Wizards Rumors & News

  • John Wall agrees to four-year, $170 million contract extension with Wizards

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news. Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be..." July 21

  • Ted Leonsis: ‘I predict John Wall will sign’ extension with Wizards

    Washington Post "For the first time in franchise history, the Washington Wizards have become a luxury-tax paying team, and on Wednesday, majority owner Ted Leonsis indicated he will continue to spend to keep the core intact. “I think we’ve proven that we have as much resources and as much tools as anybody in..." July 20

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • John Wall Expected to Sign Designated Player Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest questions surrounding the Washington Wizards may soon be resolved. Team owner Ted Leonsis said Wednesday he's confident John Wall will sign a long-term extension with the Wizards, the Washington Post's Candace Buckner reported. "My prediction is John Wall will sign his..." July 19

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • Jodie Meeks thinks he and the Wizards are a 'perfect fit'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Following his team's exit in the second round of the NBA Playoffs, Wizards head coach Scott Brooks looked ahead to the offseason and mentioned his preference for more three-point shooting. The Wizards were eighth in the NBA in three-point percentage (37.2), which is very good. But they were just..." July 16

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • John Wall remains in no hurry to sign super-max extension

    Washington Post "John Wall believes trading for a superstar should be a no-brainer, a move that should be seriously considered at any cost, no matter how people might perceive it. Over the years Wall has been a reporter’s delight because of his tell-it-like-it-is nature. But his candor has produced consequences..." July 11

  • John Wall defends comments about Otto Porter, says they are all good

    Fanrag Sports "No matter what the Washington Wizards do this offseason, the future of 2019 free agent John Wall is what matters most. The four-time All-Star answered questions from FanRag Sports during halftime of the Wizards’ Summer League game Monday afternoon. The responses included two important..." July 11

  • 'No one wants to play' in Utah, former Jazz guard Trey Burke says

    Sporting News "Looks like the Warriors were right after all. Matt Barnes was one Golden State player who said the Warriors were rooting for the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs because the night life in Los Angeles is better than it is in Salt Lake City. Former Jazz point guard Trey Burke..." July 10

  • Wizards Will Match Offer Sheet For Otto Porter

    Hoops Rumors "As expected, the Wizards announced they will match the Nets’ four-year, $106.5MM offer to Otto Porter, tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. Porter still has to pass a physical before the move becomes official, notes David Aldridge of TNT (Twitter link). Washington had until 11pm..." July 09

  • Bogdanovic signs 2-year, $21M deal with Pacers after Wiz pull qualifying offer

    Sportando " As reported by David Aldridge, the Washington Wizards have renounced to the rights to Bojan Bogdanovic. The player has already agreed to a two-year $21 mln deal with the Pacers, per Adrian Wojnarowski. " July 07

  • Nets' offer sheet to Porter has unusual wrinkle

    Newsday "The Nets made the Wizards wait until just after 7 p.m. ET Thursday before delivering their offer sheet for restricted free agent forward Otto Porter Jr., and it contained a few interesting wrinkles. According to ESPN reports, it includes a 15 percent trade kicker and a fourth-year player option...." July 07

  • Wizards haven’t yet received Otto Porter’s Nets offer sheet

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Wizards reportedly plan to match Otto Porter‘s four-year, $106,524,975 offer sheet from the Nets. But, even with the moratorium ending at noon Eastern today, Washington can’t yet – because Brooklyn hasn’t delivered the offer sheet. The Wizards will have two days to match once the offer..." July 06

  • Wizards could go sign-and-trade route with Bojan Bogdanovic, get back trade exception

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The signing of Mike Scott on Tuesday makes the departure of Bojan Bogdanovic all but certain for the Wizards, who added a three-point shooting forward at the veteran minimum of $1.7 million. The Wizards, however, haven't pulled Bogdanovic's qualifying offer nor will they, league sources tell..." July 05

  • Nets, Otto Porter Agree To Max Offer Sheet

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets and Otto Porter have reached an agreement on a four-year, maximum salary deal, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical (Twitter link). Because Porter is a restricted free agent, Brooklyn will have to sign Porter to an offer sheet, and the Wizards will have the opportunity to match..." July 05

  • Washington Wizards forward Porter to meet with the Utah Jazz

    Fanrag Sports "With knowledge that star forward Gordon Hayward would not be returning to Utah next season, the Jazz have scheduled a meeting with Washington Wizards restricted free agent Otto Porter. Porter has been the topic of several reports in recent days. The Sacramento Kings reportedly made a max offer..." July 05

  • Otto Porter suitors are falling as Nets’ hope grows

    New York Post "The Nets just moved a step — or two — closer to landing top offseason target Otto Porter Jr. Sacramento already had extended Porter a four-year, $106 million offer sheet, but the Wizards restricted free agent opted to visit other teams before signing it. With Brooklyn believed to be meeting..." July 04

