Wizards Rumors & News

  • NBA beats odds, sees gain in local ratings

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA continues to buck the television ratings trend, with both national and local viewership showing impressive gains as the league headed into the All-Star break. Nationally, NBA games on ABC, ESPN, NBA TV and TNT are showing double-digit viewership increases. The combined 15 percent jump..." February 20

  • Wizards' John Wall says he'll return to Kentucky to work on degree

    USA Today "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall plans to go back to school this summer and pursue his bachelor's degree, thereby fulfilling a promise he made to his late father. In a story published Monday night, Wall told The Washington Post that he will return to the University of Kentucky this..." February 20

  • Adam Silver after NBA All-Star success: 'Sounds like we're going to have a televised draft'

    USA Today "Toronto Raptors All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made the most vocal plea for televising the player draft immediately following Sunday’s All-Star Game. “Televise it,” he said. “Give the people what they want. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person..." February 20

  • Wizards sit in a good spot at the All-Star break after rollercoaster first half

    NBC Sports Washington "The Washington Wizards did not make any significant changes to their roster over the summer and valued continuity, knowing they had a solid group of young players on the rise. That sort of stand-pat approach could have resulted in a boring first half of the season, but the Wizards managed to..." February 20

  • Adam Silver: NBA still considering changing playoff format

    Sportsnaut "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gave his version of the state of the league address during All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles on Saturday evening. The innovative commissioner touched on a ton of topics, including the Association considering drastically changing its playoff format. It was previously..." February 18

  • John Wall 'I'm Great with Gortat!!!'

    TMZ "John Wall's not mincing words about his relationship with his Wizards teammate, Marcin Gortat ... he straight up tells us everything's cool! We got the injured NBA star leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night -- he's in town for All-Star Weekend festivities -- and asked if there's any..." February 17

  • Report: John Wall, Marcin Gortat met privately to clear air

    Clutch Points "After winning their third consecutive game without John Wall, Marcin Gortat tweeted about the Washington Wizards’ ‘great team victory’ over the Toronto Raptors. A couple days later in an interview with ESPN, Wall took Gortat’s tweet as a shot and was shocked by the comment. As the Wizards are..." February 14

  • Brandon Jennings Signs G League Contract

    Hoops Rumors "Veteran NBA guard Brandon Jennings has signed a G League contract, league sources tells Adam Johnson of 2 Ways & 10 Days (Twitter link). Having signed a G League deal, Jennings will be available on waivers, with the Wisconsin Herd – Milwaukee’s affiliate – currently holding the No. 1 priority,..." February 13

  • Ty Lawson emerges as serious candidate for deal with Wizards

    ESPN "After a season in the China Basketball Association, guard Ty Lawson has emerged as a serious candidate for a deal with the Washington Wizards, league sources told ESPN. The Wizards are still considering several point guards, including Derrick Rose, Briante Weber and Ramon Sessions, league..." February 12

  • NBA's buyout market: Which players could be available?

    USA Today "The buyout market is open for business, offering teams their last chance at upgrades ahead of the postseason. We've already seen some significant movement from guys who could potentially influence a playoff series or bolster the backend of a roster. Teams have until March 1 to add a player on..." February 12

  • Brandon Jennings Aiming To Return To NBA

    Hoops Rumors "Brandon Jennings has spent the 2017/18 season in China, but with the CBA regular season over, the veteran guard hopes to get an opportunity to return to the NBA. Speaking to Alberto De Roa of HoopsHype, Jennings says he’s currently working out in Los Angeles to stay in shape in case a team..." February 12

  • Wizards’ John Wall still on crutches for the foreseeable future

    Washington Post "Scott Brooks never went to medical school, but in his second season coaching the Washington Wizards he has grown familiar with giving physical rehabilitation updates. On Friday — and for possibly the next seven weeks — Brooks fielded questions on point guard John Wall’s recovery from an..." February 12

  • Wizards’ Tim Frazier will have surgery after taking knee to the face

    Pro Basketball Talk "Tim Frazier has been a rotational player in Washington all season for the Wizards, but it looks like he could be out for a few days after taking a need to face on Saturday night against the Chicago Bulls. Playing early in the second quarter, Frazier lost his footing while trying to threaten..." February 11

  • Bobby Portis tells Jodie Meeks to ‘shut up’ over criticism of flagrant

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis was not taking criticism of his Saturday ejection lying down. Portis was ejected from the Bulls’ game against the Washington Wizards on Saturday for a hard foul on Tomas Satoransky. Understandably, Satoransky’s teammates were not pleased with the foul. Veteran..." February 11

