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John Wall out for Wizards-Hawks Game 2 tonight


John Wall and Bradley Beal both suffered injuries in the Wizards’ Game 1 win over the Hawks, but both were expected to play in Game 2 tonight.

Not happening for Wall.

Chris Miller of CSN:

This is obviously horrible news for the Wizards.

Wall dictates their offense, and they don’t have a reliable replacement, because they surely didn’t bank on needing one. They put a heavy load on Wall and ask him to carry them.

Ramon Sessions will likely moving into the starting lineup, and Garrett Temple and/or Will Bynum will have to fill in behind him. Temple has yet to play this postseason, and Bynum has seen just four minutes.

The offensive loss is larger, but Wall’s absence will be felt defensively, too. Jeff Teague will have a much easier time operating, and his effectiveness trickles down to the rest of the team.

I hope the Wizards are happy with a split in Atlanta, because winning without Wall tonight seems nearly impossible. Then again, the Clippers did surprisingly well without Chris Paul last night.

John Wall to rest Friday night, nice break for Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn Nets could really use a win Friday night — they are currently tied with Boston for the 7/8 seeds in the East, just one game ahead of Indiana and a game-and-a-half over Miami.

The Nets are catching a break Friday night — Washington without John Wall. This will be his second game missed in a row.

Washington could use a win too — they are currently the five seed, just a game back of four seed Toronto and home-court in the first round — but Wall chose to rest himself looking at the big picture, reports J. Michael of CSNWashington.com.

“I’m just resting tonight,” Wall said. “I’m just getting extra shots up and just trying to keep my rhythm and shape doing extra running.

“Just give me time to let my body heal, my ankles heal, my (right) knee heal and see these guys come out with a lot of confidence and build their confidence, build their rhythm these last couple of games.”

Wall has been playing through minor injuries much of the second half of the season. This is about him trying to be healthy and right come the playoffs, which is what he should be doing this time of the season. Whether his coach loves it or not.

The Wizards won the last game without Wall, but that was against the lowly Sixers. Wall being out is a break for the Nets as Wall is the focal point of the Washington offense and without him they can struggle to score. Ramon Sessions will get the start for Wall.

What this means for the Nets is more room for Deron Williams to operate. Although, what has driven the Nets recent run is the play of Brook Lopez, the two-time Eastern Conference player of the week.

Nene went through shootaround for the Wizards and is expected to play. He and Marcin Gortat have their work cut out for them containing Lopez and his versatile offensive game.

Report: Wizards signing Will Bynum

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When the Wizards signed Toure’ Murry, he seemed like a placeholder until Will Bynum got healthy.

Whether or not Bynum has fully recovered from injury, Murry’s own injury has accelerated the process.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Will Bynum, the Wizards’ primary target while he was playing professionally in China, finally will join them and it will happen as early as Friday, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation.

Bynum, a 6-foot guard, had been nursing a hamstring injury. On Sunday, the Wizards (40-32) signed Toure’ Murry to his second 10-day contract but he went down with a left ankle sprain in a loss at the Sacramento Kings.

Bynum is expected to be at Friday’s shootaround and be available. Murry would be released by the team to create space on the roster.

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Ramon Sessions, acquired in a midseason trade for Andre Miller has upgraded Washington’s backup point guard, but Bynum can provide an extra spark.

After spending the last few seasons with the Pistons, Bynum was traded to the Celtics before the season and released, and then he went to China. He likes to run the pick-and-roll, and he can get to the rim. He tends to look for his own points, but he’s also a solid passer. Defensively, he can be tolerable on the ball but dreadful off it. He’s definitely capable of heating up in a hurry, and Washington would best-use him when down big to increase variance.

And the Wizards have been down big too often lately.

They’ve lost four straight and 17 of 26, their list of problems numerous:

Opponents see them as in-fighters, and no matter what Randy Wittman says, Marreese Speights’ words hit close to home.

Wittman invited a wave of controversy when he walked off the court early in a loss to the Pacers, a setback due in part to Wittman’s poor defensive strategy on Indiana’s final possession.

Their offense has become predictable.

Wittman is more concerned about defense, though.

Bradley Beal is dealing with a sprained ankle.

On that last bullet, Washington received good news, at least relative how serious the injury initially looked. Michael:

Beal told CSNwashington.com on Thursday that he’ll make up his mind if he can play after shootaround on Friday morning.

If he can’t play, Bynum might need to step in immediately.

