Wizards Rumors & News

  • Tracy McGrady: 'If Bradley Beal is a max player, I'm coming back'

    The Sports Daily "If Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal gets a max contract this summer, former NBA player Tracy McGrady is going to come out of retirement. “If he’s a max player, I’m coming back,” McGrady said on ESPN’s The Jump, tongue in cheek. Beal said yesterday that he will seek a max contract this..." May 25

  • Leonard, Green, Jordan, Bradley, Paul On All-Defensive Team

    Pro Basketball Talk "There wasn’t much consensus among All-Defensive voters, except for this. Kawhi Leonard is really good. The back-to-back reigning Defensive Player of the Year was the only player to appear on every ballot, and he made the first team on all 130. He leads a pretty well-selected group: First..." May 25

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Examining how Wizards will handle Bradley Beal and his pursuit of a max deal

    CBS Sports "Bradley Beal is going to be one of the more sought-after restricted free agents this offseason, and he knows it. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Florida will hit the market this offseason with seemingly one goal in mind: to get a max contract, from whoever will offer it to him. "I want to..." May 24

  • Bradley Beal reiterates that he will seek a max contract this summer

    Washington Post "Talk to a Washington Wizards executive about the franchise’s future and Bradley Beal is included as a foundational piece alongside John Wall in the back court. The assumption is Beal and Wall will have at least a few more years to grow together and help propel the Wizards to heights not reached..." May 23

  • Former NBA Player Etan Thomas Puts A Lady On Blast For Her Racist Actions During A Train Ride

    Total Pro Sports "Former NBA player Etan Thomas played 9 years in the NBA before he retired to live the good life. On Friday, he took to Facebook to put a lady on blast for her obvious racist actions after she lied about the seat next to her on a train. It all began while he was looking for a place to sit on a..." May 22

  • Kelly Oubre will play in the summer league

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "After a rookie season in which Kelly Oubre proved he was more than capable of being a contributor but didn’t always get the chance, the super-confident forward will get a do-over. The NBA announced that Las Vegas Summer League, which the Wizards will be one of 24 teams competing at Cox Pavilion..." May 21

  • 5 blockbuster trade scenarios for the Los Angeles Lakers

    Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off their worst season since moving from Minnesota over a half century ago. They will now be led by a 36-year-old head coach in Luke Walton that’s looking to duplicate what he helped build with the Golden State Warriors. With Kobe Bryant now fully into..." May 20

  • Gilbert Arenas puts $500,000 down on Cavaliers winning title

    Sportsnaut "Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas is one interesting character. Never afraid to shy away from controversy during his playing days, the former second-round pick has taken that to new levels following his retirement. Just a week after indicating that San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is..." May 18

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Wizards Have Almost No Chance of Keeping 1st-Round Pick

    CBS Washington "Without looking at the math or the history, it’s obvious the Wizards will have a difficult time keeping their first-round pick in Tuesday’s NBA Draft Lottery. The pick is top-nine protected, and the Wizards had the 13th-worst record in the NBA this past season. Because only the top three picks..." May 17

  • Marcin Gortat calls Scott Brooks a "class act" after meeting in Orlando

    Bullets Forever "At Scott Brooks' introductory press conference last month, the Wizards' new coach talked quite a bit about his approach to player development. He said, "Developing players is not just on the court, it's off the court." From the looks of things, he's already putting his money where his mouth is..." May 15

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Report: Wall may not be ready for Wizards camp

    The Score "After undergoing minor surgeries on both knees, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is not expected to participate in the Olympics for Team USA this summer. The Wizards expect Wall to be fully healed by the start of next season, but Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports that he may..." May 10

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • John Wall has surgery on his left knee

    USA Today "Washington Wizards guard John Wall had surgery to remove calcium deposits on his left knee, the team announced Thursday. Wall will begin rehab and be ready for the 2016-17 season. “I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Scott Brooks is a big proponent of analytics

    Washington Post "When Washington Wizards Coach Scott Brooks was a 4-foot-11 freshman at East Union High School in Manteca, Calif., his basketball coach was also his math teacher and used numbers to illustrate the importance of layups to his pupil. They were the most efficient shots, the coach taught Brooks, along..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Report: Randy Wittman favoring Nene, Ramon Sessions frustrated other Wizards

