Wizards Rumors & News

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Wizards fire head trainer, according to report

    Bullets Forever "We all knew this was going to be a summer of changes for the Wizards, but the most recent change is a rather unexpected one that doesn’t involve the team’s roster. J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic is reporting the Wizards fired Eric Waters, their head trainer since 2004, even though he still had..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26

  • Lakers, Wizards won't get Kevin Durant meeting, Knicks might

    CBS Sports "The Kevin Durant free agency situation is evolving and coming into clarity quickly. On Friday night, word surfaced of the initial list of teams expected to meet with Durant, headlined by the hometown Thunder, Warriors and Spurs. On Saturday, USA Today's Sam Amick, who has covered Durant..." June 25

  • Wizards are ‘pessimistic’ about chances at recruiting Kevin Durant

    Bullets Forever "Remember that awkward year in your childhood where you’re pretty sure Santa Claus isn’t real, but your parents don’t have the heart to dash your dreams yet, so you linger around in a state of limbo waiting for someone to either introduce you to reality or show you that your wildest dreams can come..." June 25

  • Bradley Beal declines Team USA's invitation to play in 2016 Olympics

    Sporting News "Team USA lost out on another elite basketball player to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The squad extended an invitation to Bradley Beal, but the Wizards guard decided to take the summer to prepare for next season. "I could not be more grateful for the invitation to represent my..." June 25

  • Longhorns' Isaiah Taylor, Aggies' Danuel House sign with NBA teams after going undrafted

    Sports Day "Even though they weren't drafted, it didn't take long for Texas A&M's Danuel House and Texas' Isaiah Taylor long to find NBA teams to sign with. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania report that House signed with the Washington Wizards and Taylor got a deal with the Houston..." June 24

  • Washington Wizards sign Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House, Kaleb Tarczewski to deals, according to report

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards weren’t active in this year’s draft, but they got right to work after the draft ended to sign players to help this year’s Summer League squad. The Wizards signed two players late on Thursday night. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical is reporting Danuel House of Texas A&M has signed..." June 24

  • Wizards lead four-team race for Joakim Noah in NBA free agency, sources say

    Sporting News "The summer of crazy spending in the NBA is only days away and it is likely to start in Washington. But we’re not talking about the Wizards’ pursuit of Kevin Durant, which most observers regard as slightly delusional. According to sources, the Wiz are locked in on making a major offer to Joakim..." June 24

  • President Obama has 'discussed' being NBA owner, White House says

    ESPN "Much has been made of what might be next for President Barack Obama after he leaves the White House in January. According to press secretary Josh Earnest, becoming an NBA owner might be an option. Earnest said Wednesday that the president, well known for being a big fan of Chicago sports teams,..." June 23

  • Wizards reportedly among teams interested in free agent Joakim Noah

    Bullets Forever "One of the biggest needs the Wizards will need to fill this summer is at backup center. They need someone dependable down low who can fill in for Marcin Gortat when needed and perhaps provide a little extra on the defensive end when needed. The first name to pop up in the rumor mill certainly..." June 22

  • Stephen A. Smith Hasn't Gotten a NBA Finals Pick Right Since 2009

    The Big Lead "This video is fun stuff. Stephen A. Smith returned to ESPN before the 2011 NBA Finals. He has never correctly picked the NBA Champion before the Finals, going 0 for 6. He was not at ESPN for a two-year period before that, but I found this transcript of his appearance on MSNBC in May of 2010,..." June 21

  • Wizards Targeting Tony Brown, Chad Iske, Sidney Lowe As Assistants

    Real GM Basketball "Scott Brooks is targeting Tony Brown, Chad Iske and Sidney Lowe for his bench with the Washington Wizards." June 16

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft 2.0

    Fox Sports "While the NBA Finals have fully captured America's imagination over the past two weeks, it's easy to forget that the NBA Draft is slowly creeping toward us. Correction, it's not "slowly creeping toward us," it's basically right here, with slightly more than a week until Adam Silver steps to the..." June 15

  • Craig Sager will join ESPN's coverage of Warriors-Cavaliers Game 6

    Yahoo! Sports "Well, this is awesome: ESPN announced Wednesday morning that Craig Sager, legendary sideline reporter for Turner Sports' NBA coverage and soon-to-be recipient of the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2016 ESPYs, will join the ABC/ESPN broadcast crew for Thursday's Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals..." June 15

  • Wizards to hire Tony Brown as their lead assistant coach

    Bullets Forever "Since Scott Brooks was hired as the Wizards' head coach, he has taken his time in regard to hiring his assistant coaching staff. Though Rex Kalamian -- one of his long-time assistants -- turned him down to stay with the Raptors, Brooks has moved on quickly. Former Nets interim head coach Tony..." June 11

  • Wizards to hire Tony Brown as an assistant

    Today's Fastbreak "Despite hiring Scott Brooks weeks ago, the Washington Wizards are still trying to secure their coaching staff. According to reports, Tony Brown is about to help the NBA franchise in that process, as a deal between the two parties to have him become an assistant coach is close to being..." June 11

  • Jared Dudley on KD2DC: ‘I don’t see it’

    Washington Post "If there remains a buzz about the possibility of Kevin Durant joining the Wizards in free agency, it is happening at pretty modest audible levels. Wizards fans, meanwhile, now appear about as optimistic about the prospect as they do about their team winning a championship anytime soon. Sure, when..." June 10

  • John Wall on All-NBA voting: ‘I got snaked twice’