Whether or not he plays, Bynum brings toughness. That’s definitely something this team could use an injection of.

Report: Kings signing John Stockton’s son, David Stockton

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George Karl will begin his Kings tenure with a point guard position in chaos.

Sacramento’s top point guard, Darren Collison, is injured.

Ramon Sessions just got traded for Andre Miller, who played for Karl with the Nuggets. But it’s not clear how quickly Miller will report.

That leaves only Ray McCallum, so Sacramento is calling for reinforcements.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

David Stockton, son of Jazz great John Stockton, had tryouts with Utah and Oklahoma City and spent training camp with the Wizards. An undrafted rookie, he didn’t look like an NBA prospect at Gonzaga. But he has worked his way around the periphery of the league enough to make me believe he could deserve a shot.

The Kings host the Celtics tonight and visit the Clippers tomorrow. Depending how quickly Miller gets to California and cleared to play, Stockton could even join Sacramento’s rotation.

Grades for all of the NBA’s trade deadline deals; Thunder, Pistons, Suns emerge as biggest winners

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The NBA trade deadline was busier than expected, with 11 trades going down in total, and some of them getting completed just under the wire.

Here’s a recap of everything that happened, along with some grades and analysis for all of the teams involved.

Nets trade Kevin Garnett to Timberwolves in exchange for Thaddeus Young

Grades: Nets – A, Timberwolves – C+

Garnett returning home is a nice, feel-good story, and the rebuilding Timberwolves could use one of those. But KG is long past his prime, and has little on-court value for a Timberwolves team that won’t sniff the playoffs this season. They may want to re-sign Garnett to a long-term deal, but he’s likely finished, and could only serve as a mentor to younger players for the final eight weeks or so of the current regular season.

For the Nets, however, this is a nice move. Young is a legitimate two-way player, and has averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in 33.4 minutes per game for Minnesota this season. His contract is not unreasonable for next season at just under $10 million, but he does hold an early termination option. More importantly, Brooklyn needs guys who can contribute NOW, and Young is exactly that.

Suns trade Goran Dragic to Miami Heat

Grades: Suns – A, Heat – A

This deal was the rare win-win, especially when taking into consideration the other moves that Phoenix made as a result. The Suns also dealt Isaiah Thomas to rid themselves of the three point guard issue that caused Dragic to want out in the first place, and acquired a legitimate replacement for Dragic in the form of Brandon Knight, who was a borderline All-Star for the Bucks this season, and will cost Phoenix much less to re-sign in restricted free agency this summer.

On the Miami side, adding Dragic could make a healthy Heat team dangerous, as quickly as this postseason. Plus, the fact that the future first round picks they sent away aren’t until 2017 and 2021 means that the Heat are still good in the immediate future, and as one of the destinations Dragic specified as markets where he’ll re-sign, Miami should have the inside track on retaining his services on a long-term contract for the next few seasons.

Sixers trade Michael Carter-Williams to Bucks, receive Lakers’ protected 2015 first round pick from Suns 

Grades: Sixers C-, Bucks B-

Michael Carter-Williams is the reigning Rookie of the Year, and while his scoring average has dipped in his second season, his assists per game have increased. The problem is his field goal percentage, which has dropped since last year — he’s at just 38 percent for the season, which includes a mark of only 25.6 percent from three-point distance.

Carter-Williams needs to develop, but has shown plenty of signs of being a legitimate point guard in this league. At some point, the Sixers are going to have to stick with the talent they have, and work on the development side to increase those players’ skill sets, and, by proxy, their respective values to the franchise. For whatever reason, the Philly front office wasn’t feeling it with MCW, so they hit the reset button by dealing him for (another) first round pick. But that strategy will only sit well with the fan base for so long.

As for the Bucks, it’s a low-risk, high-reward maneuver that’s difficult to criticize.

Bucks trade Brandon Knight to Suns, net Miles Plumlee and Tyler Ennis

Grades: Bucks – B, Suns – A

This was part of the aforementioned three-team deal with the Sixers, so if you’re including Carter-Williams in Milwaukee’s haul, then it’s not bad at all. Knight will be a restricted free agent this summer, which means that Carter-Williams is a lower-cost replacement for him in Milwaukee, and Knight will end up being a lower-cost replacement for Dragic in Phoenix.

