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Report: Wizards apply for disabled-player exception for John Wall, indicating he’ll miss full season

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Last February, the Wizards announced John Wall would miss another 12-plus months after rupturing his Achilles. Wall said he isn’t sure whether he’ll miss next season entirely.

Now, comes another sign he’ll miss the whole season.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic:

Washington would receive the exception only if an NBA-appointed doctor rules Wall is “substantially more likely than not” to be out through June 15. The application doesn’t necessarily mean the Wizards believe that to be the case. It doesn’t hurt to try. But it’s also quite possible they believe he’ll be out so long.

I doubt Wall will play next season. He’s certain to miss a large portion of the year. Washington will likely stink, and it’s tough to see him returning late in a lost-cause season.

But “substantially more likely than not” to be out through June 15 is a much higher bar. That said, the league is often lenient granting disabled-player exceptions.

The Wizards could use one. They’d get a $9,258,000 exception that could used to sign a player to a one-year contract or trade for someone on the final year of his contract.

Presently, the Wizards have limited means of adding talent. They used most of the mid-level exception on Ish Smith. They have Bird Rights on Jabari Parker and Sam Dekker. Otherwise, they’re limited to the rest of the mid-level exception (about $3.4 million) and the $3,623,000 bi-annual exception.

Report: Isaiah Thomas to get his chance in Washington, agrees to one-year contract

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John Wall is sidelined, likely for all of next season, with a torn Achilles.

The point guards on the Wizards roster now are Ish Smith and Isaac Bonga. There are minutes to be had there.

Isaiah Thomas is going to get the chance to take them, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and confirmed by David Aldridge of The Athletic.

That almost certainly is for the veteran minimum.

But what it gives Thomas is a chance — which is all he wants. This was a man fifth in MVP voting just two seasons ago at the end of 2017, he was lined up for a massive payday, but hip surgeries and limited chances (behind Jamal Murray in Denver last season) have limited him to 44 games total over two seasons.

Washington may put the ball in Bradley Beal‘s hands a lot next season, and Smith can create, but that’s about it on the Wizards roster. Thomas used to be a great shot creator, he going to get an opportunity to prove he still is.

Thomas going to be a fan favorite, and a lot of people around the league will be rooting for him. We’ll see if he still has some magic in those shoes.

Report: Wizards signing Ish Smith, signing-and-trading Tomas Satoransky to Bulls

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With John Wall sidelined a long time, the Wizards need a point guard for next season.

It won’t be incumbent backup Tomas Satoransky, who showed nice production and promise in Washington.

Instead, the Wizards will turn to Ish Smith.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Emiliano Carchia of Sportando:

David Aldridge of The Athletic:

I like Satoransky for the Bulls. They drafted Coby White but needed a veteran option. Satoransky deserved a shot to start somewhere, and he can hold that role as White develops. If White becomes ready in the next three years, the 27-year-old Satoransky can slide to the bench. Though he’s better at and prefers to play point guard, Satoransky can also sometimes play the wing with White in the backcourt.

Between Satoransky and Thaddeus Young (three years, $41 million), Chicago has added a couple quality veterans. The Bulls also traded for Otto Porter, another upgrade, during last season. If its young players – Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Chandler Hutchinson – are ready to take the next step, Chicago could compete for the playoffs next year.

Will Washington? Bradley Beal is better than any Bull, but his supporting cast is lacking. Burdened by Wall’s, Ian Mahinmi‘s and Dwight Howard‘s contracts and trying to stay out of the luxury tax, the Wizards are on a tight budget.

Smith is a fine placeholder given the circumstances. He can run the offense provide a good presence in the locker room. Washington needs both.

But there are reasons he came cheaper than Satoransky. Smith became expendable to the Pistons when they got Derrick Rose. Smith, who turns 31 this week, is a speedster with an unreliable jumper. He doesn’t carry untapped upside, but for the stability the Wizards want now, he’s perfectly fine.

Washington also gets a couple picks for Satoransky, whom the Wizards probably weren’t keeping, anyway. That’s part of the leverage a team gets in restricted free agency.

Report: Derrick Rose signing two-year, $15M contract with Pistons

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Derrick Rose is popular, notorious and – for the first time in several years – coming off a productive season.

That’s why the former MVP has gone from nearly falling out of the NBA to securing a fairly lucrative contract from the Pistons.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Rose will likely back up Reggie Jackson at point guard.

After topping out at 33% in any season he played more than 10 games (his 2010-11 MVP season), Rose made 37% of his 3-pointers with the Timberwolves last season. That largely drove Rose’s bounce-back year. Whether he sustains that outside shooting could determine whether this deal is worthwhile for Detroit.

Rose will turn 31 before the season starts. He missed 31 games last season. He’s a minus defender and almost certainly not regaining his athleticism.

After last season, he looks like a solid backup point guard. But there’s plenty of this room to go south.

The Pistons’ previous backup point guard, Ish Smith, is also a free agent. He likely heads elsewhere.

Reports have Derrick Rose destined for Pistons next season

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Before bone chips in his elbow ended his season, Derrick Rose was back. Not all the way to MVP level back, but the Timberwolves reserve point guard averaged 18 points and 4.3 assists per game, shot 37 percent from three, had a career-high true shooting percentage of 55.7 percent, and was an above-average point guard.

Multiple teams would like to talk to him, but Rose has been on the Pistons’ radar for a while, and now it looks like a deal with get done. Frank Isola of The Athletic broke the news.

Rose made the veteran minimum $2.1 million last season, but that is about to go up somewhere close to $6 million or higher.

Rose is a score-first point guard, but the Pistons lacked scoring off the bench last season and Rose changes that dynamic. He plays a similar style to starter (for now) Reggie Jackson, so the offense doesn’t change dramatically when he comes in.

For the money the Pistons have to spend, this is an upgrade over Ish Smith and a good deal.