2016 NBA Draft Recap: Reaction and Analysis
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Washington Wizards wasted no time in locking up shooting guard Bradley Beal, agreeing to a five-year maximum contract worth $128 million.

Beal has spent his entire four-year career in the nation's capital to this point, and it appears he will be there for quite a bit longer with this development. The oft-injured guard was limited to 55 games (35 starts) in 2015-16, but when healthy, he averaged 17.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 treys (38.7 percent).
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O.J. Mayo has been dismissed from the NBA for violating anti-drug policy.

Mayo has always been quite an enigma as far as his NBA career is concerned. He has spent time with Memphis, Dallas and most recently Milwaukee during his eight seasons in the NBA, averaging 13.8 points across 547 games (325 starts). With this infraction, Mayo cannot apply for reinstatement to the NBA until two years from now.
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Kevin Durant declined Jay-Z's offer to set up meetings with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks.

Another update on the Durant sweepstakes, as it appears that the 2013-14 MVP will not be headed to the Big Apple this offseason.
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Pacers sign Al Jefferson to a 3-year $30M deal.

The Pacers have been about the most active team in the league so far in this offseason, as they are obviously serious about joining the top teams in the Eastern Conference once again. Jefferson will join other recent acquisitions like Jeff Teague and Thaddeus Young to form Paul George's supporting cast in Indiana next season. Jefferson was limited to 47 games (18 starts) with the Hornets in 2015-16 due to injury, but averaged 18.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per 36 minutes.
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The Sixers have expressed interest in Dion Waiters, Jamal Crawford, Allen Crabbe and other guards.

The Sixers are searching for a wing player, and preferably one with experience to go with all their young players. Waiters was the 4th overall pick in the 2012 draft. Over his four years in the league, the former Syracuse star has averaged 12.8 points across 289 games between Cleveland and Oklahoma City.
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Chandler Parsons was impressed with the Portland Trail Blazers’ presentation Friday. The meeting included a four-year, maximum offer.

The Blazers shocked most with their 5th place finish in the Western Conference this past season and subsequent run to the second-round of the playoffs. Parsons would only strengthen an young, talented roster led by a dynamic backcourt duo in Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
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Minnesota Timberwolves have expressed strong interest in free agent Kent Bazemore.

Add the Timberwolves to the list of teams interested. Bazemore had a breakout season in 2015-16 for the Hawks, and is going to command a significant salary increase from the $2M he raked in over the past year. The four-year pro averaged 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.5 treys (35.7 percent) and 1.3 steals across 75 games (68 starts) in this past regular season. Bazemore was also very solid over 10 playoff games in 2016, putting up 11.9 points and 6.6 boards.
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