Wizards Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Wizards' contract conundrum with Otto Porter speaks to larger NBA issue

    Sporting News "Otto Porter was sitting on a stanchion by the sideline at TD Garden in Boston a little more than a month ago, reflecting on the kind of year it had been, easily the best of his career. “I put in a lot of work, I just wanted to get better and better at the things I could do to help this team..." May 24

  • Several Teams Interested In Otto Porter

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards have no intention of letting Otto Porter walk in restricted free agency, but a bevy of rival teams will try to pry him from Washington, Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports. The Nets have long been interested in Porter and Deveney adds that the Sixers and Magic will consider making..." May 23

  • Where Can Carmelo Anthony Go?

    Complex "It's going to be an interesting summer for Carmelo Anthony no matter what ends up happening to the Knicks star. There's the potential of a divorce hanging over his head (check the gossip pages), and Melo knows Knicks team president Phil Jackson wants nothing to do with the future Hall of Famer..." May 23

  • Wizards hope to sign John Wall to contract extension this offseason

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Wizards haven't reached out to John Wall yet, but they expect to discuss an extension this summer with the four-time All-Star since he was named to the All-NBA for the first time in his seven-year career. An extension with Wall will be the top priority of the offseason in which Otto Porter..." May 22

  • Rockets, Wizards almost certainly would've tested Cavs, Warriors more than this

    CBS Sports "The Warriors and Cavaliers were always going to meet in the Finals. We knew this last June when the buzzer sounded on Game 7. We knew this in July when Kevin Durant signed with Golden State. We knew it in preseason. We knew it on Christmas, at the trade deadline, at the end of the season, and..." May 21

  • Hawks reach out to assistant GMs with Warriors, Wizards, to fill Atlanta’s top spot

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Atlanta Hawks need a new General Manager/head of basketball operations, and they are not afraid to think big — they asked Portland if they could speak to GM Neil Olshey about a new job, but were shot down. Besides the big name targets, they are looking at some of the more respected..." May 20

  • JR Smith, Richard Jefferson Respond to Bradley Beal Saying Cavs Didn’t Want to See Wizards

    Black Sports Online "It’s an actual fact, but Bradley Beal shouldn’t be the one delivering the message. NBA logic suggest that the Washington Wizards would have matched up better with the Cleveland Cavaliers, on the strength of their dynamic backcourt, and Beal harped on that point when making these comments...." May 20

  • John Wall reportedly complained of Wizards’ bench after Game 7 loss

    ESPN "John Wall put on his sunglasses and walked slowly toward the team bus after the loss with a bitter taste in his mouth, albeit a different flavor despite losing for the third time in the past four years at the same spot on the same date: the Eastern Conference semifinals on May 15. "This was..." May 19

  • Bradley Beal thinks Wizards could have given the Cavs a run for their money

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Losing in the playoffs is tough, especially when you think you could have done some damage in the next round. That's how Bradley Beal feels about the Wizards losing in Game 7 to the Boston Celtics on Monday night. If they won, they would have met the Cleveland Cavaliers and Beal would have liked..." May 19

  • Anthony Davis chosen first-team All-NBA for second time in three seasons

    NBA.com "With one week remaining in the 2016-17 regular season, Anthony Davis half-jokingly told the media that although being chosen for an All-NBA team would be meaningful for him, “last year it would’ve meant a lot more.” Davis was referring to a clause in his New Orleans Pelicans contract that..." May 18

  • Olynyk guides Celtics to Game 7 win over Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Brad Stevens thought there was a simple explanation for what happened at TD Garden Monday night. "If Kelly doesn't go nuts and they throw in a couple more threes, we're not talking about the next step," the Celtics coach said after Kelly Olynyk's huge game off the bench led Boston..." May 16

  • Marcin Gortat May Seek Trade From Wizards

    Hoops Rumors "Wizards center Marcin Gortat plans to talk to his agent this summer to determine “if this is the right fit,” tweets Candace Buckner of The Washington Post. Gortat claims he “did more sacrificing” than anyone and was underappreciated in his role with the team " May 16

  • Kelly Oubre had MRI last week, told docs not to give results until after playoffs

    Sportsnaut "Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre might need surgery to repair damage to his right knee, but he wouldn’t let doctors tell him what is wrong until after the playoffs. Oubre had an MRI last week on the injured knee but refused to hear the diagnosis. He also indicated to reporters Tuesday..." May 16

  • John Wall Says Wizards Season Wasn't 'Satisfying' After Game 7 Loss vs. Celtics

    Bleacher Report "John Wall led the Washington Wizards to the second round of the playoffs but wasn't satisfied with the overall season following Monday's 115-105 loss to the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of their series. Wall was likely disappointed with his own performance during Game 7 considering he shot just..." May 16

  • NBA Team Option Decisions For 2017/18

    Hoops Rumors "Having created a post last week to track this offseason’s player option decisions, we’re turning our attention today to team options. In the coming weeks, we’ll use the space below to keep tabs on all the team options for 2017/18, making note of whether they’re picked up or declined. True team..." May 15

  • Last Two Minute Report: Clock error denied Celtics extra second to run final play

    ESPN "The NBA acknowledged in its Last Two Minute Report on Saturday that the Boston Celtics should have had an extra second on the clock to run a final play in a Game 6 loss to the Washington Wizards. Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas missed a hurried, off-balance 3-point heave before the buzzer Friday,..." May 14

  • Wizards beat reporter Chris Miller scorns Colin Cowherd in passionate defense of John Wall

