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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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Which NBA players are sitting out NBA restart at Disney World?

Which NBA players are sitting out NBA restart at Disney World?

Between concerns over the rising number of coronavirus cases in Florida, upcoming free agency, inherent injury risks with playing after a four-month layoff and the issues Kyrie Irving has raised regarding the Black Lives Matter movement, it's understandable that some players may opt to sit out the unprecedented restart at Disney World. 

Players have until June 24 to notify their team that they aren't playing and we've already seen a few players opting to sit out. Here's a running list of NBA players who are reportedly not planning to play in Orlando later this summer.

DeAndre Jordan, Brookly Nets: Jordan announced himself that he tested positive for COVID-19 and because of it will be foregoing the restart in Orlando. 

Wilson Chandler, Brooklyn Nets: Siting the health and well-being of his family, Chandler informed the Nets he would not be participating in the season's restart, according to ESPN's Malika Andrews

Willie Cauley-Stein, Dallas Mavericks: According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, the Mavs' center is expecting the birth of his child in July, so he will not be going to Orlando.

Avery Bradley, Los Angeles Lakers: Bradley elected not to play in Orlando due to his six-year-old son's past struggles with respiratory illnesses. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, it was unlikely Bradley would've been medically cleared to enter the bubble with his family.  

DeMarcus Cousins, FA: Despite interest from multiple teams, Cousins reportedly plans to sit out the restart to continue his rehab from a torn ACL.

Trevor Ariza, Portland Trail Blazers: Ariza is reportedly involved in a custody case for his 12-year-old son. He decided not to participate in the NBA restart in order to be with his son during a one-month visitation period that coincided with the season schedule.

Davis Bertans, Washington Wizards: Bertans opted not to play in Florida to prevent injury before he hits free agency. Bertans is in line for a big contract and has torn his ACL twice in the past. 

John Wall, Washington Wizards: Some hoped the season's delay would mean Wall could return to the floor for a playoff run alongside Bradley Beal. Even though Wall has said he's 110% healthy, he remains focused on returning next season. 

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets: Similar to Wall, Durant was expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury and will not return despite being afforded extra time to recover. 

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets: Irving has stated he's against playing in Orlando amid the Black Lives Matter protests following the death of George Floyd, but he's also still recovering from a shoulder injury and is not expected to play. 

Bojan Bogdanovic, Utah Jazz: Bogdanovic underwent season-ending wrist surgery in May and will not play in Orlando, according to ESPN

LaMarcus Aldridge, San Antonio Spurs: Aldridge will miss out on the season restart as well thanks to season-ending shoulder surgery, per ESPN.

Kelly Oubre Jr., Phoenix Suns: Oubre suffered a meniscus injury in March and underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his right knee.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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Bradley Beal believes NBA restart could help, not distract from social justice reform

Bradley Beal believes NBA restart could help, not distract from social justice reform

Though he is undecided on whether to play in Orlando, Wizards star Bradley Beal does not believe the NBA's restart will be a distraction from the nationwide movement for social justice reform. 

Beal, whose own decision is more about his health, can see both sides, including that of Kyrie Irving and Dwight Howard who have suggested NBA players should sit out to raise awareness for racial injustice. But Beal views it differently, knowing the potential the players have to continue the conversation when the spotlight is on them.

"I feel like we stopped playing basketball because of COVID. We didn't stop playing because of social justice, and I feel like we can still raise that awareness. We can still bring attention to what's going on in the world by using our platform by utilizing the names on the back of the jerseys and doing it until people get pissed off and get tired of seeing it. That's the message in which I think we're trying to push because that's the only real change that we're gonna be able to generate," he said. 

"We have to utilize our platform as athletes to speak out for those who are unheard, to be vocal, to show face, to be involved. I think we're able to do both, but I get it from both sides of those who think it's a distraction. I don't think it is. But I can see how it's portrayed that way during this time."


Beal noted how his own financial situation and established platform put him in a different spot than other players who haven't achieved those things. He can forego the prorated salary if he doesn't play and still be well off. And as a two-time All-Star, he already has a name for himself and the ability to use that platform for change.

Other, less-accomplished players, however, can't yet say the same. 

"I get it from the standpoint from a guy who doesn't make a lot of money who may need this. I get it from the guys who want to utilize this money to give back to their communities [and help their families]. I [also] look at it from the standpoint of the guys who just want to focus on straight social justice," Beal said.


Beal also said he "fully" understands the decision made by Mystics guard Natasha Cloud to sit out. Cloud and Beal are friends and have worked together to write statements and organize events between their teams for social justice awareness. The Wizards and Mystics marched together on Juneteenth last month and before they started walking, Beal and Cloud addressed the crowd.

Cloud has opted out of the 2020 WNBA season due to focus on social justice reform.

"It's a tough time we're in," he said.

Beal indicated that whether he plays or not, he will be active in helping his fellow NBA players and the league continue to get the message out. He mentioned both Washington, D.C. and his hometown of St. Louis, MO, with plans to interact with local officials and lawmakers to express his beliefs on the matter.

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