    Pro Basketball Talk "How can new coach Scott Brooks get the underwhelming Wizards on track? Looking back on Randy Wittman’s tenure could be instructive. Wittman reportedly upset players by playing favorites, namely Nene and Ramon Sessions. J. Michael of CSN Washington: I’m told by multiple persons with..." April 29

  • Brooks: Wall has ability to be one of the best players in the game

    Washington Post "The NBA has become a point guard’s game, and Scott Brooks’s knowledge of the position is as deep as any person’s in the game. Undrafted out of UC Irvine, Brooks carved out a 10-year NBA career with a 5-foot-11 frame as a point guard for six different teams. He later spent six-plus seasons..." April 29

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • John Wall says Wizards didn’t hire Scott Brooks to lure Kevin Durant

    Washington Post "John Wall doesn’t yet have a personal relationship with Scott Brooks, but he was in favor of the Washington Wizards hiring Brooks as their next coach from the outset based on what he had heard about the former Oklahoma City Thunder head man. Wall works with the same trainer as Thunder point..." April 23

  • Dudley wants to stay with Wizards, seeking 3-year deal

    Washington Post "Last summer, the Washington Wizards added three players on expiring contracts as part of their plan to clear cap room for this offseason: Jared Dudley, Gary Neal and Alan Anderson. Of the trio, Dudley was considered the biggest question mark entering training camp. Dudley had arrived via trade..." April 22

  • Why Wizards fans shouldn't count on Scott Brooks to lure Kevin Durant

    Yahoo! Sports "Scott Brooks has accepted the Washington Wizards' head-coaching job, and you know what's coming next. For weeks Brooks has been perceived as Kevin Durant bait, the ex-coach with the ear of the soon-to-be free-agent star, the connection that could make a difference in a high-stakes courtship. He's..." April 22

  • Sources: Scott Brooks agrees to coach Wizards

    Yahoo! Sports "Scott Brooks has agreed in principle to a five-year, $35 million contract to become head coach of the Washington Wizards, league sources told The Vertical. Brooks' deal moves him into the elite of the highest-paid coaches in the league who don't also hold front-office power. Brooks’ $7 million..." April 22

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Sources: Wizards offer head-coaching job to Scott Brooks

    Yahoo! Sports "Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld met with Scott Brooks on Wednesday in Southern California, offering him the franchise’s head-coaching job, league sources told The Vertical. Brooks has been enthusiastic about reaching an agreement with the Wizards and could complete..." April 20

  • Ramon Sessions enters free agency hoping for a chance as starting point guard

    Washington Post "Ramon Sessions was the only Washington Wizard to play in all 82 games this season, but perhaps none were more important for his future than the final five. The Wizards’ backup point guard was promoted to starter to close the season when a sore right knee sidelined John Wall, and Sessions took full..." April 20

  • Wizards the front-runner to land Scott Brooks

    The Score "The Washington Wizards' quest for a new head coach may soon be over. The Wizards are in "pole position" to land Scott Brooks, ESPN's Marc Stein reports. The Houston Rockets are reportedly also interested in the 50-year-old, but are hampered by their first-round matchup against the Golden State..." April 18

  • Major step backwards for Wall and Beal

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The next step never took place because Bradley Beal rarely stayed on the court long enough with John Wall in what was supposed to be a breakout season for them to solidify themselves as an elite backcourt that belonged in the same conversation with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. "It’s been a..." April 17

  • Wall wants Alan Anderson back, but does he yearn to return?

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Alan Anderson is one of the three free agents who John Wall definitely wants back with the Wizards, even though he's coming off the worst season of his career and will be 34 in 2016-17. Anderson wants back in, too. "Even though I'm an energy player, it's hard to bring energy when you've got a..." April 16

  • Wizards Targeting Brooks, Hornacek

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards have made Scott Brooks their top priority as they look for a replacement for Randy Wittman. Brooks was fired after last season by the Oklahoma City Thunder." April 16

  • What happens with Wizards' free agents after .500 season?

