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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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'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

'Sincere interest': Latest on Pelicans exploring trade for Wizards All-Star Bradley Beal

While the Washington Wizards struggled defensively last season, the organization is holding firm when it comes to rebuffing offers for Bradley Beal.

The New Orleans Pelicans showed sincere interest in the two-time All-Star before Saturday’s blockbuster that sent Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. That curiosity remains and the two sides broadly discussed a trade scenario involving Beal, multiple sources told NBC Sports Washington.

The Pelicans are open to dealing the newly acquired fourth overall selection in Thursday’s NBA Draft according to numerous reports. New Orleans also landed three young players from Los Angeles -- Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart -- plus additional future picks and pick swaps.

Whatever the initial parameters, the conversation never veered close to actual negotiations, according to a source.

The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington likely struggles next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contracts.

This one rejection does not mean Washington has completely shut the door on future talks with teams. However, the sense from league sources is the team plans on keeping Beal despite ample interest from contenders.

Beal, who turns 26 this month, just completed a near All-NBA season in which he and MVP candidate James Harden were the only players to average 25 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.5 steals per game. The ascending talent is the lone healthy starter on the roster with Wall sidelined until 2020 with a torn Achilles.


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Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities


Why Scott Brooks is amazed by John Wall's, Bradley Beal's scouting abilities

When John Wall's and Bradley Beal's playing days are over -- whenever that may be -- they both might be well-suited for front office jobs. To a certain extent, they're already acting as high-level scouts, according to Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks. 

The Wizards' stars -- who Beal previously said make up the NBA's best backcourt -- aren't just scouting their opponents around the league. Players of all different levels and around the globe are on their radar, which prompted Brooks to ask the obvious question about the two relatively new dads:

"When do they have time?"

Brooks sat down with NBC Sports Washington Wizards Insider Chris Miller on Monday and explained how closely Wall and Beal follow basketball players everywhere.

"The thing I love about John and Brad -- they love the game," Brooks said. "You can call them up. It could be high school players, it could be WNBA players, it could be college players, it could be European players -- they know them. It's like, don't you guys have a life? They know them."

Beal attended the Wizards' pre-draft workout on Monday, while Wall went to at least one similar workout in the past. 

Brooks specifically highlighted Beal's ability as a scout and speculated about his potential success in the future, should the guard pursue that avenue when he's done playing.

"Bradley can do it all," Brooks said. "He's not only a great player. He's gonna be a great coach and a great general manager."