  • Wizards signing Mike Scott

    Pro Basketball Talk "As they wait out Otto Porter – the productive small forward who’s exploring restricted free agency – the Wizards are still filling out their bench. Washington’s latest addition: Mike Scott. Scott and his brother arrested during a 2015 traffic stop, and drugs were found in their car. Scott..." July 04

  • Kings Offer Otto Porter Four-Year, $106M Max Contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Sacramento Kings have offered Otto Porter a four-year, $106 million max contract. The Washington Wizards have match rights since Porter is a restricted free agent. Porter has been negotiating with the Wizards on a five-year deal." July 02

  • Wizards sign free agent guard Jodie Meeks to multi-year deal

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Wizards have found more help for their bench, as on Sunday they came to an agreement on a two-year deal with free agent shooting guard Jodie Meeks. Shams Charinia of Yahoo! Sports first reported the deal. Meeks, 29, will earn $7 million over two years." July 02

  • Kings To Meet With Otto Porter

    Hoops Rumors "The Kings are expected to meet with free agent forward Otto Porter today, reports Sam Amick of USA Today (Twitter link). Porter, 24, is a restricted free agent, having received a qualifying offer last week from the Wizards. The 6’8″ forward met with Washington on Saturday, but the two sides..." July 02

  • Wizards offer John Wall 4-year, $170 million 'supermax' extension

    ESPN "The Washington Wizards have offered John Wall a four-year contract extension for roughly $170 million, but the All-Star point guard will take some time to consider the offer, sources said. The contract offer, known as "the supermax" as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, is..." July 01

  • Wizards Interested in Otto Porter For Paul George Sign-and-Trade

    SLAM Online "The Washington Wizards would reportedly have interest in a sign-and-trade deal for Paul George centered around Otto Porter and a future draft pick. Washington has been weighing their options with Porter, who will command a lucrative contract as a restricted free agent. According to ESPN’s..." June 30

  • Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Reportedly Nets' Free-Agency Targets

    Bleacher Report "The Brooklyn Nets are reportedly planning to make a significant push for Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter and Detroit Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in free agency. Marc Stein of ESPN noted Friday both the Wizards and Pistons are "bracing" for the Nets to make lucrative offers to..." June 30

  • Melo may orchestrate trade to Wizards or 76ers

    Sportress of Blogitude "A new report concerning Carmelo Anthony’s uncertain future with the New York Knicks suggests the superstar is “toying with the idea of orchestrating” a trade to either the Washington Wizards or Philadelphia 76ers. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports sources close to Anthony say he’s..." June 27

  • John Wall Recruiting Paul George To Wizards

    Real GM Basketball "John Wall admitted he is attempting to recruit Paul George to the Washington Wizards. "I am talking to some guys, Paul. I know his ultimate goal of where he wants to be. I'm trying to see if we can make something happen," Wall told The Undefeated before the NBA Awards on Monday night. The..." June 27

  • Otto Porter, Bojan Bogdanovic Receive Qualifying Offers

    Hoops Rumors "Otto Porter and Bojan Bogdanovic have received qualifying offers from the Wizards, making the duo restricted free agents, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post tweets. The qualifying offer for Porter, worth $7,732,904, was a mere formality. He will be one of the most sought-after restricted..." June 27

  • Wizards like Tim Frazier's ability to contribute right away as John Wall's backup

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Keeping the 52nd pick in Thursday's NBA Draft would have offered the Wizards another young player to develop, but as they took stock of the players on their roster and those likely to be available late in the second round, they determined the best course of action was to acquire a sure..." June 25

  • Wizards remain intent on signing Otto Porter and John Wall to new deals, president Ernie Grunfeld says

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Each time Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld or head coach Scott Brooks refer to their team's future, they include Otto Porter's name despite the latter just days away from being a restricted free agent. He does not yet have a long-term contract, but the Wizards remain hopeful they can come to an..." June 25

  • Ratings for 2017 NBA Draft on ESPN are up from 2016

    Awful Announcing "This year’s NBA Draft which had plenty of buzz going into the event certainly scored for ESPN. The Draft averaged a 2.7 overnight rating which is up 13% from last year’s event. It peaked at a 4.0 rating in the 8:15-8:30 p.m. ET quarter-hour. ESPN is really ecstatic about its streaming numbers...." June 23

  • Wizards acquire Tim Frazier from Pelicans

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Wizards have acquired point guard Tim Frazier from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for the team’s second-round draft pick (52nd overall) in the 2017 NBA draft, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Frazier is coming off his first season in the NBA with..." June 22

  • John Wall felt slighted “only” making third team All-NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "Six guards make the All-NBA Team each year. There are more than six deserving candidates — Klay Thompson and Chris Paul didn’t make the final cut this year. It’s brutal to try to make the top six. As someone with a vote, and I think I can speak for others I know here, I sweat which six should..." June 21

