NHL star inks a 7-year contract extension

NHL star inks a 7-year contract extension

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EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- The Edmonton Oilers have locked up forward Taylor Hall with a seven-year contract extension. The Oilers say the contract is worth an average of 6 million per season. The club announced the deal Wednesday on its Twitter account. Hall was the first overall pick in the 2010 draft and has since become a key fixture on the team's youthful top line alongside fellow first overall pick Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle. Hall finished with 27 goals and 26 assists in 61 games before his season was cut short by a shoulder injury. Those numbers were slightly up from his rookie year when he had 22 goals and 20 assists in 65 games in another injury-shortened season.

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Beal, Grunfeld react to Wizards trade with Nets for Bogdanovic

Beal, Grunfeld react to Wizards trade with Nets for Bogdanovic

The only player for the nine-win Brooklyn Nets that gave the Wizards problems consistently was Bojan Bogdanovic, a 6-8 forward who was constantly in motion and beating them off curls and backdoor cuts to the basket. 

The Wizards still won all three meetings, but he's a difficult cover; a stronger, more physical small foward than Otto Porter but with some of the same principles of moving without the ball to be effective.

Now, after a multi-player trade with the Nets on Wednesday, Bogdanovic is on their side.

"He can put the ball on the floor and play multiple positions, probably two through four. He's shooting a lot better. He's a strong guy who can post up and shoot threes," Bradley Beal said Wednesday, after CSNmidatlantic.com reported the deal that also included 6-11 big Chris McCullough.

"He can put the ball on the floor and guard, too. He's pretty good at rebounding and backdoor cutting. He got me a couple times before. I'm excited. We made some good moves. It's unfortunate when you lose teammates, but that's the business aspect of it. I'm looking forward to him and McCullough, as well. We're going to roll and hopefully they can jump on board and help us out."

Bogdanovic is averaging 14.2 points and shooting 35.7% from three-point range. He had a chance to tie the score in overtime vs. the Wizards in their last meeting trailing 113-110 but missed. The Nets lost 114-110.

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He was a high-volume starter in Brooklyn but will have a slightly reduced role in Washington. With the second unit, however, Bogdanovic will be expected to take the intitiave on offense.  

"I love his aggressiveness, he plays with confidence. It's difficult being on a Brooklyn team where he was taking a majority of the shots and he was aggressive. We kind of need that same mentality," Beal said. "Stay aggressive, knock down shots and shoot the ball when you're open. We're going to instill all that confidence in him and he has some in himself. We're excited. I don't know him personally but I am definitely happy that he's with us."

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld shared his thoughts on both Bogdanovic and McCullough on Wednesday.

"Bojan is a very good shooter and a talented overall scorer whose versatility gives us an added dimension as we gear up for the stretch run," Grunfeld said. "He is a proven starter that will provide us an added boost off the bench and allow us to be creative with our lineups."

"We feel Chris is an intriguing prospect as a first round pick who was recently named a D-League All-Star. He has high potential and we look forward to our staff continuing his development."

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Wizards rookie legally changes name to Sheldon Mac

Wizards rookie legally changes name to Sheldon Mac

The NBA All-Star break offers players not participating in the weekend's festivities to take care of business in their personal life. One Wizards rookie used that time to go back home to Texas and legally change his name.

Yes, the player formally known as Sheldon McClellan is now officialy Sheldon Mac. The 24-year-old returned to Houston, Texas over the past week and, with the blessing of his mother, changed his name. 

Mac expects to have his jersey changed at some point and he will now be referred to in print as 'Sheldon Mac.' He said the reason was because 'McClellan' was a name he got from his father, whom he has no relationship with.

Mac had thought about making the change for at least since last May when he left the University of Miami. He decided to hold off through the draft process in order to avoid confusion for scouts and prospective teams.

Mac said it shouldn't be difficult for him to get used to it, as all of his friends already referred to him as Mac anyways. It may take some getting used to for fans, however, given the Wizards used to have a player named Shelvin Mack.

Mac could have gone with his mother's last name, which is Johnson. But he likes Mac better.

"I just added a little swag to it."

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