Aug 20, 2014; New York, NY, USA; The United States bench reacts during the second half of a game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Team USA Dominates Dominican Republic, James Harden vs. Bradley Beal and More

We’re just a few weeks away from the start of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, but we’ve already gotten a glimpse of Team USA and the players looking to lead USA Basketball to another championship, despite not having the All-Star and veteran talent they once did.

Oh, and Oz debated the trade that never happened: Bradley Beal for James Harden.

All of that and more on today’s Wizardly Links. Enjoy.

- Team USA routs the Dominican Republic despite not having Rose in the lineup. (via ESPN)

Kyrie Irving made all five shots and scored 12 points starting in place of Derrick Rose, and the U.S. national basketball team beat the Dominican Republic 105-62 on Wednesday night in an exhibition game.

- Oz debates a trade that would’ve sent James Harden to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Bradley Beal. (via Wiz of Awes)

I’ll concede Bradley Beal is not the player James Harden is today. With Harden, the Washington Wizards would have hands down have been a better team the past two seasons by his mere presence alone.

- Wall debuted his new tattoo…on the Great Wall of China. (via TriangleOffense)

Now that’s how you debut some new ink! In China to promote his new signature shoe with Adidas, John Wall took to his Instagram account this morning to debut his “Great Wall” back tattoo at the Great Wall of China in Beijing.

- The Washington Wizards lost their best perimeter defender this off-season. Will they remain a top defensive team? (via Bullets Forever)

Now he faces the challenge of replacing his most consistent starter from a year ago in Trevor Ariza with a seasoned Paul Pierce. But this isn’t a case of plugging Pierce into the role Ariza piloted and watching the team come apart at the seams.

- The WizardsXTRA crew is back with another podcast. This time, they talked about the schedule, Paul Pierce and more with J.Michael of CSN Washington

- Is John Wall the league’s next superstar? He might be. (via FanSided)

Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall took a leap last year, helping lead the Wizards back to the postseason and a five-game series victory over the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs before falling to the Indiana Pacers a round later in six games.

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