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Instead of the usual five takeaways from a game that has no significance other than whether or not the Wizards could avoid a losing record -- they did with a 109-98 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the regular-season finale Wednesday -- there was ample discussion before tip off about having too..." April 14

  • Wizards dismiss coach Randy Wittman

    Washington Post "As first reported Wednesday night, the Washington Wizards have fired Coach Randy Wittman, making the official announcement in a statement released Thursday morning. Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld is scheduled to address the media at noon at Verizon Center. “There were high internal and..." April 14

  • Michael Jordan congratulates Warriors: ‘Basketball is always evolving’

    CSN Chicago "'96 Bulls or '16 Warriors. Everyone's got a side. But for one night Steph Curry and the Warriors reined supreme, and His Airness took notice. Shortly after the Warriors knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies, 125-104, earning their record-setting 73rd victory of the year, Michael Jordan's manager..." April 14

  • John Wall Cursed Out Randy Wittman and the Wizards, Report Claims

    The Big Lead "Most disappointing team in the NBA this season? The Houston Rockets are up there – from Western Conference Finals to trying to get into the playoffs – and so are the Milwaukee Bucks, who went from the playoffs to 33 wins and the lottery. But my vote goes to the Washington Wizards, who also went..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Report: Wizards head coach Randy Wittman likely to be fired

    Sportsnaut "In news that’s about as shocking as the sun rising in the morning, the Washington Wizards are reportedly set to fire head coach Randy Wittman after the season comes to a conclusion Wednesday evening. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the expectation is that Wittman will be fired sometime on..." April 12

  • This John Wall bobblehead looks absolutely nothing like John Wall

    SI "There are two key components to a good bobblehead. The head must bobble. And the head should look like the person it was made after. This John Wall bobblehead may bobble like the wind, but it honestly couldn’t look less like John Wall if it tried:" April 11

  • Gortat scores 21 points as Wizards stop Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Charlotte Hornets earned a playoff berth with consistently strong efforts over the last two months. With possible home-court advantage in the opening round of the postseason at stake, that version didn't show up against the Washington Wizards. Despite playing without John..." April 10

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    Wizards say Beal is out with a sore pelvis.

  • What went wrong with Wizards, and where to go from here

    The Score "Coming into 2015-16, the Washington Wizards were expected by most to book a third straight trip to the playoffs. The modicum of success the franchise has enjoyed since 2013 - two straight trips to the Eastern Conference semis - may have come with a ceiling, but missing the postseason entirely..." April 09

  • Revamped Pistons clinch first playoff spot since 2009

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons changed ownership, revamped their front office, went through a handful of head coaches and completely overhauled their roster. All those moves finally paid off on Friday. Reggie Jackson poured in 39 points, one shy of his career high, and the..." April 08

  • John Wall ‘probably’ won’t play against Pistons; Alan Anderson will

    Washington Post "John Wall got up slowly, a McDonald’s breakfast sandwich in his left hand as he FaceTimed, and started his limp toward the Washington Wizards’ bus back to the team hotel. He had been sitting with his right leg locked in straight as his teammates concluded shootaround at The Palace at Auburn Hills..." April 08

  • With little left to play for, the Wizards should go ahead and shut down John Wall for the season

    Bullets Forever "There are a couple of different ways to look at John Wall missing Wednesday's game against the Nets on Wednesday. Obviously, if Wall is going to miss a game, it was nice that it came against the Nets, who even in a spirited effort could only keep up with the Wall-less Wizards for 24 minutes. If..." April 07

  • Ernie Grunfeld is under contract for next season, according to report

    Bullets Forever "As it becomes more and more clear that the Wizards will not make the playoffs, more and more people have begun trying to project what changes the Wizards will make to respond to such a disappointing season. Apparently, it's looking like Ernie Grunfeld will not be part of those changes, according..." April 05

  • Nick Young -- Calls BS On Arenas ... You're Not Invited To My Bachelor Party

    TMZ "Nick Young just relocated his ex-teammate to front street ... firing a shot at Gilbert Arenas for telling the world he was going to Nick's bachelor party ... when Swaggy says ... HE AIN'T. This started when we asked Gilbert if he thought Nick & Iggy would get over the whole D'Angelo Russell..." April 05

  • Chris Paul withdrew from Team USA. What does that mean for John Wall?

    Washington Post "John Wall has not been shy to voice his thoughts about his place among Team USA’s hierarchy. He was initially left off the preliminary 28-man roster for the 2014 World Cup of Basketball before he was added four days before camp started in Las Vegas. Then he was among the first cuts. And after..." April 05

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