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Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Report: 'There isn't a real price that will make Kirk Cousins happy' with Redskins

Following a slew of reports that cast doubt on the Redskins reaching a long-term deal with Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Dianna Russini tweeted Tuesday that the impass is not about money. 

If the report is true, then Washington has run out of good options for retaining Cousins in the long term.

It's possible the team could use a third-straight franchise tag to keep him next season, but the price tag around $34 million would be astronomical for one season.

The transition tag would be worth in the neighborhood of $28 million. 

Russini doesn't elaborate on the reasons behind her report that Cousins wouldn't be happy in Washington regardless of price. But it's important to note that both teams and players have incentive to create leverage in contract negotiations through the media. 

The Redskins have until July 17 to reach a long-term deal with Cousins. 

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Wizards extend qualifying offers to Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic, per report

Wizards extend qualifying offers to Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic, per report

The Wizards have extended qualifying offers to two restricted free agents, Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic, according to a report by the Washington Post. 

Porter's qualifying offer is worth $7.7 million, while Bogdanovic's is worth $4.6 million, essentially allowing the Wizards to retain negotiating rights to both players. 

Should either Porter or Bogdanovic choose to sign the one-year offer, they would play for Washington the next season before becoming unrestricted free agents.

Both are expected to forego that route in favor of testing the money they could draw free agency beginning next month. As restricted free agents, the Wizards have the right to match whatever offer sheets Porter or Bogdanovic receive from other teams in free agency. 

Porter is fresh off a career-best year in which he hit 43.4 percent from 3-point territory, good for fourth best in the NBA. His teammates have speculated that emergence could earn Porter a max contract worth more than $100 million in free agency. 

That's a steep number, but Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld has confirmed the team is committed to keeping Porter in D.C. 

How John Wall's recruitment of Paul George, who would essentially replace Porter, will impact the free agency negotiations remain to be seen. 

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John Wall tells ESPN he's lobbying Paul George to ask for a trade to the Wizards

John Wall tells ESPN he's lobbying Paul George to ask for a trade to the Wizards

Wizards star John Wall wants Paul George in a Wizards uniform. He told Marc Spears of ESPN's the Undefeated that he's been lobbying the Pacers All-Star to ask for a trade to Washington. 

George has made it clear to Indiana that he will not stay with the team once he becomes a free agent next summer. While his reported preference is to become a Laker, Wall seems to have sensed an opportunity to build a contender for the Eastern Conference crown in Washington.

"I am talking to some guys – Paul," Wall said while attending the NBA Awards. "I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I'm trying to see if we can make something happen." 

Spears reports that sources have told him the Wizards have engaged the Pacers in trade talks for George, but nothing is imminent. 

Wall laid out the case for adding the four-time All-Star as the best possible avenue to compete with LeBron James and the Cavaliers:

Look at our team. We are one piece away. We have the point guard, we have the shooting guard, we have the center, we have the power forward. Our 3-man [Otto Porter Jr.] did great for us. You can't take nothing away from what he did. But [George] is a guy that can guard LeBron and go back at LeBron. It's a piece that you're going to need to win. If you don't have a guy who can do that, you don't have a chance. ...

You got to add another star. You got to add another piece. You got to have three guys. And that's what it's looking like.

Porter broke out for the Wizards last season as one of the league's best three-point shooters, but has not yet reached All-Star level. The team has indicated it would like to bring Porter back, but the price is likely to be steep. 

The Wizards star said he and George have a friendship that he's been able to draw on for these conversations, but it's sure what will happen at this point. 

"Right now, I don't know. Indiana has all the rights to do whatever they want. And if he goes where he doesn't want to go, he doesn't have to sign next year."

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