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Wizards interim president Tommy Sheppard reportedly talked to DeMarcus Cousins in Las Vegas

Wizards interim president Tommy Sheppard reportedly talked to DeMarcus Cousins in Las Vegas

The Wizards have already made their fair share of moves during the free agency period, but could they be in line for more?

It appears that interim president of basketball operations Tommy Sheppard had a minor conversation with free agent center DeMarcus Cousins in Las Vegas, according to The Washington Posts' Candace Buckner.

Now although it may be fun to run with this rumor and restart the "Boogie to D.C." hype, some shared words between the two does not by any means dictate that the Wizards are in on DeMarcus Cousins. In fact, signing the 6-11 big man is still a far-fetched idea for the Wizards due to their current roster construction and cap situation

However, the report is worth examining due to a current situation surrounding Washington. On Tuesday, the Wizards reportedly applied for the Disabled Player Exception for John Wall. Receiving the DPE would potentially allow the team the sign a replacement player for Wall next season. This also means that there's a strong chance the point guard will not be back on the court for a good while, which doesn't come as a major surprise based on Washington's determination to be extra cautious with his rehab.

The DPE would end up granting the Wizards the mid-level exception of $9.258 million. This is where DeMarcus Cousins potentially comes into play.

Last year, Cousins took a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors to give himself a year of rehab and some playing time before he hit the open market once again. The thought was that in 2019, he would once again command a larger contract from teams around the league. Yet, that has proven to not be the case so far.

So, if the market for the center doesn't rapidly change soon, he may be inclined to take another one-year deal to improve his stock for next year's run at free agency. If that deal is anything like what he took to join the Warriors, the Wizards could use the money from the DPE in order to bring Cousins to Washington.

The move would also mean that John Wall would be around his former college teammate and close friend.

It's a complicated scenario, and one small conversation between the two sides doesn't mean Boogie is coming to D.C. But, there is a chance.

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Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Maryland native Quinn Cook tells the behind-the-scenes story of his road to the Lakers

Before he joined the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a blockbuster summer that saw them land Anthony Davis, before he won the NBA Finals as a role player with the Golden State Warriors, and before he averaged double-digit scoring and won the NCAA tournament at Duke, Quinn Cook was a star point guard at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md.

Cook was in town this week for his fourth annual youth basketball camp at First Baptist Church of Glenarden in Landover. NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller sat down with the former Stag, who he’s known since the now-Lakers guard was 14 years old, on the Wizards Talk podcast.

Miller talked with Cook about why he feels connected to kids in the local community and what it was like losing his father as a teenager. One of his closest friends is fellow DeMatha product Victor Oladipo, who helped him get through the loss of his father Ted when he died suddenly in 2008 after going into a coma following a colon procedure.

“My best friend Norman and Victor, their parents took them out of school, and they were with me for two weeks,” Cook said. “At the funeral, [head coach Mike] Jones had the entire DeMatha basketball program…come to the funeral and all sit together [with] their uniforms on.”

Cook also went on to talk about his time at Duke, the viral video in which he convinced some people at the mall he was J Cole and his obsession with winning before going into how he landed in Los Angeles this offseason.

“When Golden State withdrew their qualifying offer, I became unrestricted and had some teams call me and the Lakers thing, it just happened quick,” Cook said. “I had talks with them, AD called me, [LeBron James] called Rob Palinka for me, and Coach K called them, talked to Bron and stuff and we got it done.”

Check out the full podcast below and listen to Miller talk hoops every week on the Wizards Talk podcast.

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Former Wizard Dwight Howard to finalize Grizzlies buyout, reunite with Lakers

Former Wizard Dwight Howard to finalize Grizzlies buyout, reunite with Lakers

The Dwight Howard saga continues, this time turning the clock back to 2013.

The 33-year-old center, who only played nine games for the Wizards a season ago, will be bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies and sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Los Angeles reportedly expressed interest in Howard after center Demarcus Cousins tore his ACL during a workout last week.

Howard was famously traded to the Lakers during the 2012 offseason and spent the 2012-13 season before signing with the Houston Rockets in free agency.

In his lone season for the Purple and Gold, Howard averaged 17.1 points while grabbing 12.4 rebounds. But those numbers took a considerable dip from his final season in Orlando.

The year prior, the dynamic center averaged 20.6 points with 14.5 boards per game. While he dealt with injury, the Lakers significantly underperformed during Howard's lone season in Hollywood. It took miraculous play from Kobe Bryant to will the Lakers into playoff position before the future Hall of Famer ruptured his Achilles that April. The Lakers were swept in the first round of the playoffs.

But Howard won't be asked to be a superstar during his reunion in Los Angeles. The Lakers, of course, traded for Anthony Davis this offseason, pairing one of the best big men in the NBA with LeBron James. 

In Howard's last full season, which was in 2017, he averaged 16.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets in 30 minutes. If the eight-time All-Star can come even near that production, the Lakers should be thrilled with their late summer signing.

Maybe this go-round will be when Howard wins a title with the Lakers?

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