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Wizards exploring trade for Pacers superstar Paul George, report says

Wizards exploring trade for Pacers superstar Paul George, report says

With the news Paul George plans to leave the Pacers next offseason via free agency, rumors of Indiana trading him have been heating up. Teams like the Celtics and Cavs have already been linked. According to a new report, don't count out the Wizards.

Here is what David Aldridge wrote on NBA.com Monday morning:

"The Wizards are looking for a way to make a George deal happen. They don’t have a player of [Kevin] Love’s caliber to put in a deal; they’re not moving Bradley Beal after the 23-year-old just had his best NBA season. Playing alongside Washington’s backcourt of Beal and John Wall, after all, would be the selling point for George in D.C."

[RELATED: Pacers may have no choice but to trade Paul George]

Aldridge went on to say that Otto Porter could be a trade chip, but he would have to agree to a sign-and-trade and that would require him taking less money thanks to the new CBA. If the Wizards do not trade Beal, then Porter and others like Markieff Morris, Marcin Gortat and Kelly Oubre, Jr. will likely come up in talks.

Trading for George does have an inherent risk given he can opt out of his deal next summer and has indicated he wants to join the Lakers. Any team that trades for him would probably want a guarantee he will re-sign. But a trio of George, Wall and Beal would rank up there with the best in the NBA. That could make them favorites in the East.

Stay tuned.

[RELATED: Celtics-Sixers trade should have big effect on East]

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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.

[RELATED: Winners, losers, sleepers from 2017 NBA draft]

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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."

[RELATED: Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away]

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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