Wizards Rumors & News

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Darrell Arthur: Turning down Spurs, Wizards, Clippers in free agency to stay with Nuggets “an easy decision for me”

    Denver Post "The narrative in the NBA for years has been that free agents don’t want to come to, or stay in, Denver. The Nuggets, though, point to a group of players who might be changing that perception. In the past couple of years Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Darrell Arthur all could have opted to..." September 29

  • Gilbert Arenas on Never Using a Condom Again Because He Won His STD Lawsuit

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas recently won a lawsuit against his baby mama Laura Govan after she accused him of having multiple STDs. Arenas was awarded $110k. He has decided to celebrate by saying he is never wearing a condom again and will sue any woman who asks him to do so. Flip the page to see his..." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Beal says he and Wall are fine, will 'be in rankings of the best backcourt'

    USA Today "The Washington Wizards have – when point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal are both healthy – one of the best backcourts in the NBA. But do they get along well enough to make it work this season with new Wizards coach Scott Brooks?" September 26

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • No truth to John Wall-Jahlil Okafor-Reggie Jackson-Brandon Knight trade rumor

    Pro Basketball Talk "There was a rumor floating around a few days ago that seemed to originate from the type of website that shamelessly turns fan ideas into “trade rumors” without any knowledge into whether the teams are actually discussing it. The version I saw was a four-team trade: Pistons Give: Reggie..." September 20

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • John Wall Angers His Fans by Arriving at the Cowboys vs. Redskins Game in a Cowboys Jersey

    Fox Sports "John Wall has spent his entire NBA career in Washington with the Wizards, but that won’t stop him from representing his favorite NFL team at FedEx Field. On Sunday, he showed up at the Cowboys-Redskins game wearing a throwback Emmitt Smith jersey, which should go over just fine with the fans in..." September 18

  • Wizards Fans Upset Bradley Beal Showed Ezekiel Elliott Love on IG

    Black Sports Online "The comments are a war zone. What people are messing is that Ezekiel Elliott & Bradley Beal are from Saint Louis, so there is a natural connection there." September 18

  • Wizards not rushing Wall's recovery

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "John Wall is progressing following two knee procedures this offseason, but it remains uncertain whether the Washington Wizards point guard will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 27. "He's working hard. Every day he's in the gym, getting his rehab on his body," coach Scott Brooks..." September 15

  • Kevin Seraphin asked Wizards to trade him when Wittman wouldn't play him

    CBS Sports "Snake-loving Indiana Pacers big man Kevin Seraphin told French newspaper L'Equipe that he asked the Washington Wizards to trade him multiple times when former coach Randy Wittman refused to give him consistent minutes. Here's the quote, as translated by HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra: "Every year..." September 14

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Wizards Coach Scott Brooks: ‘I don’t see our team having a problem with chemistry’

    Washington Post "Scott Brooks reclined in a folding chair inside the Washington Wizards‘ practice facility. He was dressed casually in gray shorts and an athletic shirt, as if at any moment he might jump into a pick-up basketball game. He looked relaxed, smiling often. Certainly, with training camp a few weeks..." September 12

  • Johnny O’Bryant to sign with Wizards

    Today's Fastbreak "According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Washington Wizards are poised to sign 23-year-old big man Johnny O’Bryant. The former LSU Tiger and two-time All-SEC honoree is a former second-round pick (No. 36) courtesy of the 2014 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks...." September 11

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Spurs send personalized jersey to Kirk Cousins, Wizards take exception

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins recently said that he wants the team to be like the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL, so the Spurs decided to show him some love. “I’ve told my teammates that I’d like to be the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL, be super boring and maybe people at the end of..." September 02

  • Battery case against DeJuan Blair dropped

    TMZ "NBA player DeJuan Blair will NOT be charged with battery for allegedly roughing up a woman outside of a Vegas nightclub ... and TMZ Sports has learned the accuser ain't happy about it. We broke the story ... the former Washington Wizards player was booted out of Drai's nightclub after he..." September 01

  • With John Wall recovering, what about Kendall Marshall for Wizards?

