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January 5, 2015 Updates

Paul Pierce on Kobe Bryant: He ended up missing the last nine shots of that game with me on him, and we won. But the stat sheet is still vivid in my mind. Kobe took 47 shots. Forty-seven. No one has ever taken 47 shots on me. Most games a team will get up 81 to 89 shots. What you have to understand about Kobe’s game is that by taking that many shots, he’s meticulously wearing down the defender until he breaks them. He’s made a career out of making guys lose confidence in their defense and then continuing to attack them. He’s won five rings doing that. If you want to have any defensive success against Kobe, you can’t break. That’s much easier said than done. The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce on Tracy McGrady: Since there was no way to stop Tracy’s shot, you just had to do everything you could to make sure he didn’t get in a position to shoot. So I would always do my best to deny Tracy the ball and be physical with him. I always knew that I couldn’t allow easy points in transition against him because then he might heat up. And if a guy with an unblockable shot heats up, well, that’s not good. But limiting transition points against a guy with the physical talent of Tracy was just a nightmare. He was such a tremendous finisher. He’s fast, he’s long and he could jump higher than anybody. And if that wasn’t enough, he was one of the better ball handlers in the league. He’s a rare talent, and when you were up against him, you knew you were in for a tough game because he always had the green light. Well, that’s something all these guys have in common. The Players' Tribune

With a gluttony of wing players and limited roster flexibility, the Washington Wizards are looking to trade Glen Rice Jr. before his contract is guaranteed on Jan. 10, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Washington has already spoken to other teams about Rice, who was shipped to the D-League in late November and hasn’t played in the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ last four games despite no reported injury. Washington Post

If a trade partner cannot be found, the Wizards will likely waive the second-year guard to vacate a roster spot and create salary-cap flexibility as postseason draws near and players become available via trade and late-season buyouts. If they are forced to waive Rice, the move will likely be made by Wednesday so he could clear waivers before Jan. 10, when all NBA contracts become guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Washington Post

Approaching 30, it was Scott Brooks, a former NBA player and current coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, who told Hawkins he was good enough to play pro ball. Two weeks later, he received a phone call from the Houston Rockets and beat out four other players to make the cut. His contract was $594,000. On Nov. 22, 2002, Hawkins started against Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards. Hawkins says it was the best day of his life, even though the six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls “didn’t respect me at all.” Jordan dared him to shoot the ball. Hawkins made a bucket on his way to scoring a career-high 14 points. Long Beach Press-Telegram

January 4, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Barring an unlikely trade, Washington deciding to release Glen Rice Jr. on Wednesday, sources tell RealGM. Wizards prefer open roster spot. Twitter @ShamsCharania

"I'm far away from reaching my full potential to be honest," Wall told USA TODAY Sports. "My biggest goal is to get this team to the Finals. That's our goal. We had a taste of the playoffs, and we feel we're a team that's clicking and has the right pieces. It's just about us building our championship mentality." USA Today Sports

Sam Amico: NBA deadline to waive players with non-guaranteed deals is Weds. Second-year Wizard G Glen Rice Jr expected to be one talented casualty. Twitter @SamAmicoFSO

With a gluttony of wing players and limited financial flexibility, the Washington Wizards intend to trade Glen Rice Jr. before his contract becomes guaranteed on Jan. 10, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Washington has already spoken to other teams about Rice, who was shipped to the D-League in late November and hasn’t played in the Fort Wayne Mad Ants’ last four games despite no reported injury. Washington Post

If a trade partner cannot be found, the team could waive the second-year guard or keep him, though the latter option is not preferred because the Wizards seek roster and salary-cap flexibility as the postseason draws near and players become available via trades and buyouts. Washington Post

The Wizards have been trying to move second-year guard Glen Rice Jr. in a trade before Jan. 10 when all contracts become fully guaranteed, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the situation. A 48-hour window when a deal might have been struck has passed, however, which makes a trade unlikely and means he'd be released instead. CSNWashington.com

January 3, 2015 Updates

Lawson, who grew up playing basketball with Durant in the Maryland suburbs, has a good idea of the Oklahoma City Thunder star's thinking. The Clinton, Maryland native knows we want to know. He also knows better than to break confidences. "I've talked to him about it, but I probably can't tell you what he said," Lawson laughingly told CSNwashington.com when the Nuggets visited last month. What Lawson lacks in shared specifics he makes up for with true insight. The idea of the Wizards pursuing Durant when his contract ends during the summer of 2016 dominated the summer of 2014 locally. Washington let Trevor Ariza bolt during free agency in part to keep salary cap options open for Durant. CSNWashington.com

January 2, 2015 Updates

Lawson, who grew up playing basketball with Durant in the Maryland suburbs, has a good idea of the Oklahoma City Thunder star's thinking. The Clinton, Maryland native knows we want to know. He also knows better than to break confidences. "I've talked to him about it, but I probably can't tell you what he said," Lawson laughingly told CSNwashington.com when the Nuggets visited last month. CSNWashington.com

"Now, playing away, it's cool," said Lawson, who ranks second to Wall with over 10 assists per game this season. "I haven't really thought about coming home to play. Think about it more during free agency, but I haven't really thought about it." Nevertheless, he has thought about it, the good and the potentially annoying aspects. "A little bit. Not dealing with them, but family tickets. You'd probably have to buy like 100 tickets every game. It's people that might want something from you or expect things from you. That's kind of a turn off a little bit," Lawson stated. "Other cities you can just chill out and relax. It's just you unless they fly out to see you." CSNWashington.com

 

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