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Top stories of the week: Mystics get ready for a big road trip, Beal's extension, and stretch 4 talk

Here are the top storylines in the last full week of August.

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Happy back to school week if you attend schools in Prince George's and Frederick County, Maryland. Some places have had school since August 17, believe it or not. School starts next Monday in Loudoun, Prince William, and Montgomery Counties. And on the day after Labor Day, schools in most of the rest of Northern Virginia open.

I always dreaded the start of school, but now that I'm grown up, I miss it too. Maybe until I get kids I guess. Either way, when school opens, that means that the NBA season will be here before we know it!

So, let's get to the storylines.

The Mystics play the Phoenix Mercury tonight, start four-game road trip in Seattle on Sunday

The 2014 Mercury team won the WNBA title in convincing fashion and celebrated in the White House with the President of the United States on Wednesday. The Mystics play them at Verizon Center tonight at 7 p.m. The Mystics will then play four road games starting on Sunday when they play the Seattle Storm at 9 p.m.

Bradley Beal and whether he should get his sophomore contract extension now

jeffco01 wrote a FanPost on how the Wizards should approach these negotiations in light of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's four-year, $52 million deal with the Charlotte Hornets. Jake also added that the Wizards shouldn't try to extend Beal right now, and Beal shouldn't fret about whether he will be offered such a deal. Chances are in favor of some team will give him such an offer in 2016, and the Wizards have the right to match the deal anyway. From the Wizards' side, if they are serious about trying to lure Kevin Durant, they'll need every dollar they can get for cap hold purposes.

Otto Porter: Wizards' stretch-four of the future?

The third-year forward told SiriusXM NBA Radio on Wednesday that he would be ready to take minutes at the power forward position and stretch the defenses with his shooting. Though Jake probably stretched it a little far, the Wizards have no shortage of players who were brought in to fit in to fill that role, or could do it in a pinch.

The thought of Porter as the Wizards' power forward of the future may not be far fetched at all given that he spent time in that role during the playoffs along with Paul Pierce. With Pierce gone and Jared Dudley nursing injuries, maybe it's Otto who will be best fit for the role all along. Brett Weisband of numberFire.com has more.

The Mystics' evolution in the Mike Thibault Era

The Mystics are an enigma to me. This is because they don't have a franchise player in a league where nearly every other team in their league has one. This is why I am hesitant to believe that they can be a championship contender as currently constructed, even though I'm half expecting that I'll be proven wrong on that too.

But let's take a step back from what their ceiling is since their young core isn't in its prime yet. Since he was hired as their General Manager and Head Coach before the 2013 season, Mike Thibault has done about as good of a job as you can hope for given the situation he inherited. L.W. wrote a detailed analysis to show how the Mystics have turned into a solid offensive unit that takes good care of the ball despite the bumper crop of youth on the roster.

That's all for the week. Enjoy your weekends!