Wizards Rumors & News

  • Twins Marcus, Markieff Morris each fined by league for separate instances

    Pro Basketball Talk "Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris have a special bond, one that includes doing so much together on the basketball court — playing at the same high school, the same AAU team, then going to college together at Kansas, and even playing together in the NBA for a while together with the Suns (they are..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • NBA Rumors: Clippers could be good trade partner with for Beal

    Hoops Hype "The Washington Wizards could have a very different team next season if the front office decides to break up the duo of John Wall and Bradley Beal. During a recent podcast, several media members discussed whether the Wizards should reassemble their roster in the offseason. They pointed to an..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Wizards need Bradley Beal to be better to have chance in series with Raptors

    NBC Sports Washington "The Bradley Beal who dominated the Raptors during the regular season, the guy who made the All-Star team and was the Wizards' best player for much of the year was just not the same for the first two games of Washington's first round playoff series with Toronto. Beal was fine in the Wizards'..." April 18

  • Wizards head coach throws John Wall, Bradley Beal under the bus after latest loss

    Sportsnaut "It’s becoming a continuing theme around Washington Wizards land. Lose a game in an embarrassing fashion, and listen to head coach Scott Brooks attempt to explain away the struggles by calling out his best players. Following a 130-119 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the Eastern..." April 18

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Wizards stars John Wall, Bradley Beal say refs missed calls in Game 1 loss to Raptors

    ESPN "Washington Wizards All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal felt there were a few officiating calls missed against them during Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, and they are ready to adjust to that for Game 2. Beal said Tuesday that the Raptors were especially..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • How John Wall went from ‘fat’ (his word) to six-pack abs while recovering from surgery

    Washington Post "John Wall glanced at a photo from September, taken after the Washington Wizards’ final practice of training camp. Wall’s back is to the camera and his shirt is pulled up, revealing a torso sculpted into a V — a body that looked ready for a beach photo shoot. Months later, Wall scoffed. “If you..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • How Raptors intend to slow down Wizards dynamo John Wall

    Sportsnet "Spirits are high for the Toronto Raptors, and perhaps more so their perpetually distressed fan base, following Saturday evening’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards. And they should be. The Raptors hit a boatload of threes, won the rebounding battle, and overwhelmed Washington’s defence..." April 15

  • How Raptors killed their playoff demons and proved their new look works in Game 1 vs. Wizards

    CBS Sports "At halftime, the takes came flying in: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can't get their act together in the playoffs. The Playoff Raptors are back. It is a Game 1, so of course Toronto is losing at halftime. Déjà vu! Indeed, the Raptors trailed the Washington Wizards after 24 minutes at the Air..." April 15

  • Kyle Lowry says Raptors' Game 1 against Wizards is 'our Game 7'

    CBS Sports "The Toronto Raptors are holders of one of the most bizarre losing streaks in the sporting world. Entering their first-round series with the Washington Wizards, which starts on Saturday afternoon, the Raptors have lost 10 straight Game 1s. Making it even stranger is the fact that six of those..." April 13

  • Jodie Meeks facing 25-game suspension for violation of anti-drug program

    ESPN "Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks will be suspended 25 games for violating the NBA/NBPA anti-drug program, a punishment that will prevent him from being on the team's postseason roster, league sources told ESPN. Meeks tested positive for banned compounds ipamorelin and..." April 13

  • Wizards 'not scared' and 'relieved' to draw Raptors

    Washington Post "The inconsistent season had crawled to a close. Inside Amway Center visitor’s locker room in Orlando, Washington Wizards backup center Jason Smith picked at plate of chicken thigh meat. As Smith waited for his meal to cool, he salivated over the taste of the playoffs. “This is fun time now,”..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Ty Lawson Signs with the Wizards, Back in the NBA

    247 Sports "Ty Lawson is back in the NBA. After playing the majority of the season with the Shandong Golden Stars of the Chinese Basketball Association, the former UNC point guard signed a contract with the Washington Wizards. The Wizards are 43-39 this season and have clinched the No. 8 playoff seed in..." April 12