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "John Wall isn't one to keep his feelings to himself when it comes to what he perceives as a lack of respect around the NBA, from not getting the whistles from game officials to All-Star voting by fans to voting for end-of-season awards by media. Last week, he was not only left off the three..." June 10

  • The Olympics would be better off without NBA players

    Fox Sports "I love the Olympics. I live for the Olympics. I've been excited about Rio since an hour before the London Closing Ceremony began. I love the big events (swimming, track, gymnastics) as much as the minor-leaguers (shooting, archery, racewalking). Shoot, I'll even willingly watch diving - only in..." June 08

  • Data shows NBA players are dropping $42,500 per month

    Sporting News "NBA players make a lot of money, so that gives them the freedom to spend that money, which data shows they do. According to a San Francisco Chronicle report on data provided by financial advisors Personal Capital, players are dropping about $42,500 a month — or $510,000 a year — on expenses...." June 08

  • Referees union calls for end of NBA's 'Last Two-Minute' reports

    ESPN "The National Basketball Referees Association has called for the NBA to stop releasing its Last Two Minute Reports. In a statement released Tuesday, the NBRA says the NBA's effort to "promote so-called transparency will cause more harm than good for the officials and the game." "Transparency..." June 08

  • NBA Referees Are Officially Pretty Sick Of Having Their Work Publicly Critiqued By The League

    Dime Magazine "The NBA’s intentions were good when it decided to add a dose of clarity to officiating down the stretch of close games. Toward the tale end of last season, newly-implemented “Last Two-Minutes Reports” received nothing but positive attention across the basketball world. The league’s decision to..." June 07

  • NBA creates Pride Month T-shirt line with every team's logo in rainbows

    OutSports.com "The NBA has unveiled a new line of apparel for Pride Month, the likes of which hasn't been done before in men's professional sports, to our knowledge. The League, in conjunction with Teespring, has created T-shirts of every one of the NBA's 30 teams that feature each team's logo in rainbows...." June 07

  • Raptors assistant turns down offers from Rockets, Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors assistant coach Rex Kalamian has turned down offers from the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards to remain a part of Dwane Casey’s staff, TNT’s David Aldridge is reporting. Kalamian reportedly interviewed for the then-vacant head coaching position for the Rockets, eventually..." June 06

  • Why a one-and-one contract wouldn't work for Kevin Durant in Washington

    Bullets Forever "Throughout Kevin Durant's free agency saga, most analysts agree that the smart move for Durant would be to sign a two-year deal, with a player option on the second year (AKA a "one-and-one" deal). By signing a deal like that, Durant could opt out next season and sign a bigger five-year max..." June 06

  • John Wall might miss training camp, but could be healthiest in three years

    CBS Sports "John Wall had a disappointing year last season. His individual numbers were good under a new, faster-paced system now-fired coach Randy Wittman designed. But his defense fell off a cliff due to exhaustion and the Wizards lazed about in mediocrity before missing the playoffs. In an interview..." June 04

  • Wall: Wizards need 3rd star, but giving free agent Durant space

    Yahoo! Sports "John Wall reluctantly went under the knife for the first time in his life and now he was bedridden, unable to move or shower because of surgeries on both knees, and feeling quite icky in his room at Cleveland Clinic. His mother, Frances Pulley, was at his side on Mother's Day. His agent, Rich..." June 04

  • Wizards recruiting Rex Kalamian to coaching staff, according to report

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards have had their new head coach Scott Brooks for awhile. He has been spotted with key players like Marcin Gortat and even abroad with Tomas Satoransky. Now, Brooks is making moves to get his coaching staff into place. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Brooks is recruiting Toronto..." June 04

  • Adam Silver, faced with surge, to seek rule nullifying Hack-a-Shaq

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said he would use his "bully pulpit" to try to force through reform to eliminate the intentional fouling of poor free throw shooters, also known as the "Hack-a-Shaq" strategy. Silver was speaking in his annual address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals. In the same..." June 02

  • Wizards' John Wall wins 2015-16 NBA Cares Community Assist Award

    USA Today "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has been given the season-long 2015-16 NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his charitable efforts and year-long dedication to community outreach, the league announced Wednesday. Wall, 25, has been extremely active in giving back to the community during..." June 01

  • Techies Are Trying to Turn the NBA Into the World’s Biggest Sports League

    Wired "Los Angeles Clippers were just getting used to being a good basketball team. After more than three decades of irrelevance—and only four winning seasons—they’d finally found that magic mix of talent and cohesion and had become a division-winning powerhouse practically overnight. But then they hit..." May 31

  • For Wizards, $23 million for Bradley Beal is the price of NBA free agency

    Washington Post "Bradley Beal has not refrained from publicly quantifying his worth with free agency looming this summer. Last week, he restated that he believes he deserves a maximum contract. He hopes and expects the Washington Wizards will offer it. He wants to stay in Washington, but acknowledged he will look..." May 27

  • Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

    CSN Philly "Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials. Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item”..." May 26

  • Adam Silver: Officials get it right ‘roughly 90 percent’ of the time

    ESPN "Commissioner Adam Silver says the NBA doesn't have a choice on whether to be as transparent as possible in determining whether key crunch-time plays were officiated correctly "with so many cameras focused on the action, with so many other kinds of services providing that same information to our..." May 26

  • All NBA-Teams Announced; Will Anthony Davis Get His Extra $24 Mil

    Black Sports Online "The answer to the Anthony Davis question is no. He had to make at least All-NBA 3rd team to make his extra $24 million and he did not. While he isn’t hurting for cash, you can’t make up $24 million. Damian Lillard though….. Anything else surprise you about the teams? Here is a..." May 26

  • 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 26

  • 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

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