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Deeper dive into Wizards' offseason: How Chris McCullough can keep roster spot

Deeper dive into Wizards' offseason: How Chris McCullough can keep roster spot

The player who is the most difficult to gauge going into the 2017-18 season for the Wizards is Chris McCullough, who spent most of his sophomore season in D-League and only appeared in two NBA games after he was acquired from the Brooklyn Nets.

McCullough can be easily forgotten because he was a throw-in for the trade that brought Washington bench scoring in Bojan Bogdanovic.

There was no expectation that he'd be an immediate contributor. The Wizards' plan was to develop him and see what they have for the following season. A first-round pick in 2015, the third and fourth years of his contract are team options.

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The skinny: 2.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 50% FG shooting; 14.3% threes; 16 appearances.

Best game: Nov. 14. It came when he was still a member of the Brooklyn Nets, making 6 of 9 shots for a season-high 13 points, three rebounds and two blocks in just 12 minutes (also a season-high) in a 32-point loss vs. the L.A. Clippers.  

Weak spots: He has to get physically stronger and develop three-point range, which is where he's going to make his living if he sticks in the NBA. McCullough only has attempted 41 in his career, making 14 (34%).

Fixes: McCullough has to work on his shot which is the easiest area to improve quickly. With his length (6-9, 7-3 wingspan) he can get looks. 

Next step: He'll be at Las Vegas summer league next month with a chance to play significantly. In past years it was Otto Porter and then Kelly Oubre as the feature players on the summer league teams. Who is it this year? Sheldon Mac, Daniel Ochefu or McCullough? He can establish himself here before going into training camp in September. And the Wizards also hold the option on his contract so there's pressure on him to show progress.

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It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

It doesn't sound like the Mavs will let Nerlens Noel hit NBA free agency

NBA teams hoping to acquire a power forward in next month's free agency may be left with one less option, as the Dallas Mavericks appear determined to re-sign Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent.

That's according to Marc Stein of ESPN:

Noel, 23, was traded to Dallas from the Sixers back in February for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and two second round picks. He played 22 games for the Mavs, who did not qualify for the playoffs.

Trading for Noel represented a risk, given he does not have a contract for next season. But Dallas should have the opportunity to match whatever offer he gets in free agency if he indeed makes it that far.

Noel, though, could be expensive. He's very young and holds averages of 10 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.5 blocks per game through three NBA seasons. Durability is a concern, as he only played in 51 games last season due to a surgery he had in October. But he played in 67 games the season before and 71 the year before that.

Noel was the sixth overall pick in 2013, the same year the Wizards took Otto Porter third overall.

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How will Wizards' trade for Tim Frazier affect Tomas Satoransky?

How will Wizards' trade for Tim Frazier affect Tomas Satoransky?

In one sense, the Wizards' trade for Tim Frazier on Wednesday night was good news for Tomas Satoransky. Frazier is good, but he's not on the level of a Patty Mills, whom the Wizards could have chased in free agency. Satoransky, in theory, should be able to compete for minutes with Frazier.

Frazier is also a short-term fix. He has one year left on his contract worth $2 million, which means Satoransky is the only guard on their bench signed past next year. He still has a chance to lock down the job as John Wall's backup long-term.

The Wizards see the Frazier deal as one that should not affect Satoransky negatively. He is still very much a part of their plans.

"Tomas is a versatile player who can play two or three different positions and competition is good," president Ernie Grunfeld said. "He has a year of experience under his belt. He can play the point, he can play two and he can play three, so I don’t think that will affect him too much. But competition is good among your players."

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Satoransky, who will turn 26 at the start of the 2017-18 season, averaged 12.6 minutes per game as a rookie in 2016-17. At 6-foot-7, Satoransky plays mostly at point guard but the Wizards think his role could evolve as his career continues.

"I think his best asset is that he can play multiple positions. I don’t want to say he’s a point guard or a two or a three. He has the abilty to play all three," head coach Scott Brooks said. "That can be a strength to our ballclub when he can do all those things. It’s going to take time, he is still developing."

Brooks speaks glowingly of Frazier, who averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 65 games last season playing mostly as Jrue Holiday's backup in New Orleans. Brooks likes the idea of having an experienced player behind Wall with Satoransky still finding his way in the league.

But that doesn't mean Frazier is certain to be the primary backup point guard.

"It’s open. I’m not going to lock myself into ‘this guy is going to play these minutes,'" Brooks said. "Tim has no bearing on my thinking in regards to Tomas. I love Tomas’ toughness, I love his tenacity. He cares and I love guys like that. When he blows an assignment, you can tell he’s not happy and he’s going to try to make up for it. He plays with great effort."

Backup point guard was a weakness for the Wizards last season, but now they believe they have two options to fill that void in Frazier and Satoransky, now that he's got a year under his belt.

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