  • John Wall thinks Mitchell, Simmons should both win Rookie of the Year

    NBC Sports "There are several NBA awards races this season that are either unusually close to call or affected greatly by injuries and none of them have drawn more attention than Rookie of the Year. That's because the NBA has two worthy candidates in Philadelphia 76ers forward Ben Simmons and Utah Jazz..." April 11

  • Tomas Satoransky patches Wizards’ annual hole

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tomas Satoransky operates at his own pace. The Wizards drafted Satoransky No. 32 in 2012, when he was playing for Sevilla. He didn’t feel ready for the NBA, so he stayed in Spain. His contract with Sevilla expired in 2014. He still didn’t feel ready and signed with Barcelona. He even signed an..." April 09

  • Marcin Gortat ‘Agrees Completely’ With Scott Brooks Calling The Wizards Selfish

    Dime Magazine "The Wizards are not in a great place right now. Washington has lost four in a row, including losses to the Bulls and Hawks, to fall to eighth in the Eastern Conference and possibly square off with the Raptors in the first round. The seventh seed, as of now, seems like the desired spot in the..." April 09

  • Wizards' Morris fined $15K for inappropriate language to referee

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris has been fined $15,000 for "directing inappropriate comments toward a game official," according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today. Morris was ejected in the first quarter of Friday's game against the Atlanta Hawks after receiving two technical fouls, as..." April 08

  • Wizards head coach seemingly puts John Wall on blast

    Sportsnaut "The Washington Wizards are in the midst of yet another late-season meltdown. Fresh off blowing a 16-point fourth quarter lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Washington lost to the lowly Atlanta Hawks on Friday night. It’s just the latest example of this team limping into the playoffs big..." April 08

  • Marcus Morris: 'I'd hate to see my brother' Markieff, Wizards first in playoffs

    ESPN "Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris said there's only one of three possible first-round playoff opponents he'd prefer to avoid: His brother, Markieff, and the Washington Wizards. After sounding off about the "disrespect" the injury-ravaged Celtics feel when they hear pundits suggest teams..." April 07

  • Brothers Marcus, Markieff Morris ejected from games on same night

    Pro Basketball Talk "Brothers Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are close. They often seem to be on the same page, even though they play for different teams in different cities. That was the case on Friday night when both were ejected from separate games. First, it Was Markieff with a strange, quiet, fast..." April 07

  • Scott Brooks rips ‘selfish’ Wizards after loss

    Larry Brown Sports "Scott Brooks was extremely critical of his team following an embarrassing loss on Friday. The Washington Wizards lost at home to the Atlanta Hawks 103-97. Keep in mind that the Wizards are battling for a higher seed in the Eastern Conference standings entering the playoffs, while the Hawks are..." April 07

  • John Wall on strange clutch-time decisions vs. LeBron, Cavs: 'I don't get those same calls' as James

    Bleacher Report "The Washington Wizards blew a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in Thursday night's 119-115 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and their hopes were dashed once and for all when John Wall's pass intended for Markieff Morris was intercepted by Cedi Osman with 2.5 seconds remaining. Speaking to..." April 06

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • John Wall Wants To ‘Make A Statement’ Against Cleveland And Boston To End The Regular Season

    Uproxx "The Washington Wizards are playoff-bound and, with that in mind, the team’s season-long goals remain attainable. With that said, the Wizards haven’t lived up to expectations over the course of the campaign and that has been doubly true in the recent past, with 11 losses over the past 17..." April 05

  • Report: John Wall will play vs. Cavs tonight

    Clutch Points "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will play tonight against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Chris Miller of NBC Sports Washington. The All-Star had been sidelined for the better part of two months with a knee injury, coming back to the floor at the end of last month in a win..." April 05

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • John Wall was the answer to a Jeopardy! question on Tuesday night

    NBC Sports Washington "I've long held that you've never made it as a pro athelte until your name is the clue on a Jeopardy! question. John Wall, then, has officially made it. Wall's name made a brief apperance during Tuesday night's game" April 04

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. is in the Wizards’ doghouse for his defense, not his shooting slump