  • Paul George Trade Rumors: Cavs, Clippers, Rockets, Lakers, Wizards Among Suitors

    Bleacher Report "We knew the list of Paul George suitors would be long. Now we have a handful of teams that have reportedly had tangible discussions with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's NBA draft. ESPN's Marc Stein reported the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards..." June 20

  • ESPN Will Reportedly Bring Paul Pierce To NBA Countdown Full-Time Next Season

    Uproxx "There’s been an awful lot of shakeup over at ESPN the past few months, with the Worldwide Leader parting ways with some of its most high-profile and well-respected talent. But they’ve also done a few things right recently. The Jump with Rachel Nichols is one of the savvier and more entertaining..." June 13

  • Beal: Relationship with Wall 'better than it has ever been'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "In an age when athletes have so many venues to share their opinions, we are used to seeing them in 140 characters at a time or on The Players' Tribune, but Bradley Beal took to his own blog to discuss his developing relationship with John Wall, the importance of Scott Brooks and more. Beal..." June 09

  • Players Eligible For Rookie Scale Extensions In 2017

    Hoops Rumors "July 1 marks the start of the NBA’s new league year. At that point, players eligible for free agency will be able to begin negotiating and reaching contract agreements with suitors. In addition to those free agents, another group of players will also become eligible to sign new deals. For..." June 05

  • Olympics considering adding 3-on-3 basketball as event

    Fanrag Sports "The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, appear to have a new event on the horizon. According to the Associated Press, 3-on-3 basketball “is all but certain” to be added to the new list of events, which includes skateboarding and sport climbing. “It would certainly be a perfect fit,” said..." June 04

  • Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. receives PRP treatment on right knee

    Washington Post "Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. received platelet-rich plasma injections in his right knee Friday in Los Angeles, according to several people close to the situation. Oubre, a second-year player who played through pain during the Wizards’ playoff run, is not expected to undergo..." June 03

  • Why Adam Silver’s comments on the ‘one-and-done’ rule miss the mark

    Fox Sports "NBA commissioner Adam Silver joined FS1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of the NBA on Wednesday. And while issues such as “super teams” and resting players are always hot-button, Silver’s most intriguing response may have come following a question on..." June 01

  • Adam Silver: NBA rethinking one-and-done rule

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has never been one adverse to change since he took over that role from David Stern. For the most part, it has helped the Association move on from a bygone era that saw popularity dwindle. We can conclude the on-court product has played a role in this, but Silver’s..." May 31

  • Sit Down, Be Humble: An NBA Champion's Guide to Ring Chasing

    Bleacher Report "For the last two seasons, veteran power forward David West has sacrificed bigger roles and much bigger contracts for the sake of being on championship-contending teams. So if he fails to win a ring with the Golden State Warriors in the next few weeks, as he did with the San Antonio Spurs this time..." May 31

  • Report: Emeka Okafor eyeing NBA comeback

    Larry Brown Sports "Emeka Okafor hasn’t played in the NBA since the beginning of Barack Obama’s second term, but he’s not giving up just yet. Jon Krawczynski‏ of the Associated Press reports on Tuesday that the former Rookie of the Year has been cleared to return to the court and is pursuing an NBA comeback." May 31

  • LeBron And Other NBA Stars Are High On ESPN’s List Of 100 Most Popular Athletes

    Dime Magazine "LeBron James isn’t the most popular athlete in the world, but he’s close. ESPN released its annual list of the 100 most popular athletes on the planet on Tuesday, with Cristiano Ronaldo nabbing the top spot again. James, the top NBA player on the list, was second yet again. Other NBA players..." May 30

  • John Wall Says Bench Was Wizards' 'Downfall,' Wishes Kelly Oubre Played More

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is stuck at home with the NBA Finals on the horizon, and he pointed the finger of blame at his bench on Sunday. "We need to help our bench," per CSN's Chase Hughes (h/t Dan Feldman of NBC Sports). "Just to be honest, that was our downfall in each series..." May 28

  • Playoffs Could Have Fewest Games In Expanded Format Era, Bring Down Cap

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Playoffs will have one of the fewest number of game since the first round was expanded from a five-game series to a seven-game series in 2003. Depending on the length of The Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers, there will be anywhere between 78 games..." May 26

  • Nets Will Pursue Otto Porter, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

    Hoops Rumors "The Nets are planning an aggressive push for restricted free agents again, with Washington’s Otto Porter and Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as targets, tweets Keith Smith of RealGM. It would be the continuation of a strategy that resulted in a four-year, $75MM offer sheet for Portland’s..." May 26

  • John Wall calls out Wizards’ bench

    Sportsnaut "In the John Wall era, the Washington Wizards have made the playoffs four times. But while they’ve consistently advanced past the first round, the Wizards have yet to see the conference finals. Washington was downed in six games by the Indiana Pacers and Atlanta Hawks in 2014 and 2015,..." May 26