  • Wizards Talking To Ramon Sessions

    Hoops Rumors "Yesterday, we told you the Wizards had interest in Derrick Rose, who recently waived by the Jazz. They are also talking to another veteran point guard about filling the void left by John Wall‘s injury. The team has been in contact with Ramon Sessions ever since he was waived by the Knicks last..." February 11

  • Derrick Rose buyout rumors: Wizards join Timberwolves as interested teams

    CBS Sports "As expected, the Utah Jazz waived Derrick Rose on Saturday, paving the way for him to join another team in the near future. Rose was traded to the Jazz from the Cleveland Cavaliers last week as part of the three-team deal that sent Rodney Hood and George Hill to Cleveland, but reports indicated..." February 10

  • Washington trades Sheldon Mac to Hawks

    Clutch Points "Just moments before this season’s NBA trade deadline, news came down the wire stating that the Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks had made a deal. The Wizards will send swingman Sheldon Mac to the Hawks for a protected second round pick, according to a report from Chris Miller of NBC Sports..." February 08

  • Markieff Morris takes jab at Isaiah Thomas for ‘talking himself out of town’

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers made a trade that sent Isaiah Thomas to L.A., and Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris has an opinion on why that happened. When asked about his reaction after hearing about the trade, Morris made reference to how outspoken Thomas had been..." February 08

  • Rachel Nichols, Katie Nolan to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Awful Announcing "What do Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Diddy, Ashton Kutcher, Eva Longoria, Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Mike Golic, Mike Greenberg, Jemele Hill, Michael Smith, Kevin Hart, Drake..." February 08

  • NBA rumors: Teams shifting focus out of trade market and into buyout possibilities

    Clutch Points "Teams have started to shift their focus out of a frenzied trade deadline market, instead focusing on the buyout market soon to ensue, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The deadline for contract buyouts is March 1. Just as teams are looking to aggressively sell some of their star and role..." February 08

  • John Wall Won’t Get A Signature Adidas Shoe, But He’ll Get A Chance To Work With Kanye

    Uproxx "Like most NBA superstars, a major shoe deal is a big part of their legacy. John Wall landed his first one with Reebok as a rookie, but later jumped ship to adidas. He would subsequently end his relationship with that company as well amid reports he was unhappy with the size of his..." February 08

  • NBA Team Values 2018: Every Club Now Worth At Least $1 Billion

    Forbes.com "A weeklong selloff wiped out $4 trillion from global stock markets but don't expect the value of NBA teams to suffer. The average team is worth a record $1.65 billion, 22% over last year, and every team is worth at least $1 billion for the first time. Franchise values have tripled over the past..." February 07

  • NBA rumors: Tyreke Evans, Lou Williams headline surplus of wings available at the trade deadline

    USA Today "By the time the NBA trade deadline arrives at 3 pm EST on Thursday, at least a few general managers will be relaying the bad news to their owners. “Well sir, we weren’t able to land that first-round pick for our expendable, talented wing player because it turns out there were quite a few of..." February 07

  • Why patience may be a virtue as NBA trade deadline approaches

    New York Post "There will be buyers, sellers, renters and movers. And there is another group adorning the NBA landscape as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches: The waiters. No, not Dion’s kin or the Restaurant Workers Union, but rather executives around the league waiting to pounce on players bought out,..." February 07

  • John Wall at odds with Marcin Gortat

    Larry Brown Sports "John Wall is at odds with teammate Marcin Gortat over a tweet sent last week. After the Wizards pulled off a big win last week over the Toronto Raptors, Gortat tweeted about the team’s “unbelievable” win. But what was truly interesting is that he made sure to specifically say it was a great..." February 07

  • Players Who Are Ineligible To Be Traded At Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "At the start of any NBA season, there’s generally a long list of players who can’t be traded. Most of those players signed new contracts during the offseason and subsequently don’t become trade-eligible until at least December 15. Offseason signees who meet certain criteria don’t have their trade..." February 06

  • John Wall finds it laughable that people think the Wizards are better off without him

    NBC Sports Washington "John Wall is a five-time All-Star guard and one of the most physically gifted players in the NBA. But Wall is also currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out 6-8 weeks. Wall has already missed five games, and his teammates have picked up the slack, earning wins in all five..." February 06

  • Wizards engaged in trade talks involving Marcin Gortat

    ESPN "The Washington Wizards have been engaged in trade talks involving center Marcin Gortat, multiple sources told ESPN. Several teams have shown interest, but the Wizards are looking to improve their team now while not taking on additional long-term money, sources said. Washington has expressed..." February 06

  • Wizards Have Pursued Trade For DeAndre Jordan

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards have been interested in pursuing a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers for DeAndre Jordan but have been unable to gain any traction. Jordan is a probable free agent this offseason." February 05