    Washington Post "The shots are there, and Kelly Oubre Jr. keeps taking them. As he elevates in open space around the arc, Oubre remembers the mechanics from last summer, when he completely reimagined his jumper and improved as a three-point shooter. Each time, he trusts in his work, in himself, then takes the..." April 03

  • Tomas Satoransky says what everyone is thinking, that avoiding LeBron would be smart in playoffs

    NBC Sports Washington "If it wasn't already obvious to anyone who has watched the NBA since, oh, 2003 it has to be clear now that teams like the Celtics and Sixers have suffered injuries to their best players: the Wizards might have a better chance of advancing in the playoffs if they do not play the Cleveland Cavaliers..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • John Wall Didn’t Believe Wizards Were Better Without Him

    SLAM Online "John Wall rejoined the Wizards’ lineup Saturday after missing more than two months, scoring 15 points and handing out 14 assists in a 107-93 win against the visiting Charlotte Hornets, and re-affirmed that Washington is an obviously better team with him on the floor. Wall, 27, says it was..." April 02

  • The Washington Wizards are back in the playoffs

    Yardbarker "John Wall would return to the Wizards on Saturday, but that’s not all. With their 107-93 win over the Hornets, they are back in the playoffs. The Wizards are just 4-6 over their last 10, but they are now one of 6 Eastern Conference teams to clinch. But if the playoffs were to start today,..." March 31

  • John Wall Has No Minute Restriction in Knee Injury Return, Scott Brooks Says

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks said point guard John Wall will not have a minute restriction in his first game back from a knee injury when the Wiz host the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, according to Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. Wall hasn't played since Jan. 25 after he underwent..." March 31

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • John Wall expected to rejoin Washington Wizards' lineup Saturday vs. Charlotte Hornets

    NBA.com "After two months, it appears the Washington Wizards are getting their primary playmaker back. Five-time All-Star John Wall is expected to return to the Wizards' lineup on Saturday as they host Charlotte Hornets, reports NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller. It would be Wall's first game..." March 31

  • Wizards F Otto Porter Jr. sprains ankle vs. Pistons

    Sportsnaut "With the playoffs right around the corner, the Washington Wizards got some bad news during Thursday’s game against the Detroit Pistons. Forward Otto Porter Jr. left the game with an ankle injury. The injury did not look good. He eventually left the floor, putting no weight on the injured..." March 30

  • John Wall activated vs. Pistons, will not play

    The Score "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall is one step closer to returning. Wall will dress and be activated for Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons following two months off to recover from knee surgery, but he will not play, the team announced. He was initially ruled as questionable..." March 29

  • Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Grant Hill to enter Basketball Hall of Fame

    ESPN "Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Grant Hill have been notified of their inductions into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2018, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. A formal announcement of the full 2018 Hall of Fame class will come at a Final Four news conference in San..." March 29

  • The wait for John Wall continues: Wizards guard has ‘no idea’ when he’ll return to games

    Washington Post "John Wall tied the collar of his practice jersey and draped it around his neck. The knotted jersey bore the resemblance of a cape, and Wall, the five-time all-star, looked like the Washington Wizards’ version of a comic-book hero: able to withstand the rigors of two full-contact practices and save..." March 27

  • New-look John Wall discusses injury rehab for first time in months, says he feels great

    NBC Sports Washington "It had been so long since John Wall met with the media to discuss his left knee injury that a different version of the five-time All-Star stepped in front of the cameras to field questions about his recovery on Monday afternoon. Sporting a new hairstyle and a red headband, Wall was in good..." March 26

  • YouTube TV to become first ever presenting sponsor of the NBA Finals

    Awful Announcing "Last fall, YouTube TV served as the presenting sponsor for the World Series, plastering its logo all across the Fox broadcast and using a play-button image behind home plate to create the illusion that the entire game was a YouTube video. Now, the streaming service is at it again, having..." March 26

  • Bradley Beal offers harsh assessment of Wizards who continue to lose ground in playoff race

    NBC Sports Washington "Elvin Hayes, Phil Chenier and the 1977-78 Bullets deserved better than this. While hosting some of the best players in franchise history to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their lone NBA championship, the Wizards put in one of their worst performances of the season, a 101-97 loss to a Knicks..." March 26