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Don't have a lot of time this morning, so I'm going to try and make this quicker than usual. Wizards fans are still taking stock of the trade that sent Rashard Lewis to the Hornets in exchange for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, so let's start with that in today's links:
- First off, here's thoughts from Mike and BNIE on the trade.
- Reaction to the trade across the intertubes was pretty mixed.
- Here's some more local coverage/reaction: [Wizards Insider | Washington Times | Washington Examiner | CSN Washington (Frank Hanrahan, Ben Standig) | Wiz of Awes | Wizards Extreme]
- In the trade's wake, it seems pretty obvious that the Wizards will target Bradley Beal with the No. 3 pick, and it sounds like Harrison Barnes is their backup option should the Bobcats, or a team that trades up to No. 2, take Beal instead.
- Dan Diamond on the gold standard by which he measures every move the Wizards make. [Truth About It]
- Nice fan post here on who might be squeezed out of the Wizards' regular rotation following the arrival of Okafor, Ariza and the No. 3 pick.
- On the other end of the trade, Lewis won't be a Hornet for long, and his likely destinations reportedly include the Lakers, Rockets or a championship contender, but not the Magic. [Orlando Pinstriped Post]
- Lost in all the trade hoopla was was yesterday's workout, which featured four players, including ex-Hoya Henry Sims. [Wizards Insider | Washington Examiner]
- Here's a profile of Sims from Ben Standig. [CSN Washington]
- Here's a quick interview Sims conducted with the team's website after his workout, plus the media sessions with both Sims and Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor.
- Nate Timmons over at Denver Stiffs, SB Nation's Nuggets blog, got to chat with Vanderbilt guard John Jenkins, a possible Wizards pick at No. 32, following a workout in Denver.
- Maurice Evans says he and Roger Mason Jr. will help Sam Cassell coach the summer league team, which makes it seem like both players will be back with the Wizards next season. [BF | CSN Washington]
- Andray Blatche had some Twitter fun Wednesday night. [Wizards Extreme]
- What if I told you the NBA had a Social Media Awards show, and that one of the prizes was the "LOL Award" and that two Wizards from last season made the list of five nominees? Could you guess who? Yes, yes you could. The winner is also amazing for Wizards fans, but not as brilliant as Shaq dropping mention at the end of the video of the "Shaq Big Man Camp," which actually exists because the world is awesome.
- Dan Steinberg recaps Wednesday's D.C. Council hearing on the proposal to put new digital video panels outside Verizon Center. [D.C. Sports Bog]
- Oh yea, the Heat won the NBA Championship last night in the first non-competitive game of the series. LeBron James was masterful, again, recording a triple double, and did a couple things that probably irked his haters, like putting an end to some early celebrating by Mario Chalmers and consoling Kevin Durant after the final buzzer. Speaking of Durant, the scene of him and his family in the tunnel after the game was heartbreaking, and makes you fear for anyone that gets in Durantula's way next season. Personally, it was great to see Mike Miller have a night that will go down as one of the better shooting performances in NBA Finals history. Miller might have been a disappointment in D.C., more for his inclusion in that terrible trade than for his actual play, but the guy has always been a class act and players like him are easy to root for. Anyway, there's way too much coverage out there to link to it all, so I'll simply direct you to SB Nation's NBA Finals thread, which is awesome and hilarious, as always.