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Washington Wizards could possibly seek to add a backup point guard depending on their sense of John Wall's recovery from multiple knee surgeries. One NBA veteran wth local ties is now on the market. Kendall Marshall is reportedly on the move from Philadelphia to Utah with the Jazz set to..." August 28

  • John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'

    Real GM Basketball "John Wall replied in a video posted online Friday to apparent critics who have voiced concerns over how he is "watching other people's pockets and I'm not worried about basketball and getting better." Wall was reportedly irked in particular by Bradley Beal's new deal. "I just wanted to clear..." August 27

  • John Wall Addresses Critics & Anonymous Sources Who Said He Watching People’s Pockets

    Black Sports Online "An article from The Ringer painted John Wall as a jealous teammate and player who was upset when people got better contracts and endorsements than him. All the sources were anonymous. After making a few comments on social media, Wall made an official comment via Bleacher Report’s..." August 26

  • John Wall reportedly bothered by Harden’s contract

    Larry Brown Sports "If John Wall is going to be jealous every time a player signs a contract that is worth more than his, the next three years are bound to be pretty frustrating for him. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Wall was “rankled” by the four-year, $118 million extension James Harden signed with..." August 25

  • It’s bickering, not beef, but John Wall and Bradley Beal still need to figure it out

    Washington Post "On Wednesday morning, many players on the Washington Wizards‘ roster woke up inside a five-star hotel overlooking a marina in California. An idyllic setting for team bonding — and a world away from Washington, where news of discord between the team’s two best players has once again bubbled to the..." August 25

  • Wizards' John Wall, Bradley Beal must put aside 'tendency to dislike each other on the court'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The high temperatures outside the arena at Las Vegas summer league, where John Wall sat courtside to watch the Wizards play, were punishing. Bradley Beal walked in with his girlfriend, fresh off agreeing to $128 million max contract, and when he sat down there was a gulf of unfilled chairs..." August 23

  • Former No. 1 Overall Pick Kwame Brown Reportedly Has His Eyes Set On An NBA Comeback

    Uproxx "really deserved the literal and metaphorical beatings he took during his disappointing NBA journeyman’s career. He didn’t ask to be the No. 1 pick in the 2001 Draft, and he certainly didn’t ask for the burden of expectation that came along with having to make front-office neophyte Michael Jordan..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • John Wall on schedule with knee rehab but makes no promises to be ready by season opener

    Washington Post "Throughout the offseason, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has heard the same question. How are the knees doing? So on Saturday at his third annual John Wall Family Foundation Back to School Block Party, he came ready with answers. However, a cautious Wall opted for preaching..." August 20

  • J.J. Hickson Is Headed To China

    247 Sports "J.J. Hickson is taking his talents overseas. The 27-year-old forward is reportedly negotiating a deal in China, according to David Pick." August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Wizards To Ink Casper Ware To Camp Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards have agreed to a contract with unrestricted free agent Casper Ware, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reports (on Twitter). The scribe labels it as a training camp deal, which means it likely includes little or no guaranteed money. Washington is well over the cap, so it is likely for..." August 18

  • Gilbert Arenas Calls Guys Fixing His Maybach Illegal Mexicans

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas never has a moment of chill whatsoever. The latest round of hilarity sees the former NBA guard going through it on Snapchat after his cushy $350K Maybach breaks down on his own ranch. Some nice gentleman stop by to help Arenas out — but what in the video as Gilbert displays no..." August 18

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • Morris: Brooks' coaching style is 'militaristic'

    The Score "I don't know what I've been told, Brooks' style is mighty bold. Scott Brooks, who became the 24th head coach in Washington Wizards history shortly after the 2015-16 regular season, has a reputation around NBA circles for being able to relate to players - having been a former player himself -..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Irene Pollin: Michael Jordan went haywire after Wizards ousted him

    Washington Post "Irene Pollin’s new self-published memoir examines in detail both her personal life with husband Abe Pollin, and their shared lives as civic leaders in Washington. The book, which took six years to produce, examines many of the biggest moments in Washington sports history: the arrival of the..." August 04

  • Report: Clippers, Alan Anderson agree to deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal with free agent swingman Alan Anderson, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Terms of the deal were not reported, but Anderson will likely earn the veteran's minimum with Los Angeles already well over the salary cap for next season." August 03

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Wizards remain active in open market despite host of offseason moves

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "While the Wizards appear to be standing pat on their roster until training camp, they're still remaining active in the market, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. They're content with their starting five and tentatively have 13 players locked into contracts for the regular season, but that..." August 01

  • Marcus Thornton inks with Pesaro

    Sportando "Victoria LIbertas Pesaro announced the signing of Marcus Thornton. The produce of William & Mary spent his rookie season as pro in Australia with Sydney Kings averaging 12,5 points per contest." July 30

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Bradley Beal: I grew an inch this summer

    Sporting News "Bradley Beal, as we knew, is a baller. He also got a little bit taller. Aside from being newly super-rich — he signed a max five-year, $128 deal with the Wizards — Beal on Wednesday said he's grown an inch in the offseason. Not a bad deal. We'll say preemptively that stacking money in his..." July 27