On Monday, it was David Aldridge of NBA.com who reported the Wizards are "looking for a way" to make a trade with the Pacers for Paul George. On Tuesday, another rumor from a prominent source connected the two sides.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Wizards and Pacers have discussed a deal with Indiana along with the Clippers, Rockets, Cavaliers and Lakers:
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That's two rumors! It doesn't mean a deal will happen, but that's better than one. This thing is officially gaining steam.
Stein went on to say the Pacers are intent on trading George before Thursday's draft, which suggests they may be seeking draft picks in return. The Wizards have a second round pick in Thursday's draft, but they shipped their first round pick to the Nets in a February trade.
Aldridge said the Wizards would not part with John Wall or Bradley Beal, but as talks surrounding George heat up, there will be plenty of competitive offers thrown around. Also worth considering is George's contract. He can opt out next summer and has indicated he wants to sign with the Lakers in part because he is from California.
We'll see if the Wizards can pull off a blockbuster.
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The Wizards added some depth to their backcourt on Thursday by signing veteran guard Donald Sloan to a one-year deal, CSN's Chris Miller confirmed on Thursday night.
The news was first reported by Yahoo Sports' Shams Charania.
Sloan joins the Wizards after not appearing in the NBA last year. He last played for the Brooklyn Nets in 61 games in 2015-16.
A 29-year-old combo guard, Sloan is joining his sixth NBA team. He spent the 2016-17 season with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China.
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Sloan's addition is an interesting one given the Wizards already had a full roster of 17 players set for 2017-18.
This could affect backup guard Sheldon Mac, whom the Wizards signed last summer as an undrafted free agent. Mac is set to make $1.3 million this season, but the money is not full guaranteed unless he is on the roster in January.
Sloan has career averages of 5.5 points and 3.0 assists per game. In hist last NBA season with Brooklyn, Sloan shot 44 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from three.
Sloan represents another cheap and low-risk signing for the Wizards this offseason. They already brought in Mike Scott and Jodie Meeks, hoping they can regain their form.
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The Golden State Warriors have still yet to receive a formal invite from President Donald Trump to visit the White House as 2017 NBA champions, but if they do make the trip, D.C.'s own Kevin Durant will not be with them.
The Warriors All-Star told ESPN on Thursday he will not accept an invitation from Trump due to his policies and reaction to the recent events in Charlottesville.
"Nah, I won't do that," Durant told ESPN. "I don't respect who's in office right now."
"I don't agree with what he agrees with, so my voice is going to be heard by not doing that... And what's going on in Charlottesville, that was unfathomable."
Durant and the Warriors travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Feb. 28 at Capital One Arena. That could be the time they choose to visit the White House. It will be interesting to see which of his teammates show up.
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