Knight was a borderline All-Star this season, and a backcourt featuring him and Eric Bledsoe should be one that wreaks nothing but devastation on Suns opponents. Plumlee has value in the right role, and so does Ennis — but both are young players who will require development, and were expendable in Phoenix when you look at the other assets in place on that Suns roster.

Suns trade Isaiah Thomas to Celtics, receive Marcus Thornton and a 2016 first round pick

Grades: Suns – B, Celtics – A

The Suns had too many point guards; it was the reason that Goran Dragic essentially forced a trade out of town. Trading two of them this deadline day was the way to go, and netting a scoring two-guard in Thornton and a 2016 pick for Thomas seems to be a wise decision.

The Celtics, meanwhile, were flush with picks, and they get an above average point guard in Thomas who’s on a very reasonable contract (under $20 million total over the next three years) that will save enough cap space to add talent in other areas of need.

Thunder trade Reggie Jackson to Pistons in three-team deal with Jazz

Grades: Thunder – A, Pistons – A, Jazz – C

OKC helped themselves with this deal, in more ways than one. Jackson was disgruntled, and had already turned down a four-year, $48 million contract extension. As a restricted free agent this summer, he was going to seek an offer sheet much larger than that, and wanted to be a starter somewhere else. By sending him out of town, and securing front line offensive help in Enes Kanter as well as a serviceable replacement in the form of D.J. Augustin, the Thunder successfully addressed more than one of their weaknesses. And, ridding themselves of Kendrick Perkins in the deal is simply icing on the cake.

The Pistons, meanwhile, added some much-needed young talent, and should be able to give Jackson the role he is seeking, especially for the remainder of this season with Brandon Jennings sidelined due to injury.

Kanter, too, will be a restricted free agent this summer, and was unhappy in his role in Utah. But it feels like the Jazz could have done a little bit better in terms of getting assets in exchange for what he brings.

Rockets trade for K.J. McDaniels from Sixers, Pablo Prigioni from Knicks

Grades: Rockets B+, Sixers C, Knicks B+

Once again, we have the Sixers hitting the reset button when they already have appeared to land a significant level of talent. McDaniels is a ridiculous defender as well as an athlete, yet Philadelphia gave him away to try their luck again at the NBA roulette table. That’s a nice pickup for the Rockets, and the same could be said for Prigioni, who could provide veteran minutes as a backup point guard for the stretch run of the season. The Knicks netted two second-round picks for the 37-year-old Prigioni, which is a coup in and of itself.

Pelicans acquire Norris Cole from Suns (via Heat) in exchange for John Salmons

Grades: Pelicans – B, Heat/Suns – B

New Orleans needed guard help with Jrue Holiday sidelined due to injury, and with Cole becoming a restricted free agent this summer, the Heat were happy to let him walk. Cole was technically included from Miami in the deal for Goran Dragic, but the Suns had no need for another guard, and in fact, are expected to waive Salmons (who’s more of a wing) when all is said and done.

Blazers acquire Arron Afflalo in trade from Nuggets

Grades: Blazers B+, Nuggets C

The Western Conference is crazy in terms of its competitiveness, and while the Blazers are currently tied with Houston for third, there’s no guarantee that they’ll stay there. Portland had a deficiency in defense and scoring on the wing, so the team went out and got Afflalo in order to help fill that gap. He could also fill in nicely for Nicolas Batum, should Batum continue his sub-par play this season.

The Nuggets, meanwhile, got some pieces in Thomas Robinson (now playing for his fourth team), Will Barton and Victor Claver, but all of those players will require development. Afflalo can play, but this trade may be for now more than it is for the future, because he has a player option for next season that he’s likely to forego in order to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kings acquire Andre Miller from Wizards in exchange for Ramon Sessions

Grades: Wizards B, Kings A-

The Wizards needed an upgrade at the backup point guard position, and with Andre Miller having a reduced role in favor of Garrett Temple, he became expendable. Sessions could be that upgrade, though he was averaging career-lows in points (5.4) and minutes (17.8) in Sacramento this season. He’s guaranteed only one more year at a little over $2 million, though, so it was a low-risk maneuver for the Wizards that was worth taking as they look to improve for the stretch run of the season.

In Sacramento, meanwhile, this is about George Karl having a veteran voice in his new locker room that is on his side. Karl has tons of respect for Miller, and the feeling is mutual, thanks to a relationship that was formed when the two were members of the Nuggets organization. As Karl implements his system, Miller can help be a liaison of sorts to make the transition go that much more smoothly.