attendance as well as head coach Scott Brooks.

Full lottery odds for No. 1 pick:

1. Knicks - 14%

2. Cavs - 14%

3. Suns - 14%

4. Bulls - 12.5%

5. Hawks - 10.5%

6. Wizards - 9.0%

7. Pelicans - 6.0%

8. Grizzlies - 6.0%

9. Mavericks - 6.0%

10. Timberwolves - 3.0%

11. Lakers - 2.0%

12. Hornets - 1.0%

13. Heat - 1.0%

14. Kings - 1.0%

Top prospects:

1. Zion Williamson, Duke, PF

2. Ja Morant, Murray State, PG

3. R.J. Barrett, Duke, SF

4. De'Andre Hunter, Virginia, SF

5. Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech, SG

What to root for:

There are essentially three scenarios for the Wizards on Tuesday night. The No. 1 pick is its own category because Williamson is the clear-cut prize of this draft. Landing the top selection would be a major moment in franchise history.

The second scenario is landing either the second, third or fourth pick. That would still be a boon for the franchise, as they would draft someone who could change their future significantly and contribute right away.

The third scenario is landing somewhere between six and 10. If that happens, the Wizards could still find a very good player, but they should probably consider trading back to acquire more picks. They only have one selection this June and don't own a second round pick until 2023.

Basically, the Wizards are in good shape entering Tuesday night, but anything in the top four is reason to celebrate.


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Now that the Lakers got Anthony Davis, could the Knicks and others turn to Bradley Beal?

Now that the Lakers got Anthony Davis, could the Knicks and others turn to Bradley Beal?

With all but one of the brick-and-mortar movie stores closed down, there are really only two instances that you hear the word 'blockbuster' these days: when describing Marvel movies and for the type of trade we saw this weekend between the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Anthony Davis deal is a blockbuster trade in every sense. It is big in the number of pieces involved and because Davis is one of the best players on the planet.

It is important because it could immediately vault the Lakers into title contention. And it provides a new superteam for the league to revolve around and for people to loathe with the Golden State Warriors currently licking their wounds.

But it is also the type of deal that will have major consequences around the league, one that will affect far more than just the teams at the top. It will force a collection of other teams to redraw their blueprints.

The obvious ones are the Knicks and Celtics, the two teams most closely linked to Davis in trade rumors. Now, it is New York that has more urgency, if not desperation, to strike in free agency. Boston to regroup and will probably need to ponder other trades if they want to reassert themselves in the Eastern Conference.

The Davis trade would be a major deal no matter the year, but it is fascinating to evaluate in the context of Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson's injuries. The league went from being very predictable to a wide open pasture of possibilities.

Now, the Warriors are good still but are also a beatable team. A window of NBA parity is cracking open and surely the Lakers won't be the only team to pounce.

Houston, Philadelphia and Oklahoma City are always aggressive and will clearly be thinking big. Portland and Denver could see this as the year to go all-in.

Not all teams looking to make a splash will have money to spend in free agency. That points to an aggressive trade market this summer, but there is arguably one big problem. After Davis, it doesn't seem likely many other stars will be available.

Teams seeking stars via trade have enjoyed plenty of options in recent years between Davis, Kawhi Leonard, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Paul George and Jimmy Butler. The formula is generally fairly simple: an All-Star player on an underachieving team with the end of his contract in sight. Recently, the supply has met the demand.

But currently, few fit that description. There are some like Mike Conley Jr. of the Grizzlies, and Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside of the Heat. But none of those players are All-Stars in their prime.

All of that makes it easy to connect the dots to the Wizards and Bradley Beal. They are in an interesting spot, needing to decide whether to retool for playoff contention or take the long view and undergo some degree of a rebuild.

Beal, as their best player, is the catalyst. There are logical reasons to keep him or to trade him. He is one of the best players in franchise history, is only 25 and he's on a team-friendly contract in the era of the supermax. But the Wizards are going to have a tough time improving their roster with John Wall's Achilles injury and contract, which starts at 35 percent of the salary cap. 

The Wizards have held a stance of not wanting to trade Beal and still do. They also likely wouldn't make such an important decision without a long-term team president in place.

But that won't stop teams from calling and there is already speculation around the league about whether Beal will be dealt. One front office executive told NBC Sports Washington that Beal could be the top prize in the trade market if made available now that Davis is gone. 

For a lot of these situations, trades are more likely when a player is entering his walk year. Beal is signed through the 2020-21 season and, even if he grows unhappy, will say the right things.

He won't create necessary drama. And, if you take him at his word in a February interview with NBC Sports Washington, he wouldn't request a trade himself.

Also, there is a reason to believe keeping Beal wouldn't hurt their ability to rebuild through the draft. With the new lottery system, bottoming out doesn't offer the guarantees that it used to. And even with Beal playing all 82 games last season, the Wizards still lost 50 of them and finished with the sixth-best odds.

Just like some have argued the Wizards have reasons to trade Beal, they also have reasons not to. But that won't stop other teams from picking up the phone.




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Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little. 

White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside. 

Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.

Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9.