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Wizards receive forward Davis Bertans in three-team trade with Spurs and Nets

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Wizards receive forward Davis Bertans in three-team trade with Spurs and Nets

The Washington Wizards have been looking to improve team shooting from behind the arc, and they did just that by acquiring one of the league's elite three-point shooting forwards in Davis Bertans, NBC Sports Washington has confirmed. 

The trade was a three-team deal in which the Brooklyn Nets received rights to Wizards forward Aaron White, while sending DeMarre Carroll to the San Antonio Spurs, who in turn sent Bertans to Washington.  

Bertans, 26, shot an incredible 43 percent from three-point range last season; that would've led the Wizards' team. He averaged 8 points on 45 percent shooting from the field and snagged 3.5 rebounds per game. 

Washington was able to absorb Bertans' $7 million expiring deal via the Traded Player Exception they received when they sent forward Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Wesley Johnson; Morris was immediately waived by the Pels, then agreed to join the Oklahoma City Thunder for the remainder of the season. 

Standing at 6-10, Bertans could be the starting power forward next season, while simultaneously alleviating pressure from the Wizards' top pick, Rui Hachimura. 

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Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Bradley Beal still feels 'disrespected' by referees

Back in December following a tough loss to the Clippers, Bradley Beal's frustration with the referees boiled over. 

"Honestly, [my frustration] is out the roof," Beal said that night. "It really is. It's really unfair and unacceptable that they allow a lot of stuff to go on with me out there and I do not calls. Period. It's just unacceptable."

Everything for the Wizards' offense this season starts and ends with Beal, and while he's averaging career-best scoring numbers, he remains frustrated at how he doesn't get to the foul line enough. 

In a 134-129 loss to the Heat Wednesday night, Beal went off for 38 points on 16-24 shooting to go with nine rebounds and four assists. He only had four free throw attempts, resulting in another postgame riff about how he and his team aren't officiated the same as others. 

“It’s kind of sad the way we get disrespected," he said. "Especially myself getting disrespected like I do because I attack the basket.”

Among 32 players who average at least 20 points, Beal ranks ninth in free throw attempts per game. The Wizards themselves are 14th in the NBA in free throw attempts per game. 

What had Beal particularly upset was not getting the whistle when he aggressively attacked the basket in the game's final moments.

"You can look at my last three drives and I got fouled on all three of them," he said. 

The NBA doesn't typically tolerate players and coaches openly criticizing referees after games. Beal knows he could be fined for his comments, so it shows just how frustrated the two-time All-Star is with how he's being called this season. 

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

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Former Washington Mystics All-Star Alana Beard retires after 14 seasons

One of the Washington Mystics' first stars is hanging up her shoes.

Alana Beard, who spent the first seven seasons of her professional career with the Mystics after Washington drafted her No. 2 overall in 2004, announced her retirement from the sport on Wednesday.

During her time in Washington, Beard made the All-Star team four times. Her best season with the Mystics was in 2006, where she averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game and won the Defensive Player of the Year award.

After missing nearly two years with multiple injuries, Beard signed with the Los Angeles Sparks during free agency in 2012, and spent the rest of her career out west. She won her first WNBA championship in 2016 with the Sparks, highlighted by her game-winning three-pointer in Game 1 of the Finals.

Congratulations on a great career, Alana!

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