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Top Stories of the Week: Wizards head to draft with fading hopes for Masai Ujiri, Natasha Cloud and the Mystics’ media blackout

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Happy Father’s Day! Here are the stories we had from the past week.

2019 NBA Draft Combine - Day 1
Scott Brooks is hoping the Wizards make a good selection with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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Happy Father’s Day everyone! Here are the top stories for the week.


Wizards hold more NBA Draft workouts!

The Wizards held workouts in three days this past week. Here they are:

  • Monday, June 10: Brandon Better (Southern Utah), Joe Cremo (Villanova), Jon Davis (Charlotte), Malik Dunbar (Auburn), Paul Eboua (Cameroon), Kaleb Johnson (Georgetown)
  • Thursday, June 13: Keldon Johnson (Kentucky), Cameron Lard (Iowa State)
  • Friday, June 14: Corey Davis (Houston), Jessie Govan (Georgetown), Jaylen Hands (UCLA), Lyle Hexom (Peru State), Jonathan Kasibabu (Fairfield), VJ King (Louisville), Sekou Doumbouya (Limoges CSP)

To see all the players who attended workouts or visits, click here to get to our StoryStream.


More NBA Draft prospect evaluations!

We wrote on a player during each day of the five-day work week as well whom the Wizards could draft. Here are the profiles that we did below:

To see all our profiles, including from last week, click here to get to our StoryStream.


The Wizards’ front office search continues ... or is it?

The Raptors won the 2019 NBA Finals last Thursday and Wizards fans were anticipating that Ted Leonsis would speak to Masai Ujiri about the front office vacancy and offer him a big contract. But by Friday, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post had reports to the contrary, stating that nothing is imminent.

Still, former U.S. President Barack Obama wants Ujiri in Washington, according to Ethan Strauss of The Athletic.

It would make sense that the Wizards would wait a few days and even past the NBA Draft before hiring someone. But until then, this job is Tommy Sheppard’s to lose.


Natasha Cloud leads the Mystics hold a media blackout against gun violence in D.C.’s Ward 8

On Thursday, the Mystics guard released videos on social media requesting D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White to meet her regarding recent shootings near Hendley Elementary School in SE, less than two miles from the Entertainment and Sports Arena.

Neither gave a sufficient response, so the Mystics held a media lockout where they refused to speak to reporters about the game on Friday after a loss to the Seattle Storm. Cloud made a statement to reporters but did not take questions.

This story gained quite a bit of traction outside of the WNBA sphere. WRC-TV and WJLA-TV, two of the Washington area local television stations aired stories on over-the-air broadcasts. Click here to read our StoryStream which has all of the posts on this story.

The Mystics are currently 4-3.


That is all I have. Have a safe and Happy Father’s Day everyone!