    Awful Announcing "Six and a half years ago, Colin Cowherd went on a dumb, offensive rant about John Wall, alleging that because the point guard danced before his NBA debut he was selfish and a bad teammate. Shortly after that, he attributed Wall’s supposed personality defects to growing up without a..." May 14

  • Wizards win on Wall's 3-pointer, forcing a Game 7

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Boston Celtics arrived dressed in black, hoping to bury the Washington Wizards. John Wall would not have it, not on his home-court. Wall sank a game-winning 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining as the Washington Wizards forced a Game 7 in the Eastern Conference semifinals..." May 13

  • Celtics pretty clearly robbed of time in closing seconds of Game 6 loss

    CBS Sports "After a mostly forgettable game featuring dozens of missed shots, turnovers, and fouls, Game 6 between the Celtics and Wizards turned into a classic over the final few minutes. It was neck and neck down the stretch as the Wizards battled for their playoff lives, and after Al Horford..." May 13

  • John Wall levels Celtics: 'Don't come to my city, wearing all black'

    ESPN "hanks to John Wall's late-game heroics, the Washington Wizards' season lives on. Despite the Boston Celtics' all-black pregame attire, Wall's 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds to play delivered Friday's last rites as the Wizards forced a Game 7. "Don't come to my city, wearing all black, talking..." May 13

  • NBA Teams Fed Up with Rockets' 'Jabroni' Foul-Drawing

    Bleacher Report "What the NBA should do about the proliferation of players being fouled on three-point shot attempts is up for debate. What is not is who has practically cornered the market on how to draw them: the Houston Rockets. And for however long they are alive in these playoffs—and facing elimination in..." May 11

  • John Wall Says the Wizards Didn't Expect Derogatory Kelly Oubre Chants in Boston

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall told reporters after Wednesday's 123-101 Game 5 loss to the Boston Celtics that his team didn't expect to hear such vulgar chants directed toward Kelly Oubre Jr. in the aftermath of his physical altercation with Kelly Olynyk in Game 3. "We told him what..." May 11

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. excited to return to Boston: "People are going to be booing me"

    Washington Post "In the afternoon serenity of shoot-around before Game 5, Washington Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. moved about the TD Garden parquet floor hoisting three-pointer after three-pointer. His only impediment was the horde of reporters who huddled around Coach Scott Brooks, congesting the space where..." May 10

  • Celtics blow out Wizards, take 3-2 series lead

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The Washington Wizards did everything they could to keep Isaiah Thomas from going off on them Wednesday night. However, they forgot to cover Avery Bradley and the rest of the Celtics -- and now Boston is a win away from advancing to the Eastern Conference finals. "When you..." May 10

  • Gortat: Celtics 'want to provoke us,' Bradley threatened to beat me up

    SLAM Online "In the words of Isaiah Thomas, the Wizards and Celtics do not like each other. Wizards center Marcin Gortat doesn’t deny Thomas’ assessment, but says that the Celtics aim to provoke the hostility. Via Eurosport Poland (roughly translated by Bartosz Bielecki): After Game 2, Isaiah..." May 10

  • Isaiah Thomas Threatens Wizards Fan

    SLAM Online "During the Wizards’ 116-89 Game 4 victory, a heckler got under Isaiah Thomas’ skin. “I will f–k you up and you know that,” warned the All-Star point guard from the Celtics’ bench. The East semis are between Boston and Washington are deadlocked at two games apiece, with Game 5 set for..." May 09

  • Oprah, Popeyes and late-night vacuuming: that time Scott Brooks lived with Charles Barkley

    Washington Post "Scott Brooks didn’t want to make waves, so the first time he heard the buzzing sound in the middle of the night, he didn’t mention it to his roommate. A few weeks later, though, he heard the noise again, a loud vibrating hum out in the darkness. By the third time, he screwed up his courage and..." May 09

  • Isaiah Thomas says refs let Wizards 'hold and grab' in Game 4 rout

    ESPN "While the Wizards celebrated their game plan after limiting Boston Celtics All-Star Isaiah Thomas to two second-half points in Washington's 121-102 Game 4 triumph Sunday, Thomas vented about a lack of calls in a game in which he attempted zero free throws. Thomas, coming off a quiet 13-point..." May 08

  • Are Wizards doomed to miss Eastern Conference Finals for 38th straight year?

    The Comeback "The Washington Wizards franchise hasn’t made the Eastern Conference Finals since 1979, when they were the Washington Bullets. That’s not the far-and-away longest streak of futility in league history, however. Even recently, the Golden State Warriors weren’t present in the Western Conference Finals..." May 07

  • Beal helps Wizards even series with Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The goal for any team is playing the best when the stakes are highest. Based on how the Wizards carved up the Boston Celtics in consecutive wins, Washington is doing just that. Bradley Beal scored 29 points, and the Wizards produced 26 unanswered points in the third quarter en..." May 07

  • Kelly Olynyk: 'I don't think I'm a dirty player' following Kelly Oubre Jr suspension

    CSN New England "When you’ve been in the NBA long enough, you get a reputation for certain things whether warranted or not. The Celtics' Kelly Olynyk is a 7-footer who can shoot 3’s, excels at passing out of the post and despite being somewhat athletically awkward-looking at times, is usually in the right..." May 06

  • Washington's Kelly Oubre suspended for Game 4

    CBS Sports "The Wizards must have seen this coming. The NBA has suspended Wizards forward Kelly Oubre for Sunday's Game 4 of the team's second-round series with the Celtics for "making forceful and unwarranted contact" with Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk during Thursday's Game 3. Here is the official..." May 06