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Wizards sign Jordan McRae, Tarik Phillip for 2019-20 season

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Wizards sign Jordan McRae, Tarik Phillip for 2019-20 season

Expect to see Jordan McRae in these parts again next season with one notable difference.

The Wizards signed the swingman to a non-guaranteed contract for the 2019-20 season, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Washington.

Washington also signed G-League guard Tarik Phillip, a source confirmed.

McRae, 28, spent the current campaign bouncing between the Wizards and the Go-Go, Washington’s G-League affiliate. The 6-foot-5 guard dazzled with the Go-Go, finishing as the G-League’s leading scorer at 30.4 points per game with a single-game high of 54 points. McRae received All-NBA G-League First team honors.

His opportunities varied with the parent club, but the offensive-minded McRae averaged 5.9 points and 12 minutes in 27 games with the Wizards. He scored a season-high 21 points in Washington’s win at Phoenix on Mar. 27 and dropped 20 against Atlanta in February.

Playing time, just like his contract, won’t be guaranteed next season, but the potential for more minutes exists. Washington only had four players under contract for next season entering Tuesday's final game of the regular season. Of those four, only guards Bradley Beal and Troy Brown Jr. are likely rotation pieces at the start of next season.

John Wall’s Achilles injury should keep the All-Star off the court for the majority of next season. Center Ian Mahinmi fell out of the playing rotation over the second half of the current season.

McRae, a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2016-17 NBA champions, sat out last season with a shoulder injury. Known for his offensive game, he then led the G-League in 40-point (six) and 30-point (19).

“It was the first time in my life being injured," McRae said in January. Being out for a whole year, it was tough for me,” McRae said. “Being with these guys every day, going back and forth with the Wizards, it’s tiring, but its fun. It’s my job.”  

Phillip, a 6-foot-3 guard, averaged 13.8 points in 34 games for the Memphis Hustle. The Brooklyn native spent the 2017-18 playing overseas following a three-year college career with West Virginia. The contract with Washington is non-guaranteed, according to The Athletic, which first reported the signing.

The Washington Post initially reported McRae’s signing.

The Wizards (32-49) close the season Tuesday at home against the Celtics.

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Bradley Beal was excellent again but his biggest play vs. Nets was the game-winning pass

Bradley Beal was excellent again but his biggest play vs. Nets was the game-winning pass

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards beat the Brooklyn Nets 110-106 on Wednesday night. Here are five takeaways from what went down:

1. Two streaks ended for the Wizards on Wednesday night, but they have no problem with the end result.

Bradley Beal did not score 50 points after doing so in two straight games, but the Wizards won against the Brooklyn Nets to break a three-game skid coming out of the All-Star break. After dropping 55 against the Bucks on Monday, Beal said he would rather have the win. He got his wish on Wednesday.

Beal still played very well. He had 30 points to go along with five assists, five rebounds and three steals. Seventeen of his points came in the fourth quarter. 

Beal shot 11-for-24 from the field and 4-for-9 from three. That is an excellent game, even if it was a major drop-off from his previous two in the points department.

Beal's best play was a pass to teammate Jerome Robinson with under 10 seconds to go. Though an unproven player, Robinson was wide open and was able to knock down a go-ahead three. Robinson then grabbed a rebound and made two free throws to seal the victory.

The win pushed the Wizards to 21-36 on the season and it also helped them gain some ground in the playoff race, as the Nets are currently the seventh seed.

2. The Wizards made a lineup change for this game, replacing Ish Smith as the starting point guard with Shabazz Napier, who came over weeks ago in a trade deadline deal. 

The Wizards had lost three games, which may have had something to do with it. But head coach Scott Brooks described the move as more related to Smith's success running the second unit. Smith, of course, has spent most of his time on the bench this season, previously backing up Isaiah Thomas.

And when Thomas was in the fold, it was obvious to most that Smith was the better player, even though he wasn't starting. To his credit, Smith seems to have no problem with either role, just as long as he has one.

3. After two so-so games against the Bulls and Bucks, Rui Hachimura was back to his usual scoring ways with 17 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the field. Most of those points came in the midrange and on drives to the rim, the combination which has become his bread-and-butter.

Hachimura, though, didn't score in the fourth quarter. The trend of him starting fast, then slowing down continued.

4. The way Troy Brown Jr.'s minutes were doled out in this game is worth noting. Brown, who is usually one of the first players off the bench as the back-up wing, didn't check in until there was 6:27 left in the second quarter. He ended up playing only 13 minutes, which is more than a few ticks below his 25.5 per game season average.

Even with the roster now nearly healthy, he still usually plays a lot more. This month, for instance, he is averaging 22.2 minutes. 

Even when Brown got in, Brooks was keeping a close eye on him. Late in the first half, right after Brown knocked down a three, Brooks got right out of his seat to yell at Brown about his defensive positioning. It looks like the coach is practicing some tough love for the 20-year-old.

Brown ended up with seven points and three boards.

5. Davis Bertans was back in the lineup after missing the last game with right knee soreness. He played quiet well, too, with 14 points, going 4-for-11 from three-point range.

Thomas Bryant also returned after resting Monday in the second game of a back-to-back due to his recent right foot issues. He had eight points and seven boards.

At this point, it seems like it might be a while before Bryant is fully himself again as he continues to deal with a strict minutes limit.

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WATCH: Wizards' Jerome Robinson hits game-winning three to stun Nets

WATCH: Wizards' Jerome Robinson hits game-winning three to stun Nets

On a night where the Wizards coughed up an 18-point lead and Bradley Beal recorded yet another 30-point performance, second-year guard Jerome Robinson was the hero Wednesday night. 

With all the attention on Beal in the closing seconds, Robinson was left wide open on the left wing with the Wizards down one. 

Despite coming off two straight 50-point games and a couple monster fourth quarters, Beal trusted in his teammate and dished him the ball with the game on the line.

Robinson, who was playing in his seventh game with the Wizards after he was acquired at the trade deadline, did not let Beal down. 

Not only did Robinson hit the big shot, but he secured the rebound on the Nets' final possession and knocked down both free throws to seal it. Clutch. 

It was a much-needed win for the Wizards, who had lost three consecutive games returning from the All-Star break and were at risk of falling too far behind the Magic for the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference. 

Now, they'll go on a crucial west-coast trip to play the Jazz, Warriors, Kings and Trail Blazers that could ultimately decide their postseason fate. 

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