The first domino has fallen in the wake of the news of John Wall's extended absence: The Wizards are breaking up what many believed to be their core for years to come, trading Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis.
DeMar DeRozan matched his career playoff-high with 37 points and the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards, 130-119, on Tuesday night, taking a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Baltimore is increasingly in the world of sports team owner Ted Leonsis, who is raising his profile in the city. He's best known as a Washington sports mogul but recently acquired Baltimore and Washington teams in the Arena Football League. He tells us why he expanded to Baltimore and what his vision is for success.
In the Wizards' 114-106 loss to the Houston Rockets, John Wall had 21 points and eight assists — reaching 3,826 for his career to surpass Wes Unseld to become the Wizards/Bullets all-time assist leader — but also picked up a pair of technical fouls. Wall's second came in the closing 33 seconds after using "inappropriate language" toward a game official.
The Washington Wizards will start the season without their backup center and highest-paid free agent acquisition, Ian Mahinmi. On Saturday, the team announced that the center underwent surgery Friday night for a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee.
Washington Wizards coach Scott Brooks has tentatively pegged Trey Burke as the starting point guard for the preseason opener against the visiting Miami Heat tonight at 8, replacing the recovering John Wall.