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All-NBA achievement great for John Wall, his future in D.C., but he wants more

All-NBA achievement great for John Wall, his future in D.C., but he wants more

Before John Wall knew he was an All-NBA player for the first time in his seven-year-career, he concluded “it was a pretty cool season.”

The Wizards fell one game short of their goal of the Eastern Conference finals and one win short of 50 wins. Wall is the franchise's fourth All-NBA third-team selection, joining Gilbert Arenas, Juwan Howard and Bernard King.

Thursday, the league announced he was selected among the top 15 players in the NBA when he was named to the All-NBA third team.

Wall felt he should’ve been All-NBA two years ago, when he had a better season than Kyrie Irving but was left off despite being an All-Star Game starter for the first time. He’ll probably feel like he should’ve been second team.

Isaiah Thomas, who led the Boston Celtics to 53 wins and past the Wizards in a seven-game series, was All-NBA second team ahead of him.

Wall averaged career-highs in points (23.1), assists (10.7), steals (2.0) and field-goal percentage (45.1). He also had 50 double-doubles – 45 more than Thomas.

If Thomas is given extra credit because of his success despite being just 5-foot-9 and a defensive liability, consider Wall had surgeries to both knees on May 5, 2016.

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He wasn’t anywhere near top shape entering training camp in September and began this season with restrictions. He wasn’t supposed to play in back-to-back games until January but sped up the process when the Wizards began 2-8 and were in danger of falling off the cliff.

Wall responded by scoring a career-high 52 points, a career-high 20 assists and knocking down his first game-winning shot in the final five seconds. The Wizards won 17 games in a row at home and won their division for the first time in four decades.

“I have two healthy knees. I don’t have to go through a surgery again,” Wall said during exit interviews earlier this week. “Like I told everybody I banked on myself. After I have surgery I’ll come back a better player and it showed this season. All I can do is use it as motivation going forward.”

Bank is a small but big word. With the 2017 collective bargaining agreement, there’s performance-based criteria for which Wall now qualifies. Instead of being able to get 30% of the salary cap on a new deal, Wall can get a maximum 35% if he were to work out an extension for four more years.

It’s a wrinkle added to the CBA to give teams more of a chance to retain their own free agents.

When Wall signed his current deal, the salary cap was just under $60 million. When the league gets the completed audit of its finances June 30, the cap is expected to be about $101 million for the 2017-18 season.

The piece of the pie is bigger, but Wall seems more likely to ride out his current deal that has two years left and figure out what to do next.

How the Wizards progress will be key to whatever his decision is but he wants to win which means getting deeper than the second round of the playoffs in three of the last four years. He would like to do it in D.C. and this season and his All-NBA selection are at least stepping stones in the right direction.

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Wizards release list of NBA draft prospects for first pre-draft workout, including Maryland star Melo Trimble

Wizards release list of NBA draft prospects for first pre-draft workout, including Maryland star Melo Trimble

The Washington Wizards will hold their first workouts for the 2017 NBA Draft on Tuesday at the Verizon Center and the list of prospects includes several local names.

Six players in total will participate as the Wizards, who own the 52nd overall pick in the second round, weigh their options. Highlighting the group is former Maryland standout Melo Trimble.

Here is the full list:

Jamel Artis, F, Pittsburgh (6-7, 215 lbs.)

James Blackmon, Jr., G, Indiana (6-4, 200 lbs.)

Daniel Dixon, G, William & Mary (6-5, 210 lbs.)

D.J. Fenner, G, Nevada (6-6, 205 lbs.)

Monte Morris, G, Iowa State (6-3, 175 lbs.)

Melo Trimble, G, Maryland (6-3, 185 lbs.)

Trimble, 22, is a local product through and through. He was born in Washington, D.C. and went to high school in Arlington, Va. at Bishop O'Connell. He is a former McDonald's All-American and Big Ten selection.

Dixon starred in the CAA for the Tribe. He grew up in Great Falls, Va. and went to Langley High School.

It's tough to read too much into the first pre-draft workout group, given the draft is still so far away. But it may be telling that five of the six prospects are guards, given their need for help behind John Wall and Bradley Beal.

The NBA Draft will take place on June 22.

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Former Celtics star: Adam Jones incident with Red Sox could affect NBA free agents' view of Boston

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Former Celtics star: Adam Jones incident with Red Sox could affect NBA free agents' view of Boston

The ugly incident involving Red Sox fans taunting Orioles star Adam Jones with racial epithets earlier this month transcended the sport of baseball. It became a national story, sparking debate about race and how fans should behave at sporting events.

It was a huge deal, so big that former Celtics player Cedric Maxwell - the 1980-81 NBA Finals MVP - thinks it could hurt the Celtics this summer in free agency. Boston has money to spend, plus plenty of draft picks - including this year's No. 1 overall selection - and tradeable assets on their roster. They might be better positioned to made big moves this offseason than anyone and the plan to be very aggressive.

But Maxwell argued on CSNNE that signing players might not be as easy as it would seem:

"Well, I think it's more attractive now with what happened with [Al] Horford, but also it's the same thing if you think about all the things that around having Brad Stevens as a coach. What happened over there with the Red Sox, though, out in center field, right field or whatever field; don't think that does not affect decisions on the other side of the basketball ledger. Because people think and people talk and they understand. They talk about your city all the time."

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NBA players are majority African-American, like Jones. The Celtics haven't had problems attracting free agents in the past, but Maxwell thinks that might change.

Watch his full comments here, as well as Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaugnessy's response:

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