  • A major NBA financial crunch is coming

    ESPN "In July 2016, the Portland Trail Blazers signed restricted free agent Meyers Leonard, their backup center, to a four-year, $41 million contract. It was at the tail end of a surge of large contracts given out that summer, the greatest time in NBA history to be a free agent. This summer, the..." February 05

  • Five players most likely to be moved before trade deadline

    Pro Basketball Talk "For all the talk of a tight trade market (and that is still the case in some quarters) we have already seen a blockbuster trade — Blake Griffin is now a Detroit Piston. We’ve also seen an expected trade, with Nikola Mirotic getting moved and the Pelicans stepping up to land him. Who else could..." February 05

  • Jodie Meeks would welcome trade from Wizards

    Clutch Points "The NBA trade deadline is an exciting time for all NBA followers; some teams trade for star players, others decide to tank and collect young prospects and draft picks. But the deadline also provides teams an opportunity to improve their depth. While these trades are not hyped up as much as those..." February 03

  • Bradley Beal, Wizards Seem To Love Playing Without John Wall

    The Big Lead "The Washington Wizards seem to love playing without John Wall. In the three games since Wall went down with a knee injury, Washington has racked up three wins by spreading the ball around to everyone. The rock moves without Wall on the floor and the team has noticed. Wall’s backcourt-mate..." February 02

  • Bradley Beal Says Raptors Are The Best Team In The East

    SLAM Online "Wizards guard Bradley Beal offered some high praise to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, calling them “the best [team] in the East right now.” In advance of the Wizards’ matchup with Toronto, Beal said that Toronto has so many threats that Washington “can’t take anybody for granted.”" February 02

  • Ex-NBA Player Rasual Butler and Wife Dead In Car Crash

    TMZ "Ex-NBA player Rasual Butler and his wife -- a singer who appeared on "American Idol" -- were both killed in a single car crash in Studio City, CA early Wednesday morning, TMZ Sports has learned. 38-year-old Butler -- who was drafted by the Miami Heat in 2002 -- lost control of his Range Rover..." January 31

  • Report: John Wall to Undergo Surgery on Knee Injury, Miss 6 Weeks

    Bleacher Report "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will reportedly undergo a procedure on his knee that will force him to miss six weeks, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reported Tuesday. He will also miss the All-Star Game. Buckner called the procedure a "clean up." ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski..." January 30

  • Wizards showed against Hawks how they can win without John Wall

    NBC Sports Washington "It's unrealistic to think the Wizards can be better without John Wall than they are with him given all the different things he does to help them win. He's their primary ball-handler, second-leading scorer and leads in the Eastern Conference in assists per game. Wall even leads the Wizards in..." January 29

  • John Wall heads to Cleveland for second opinion on bothersome knee

    Clutch Points "Washington Wizards dime maestro John Wall has been tormented with a mystery involving his bothersome left knee, which is slated to cost him his second straight game as he heads to Cleveland to get a second opinion. Wall has been dealing with knee soreness, stemming from an early-November injury —..." January 29

  • Sources: NBA Players Set for $100K Bonus for Winning ASG

    Basketball Insiders " In what appears to be an incentive to improve the competitive spirit of the NBA All-Star games, player earnings have been increased, league sources tell ESPN. Each player on the winning team will now receive $100,000 and the losing team pockets $25,000, league sources said." January 29

  • Wizards' John Wall will not play vs. Hawks due to knee soreness

    ESPN "Washington Wizards All-Star point guard John Wall will not play Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks because of a sore left knee. Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Wall is considered day-to-day. Tomas Satoransky will replace Wall in the starting lineup against the Hawks." January 27

  • Brandon Jennings Says He's Planning NBA Comeback After Stint in Chinese League

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Jennings is seeking a return to the NBA after a successful stint with the Shanxi Brave Dragons in China ended in December. On Friday, TMZ Sports passed along comments from the 28-year-old point guard, who said he's "of course" trying to get back into the league and thinks he can play..." January 26

  • Why There’s Never Been a PED Scandal in the NBA

    Complex "There’s never been a performance-enhancing drug (PED) controversy in the National Basketball Association. That hasn’t been the case for Major League Baseball, or the National Football League, where suspensions and recriminations followed the very best players like a foul fart. Nor have elite..." January 25

  • Might be time for Wizards fans to move on from their dream of a DeMarcus Cousins trade

    NBC Sports Washington "Ever since both were drafted into the NBA in 2010, many Wizards fans have called for a reunion of former college teammates John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins at the professional level. The two stars have even discussed the possibility publicly, adding to the speculation they would one day share the..." January 25

  • NBA All-Star Draft not televised due to pushback from players’ union

    Clutch Points "The 2018 NBA All-Star Draft has brought many changes to the usual format in hopes of re-invigorating the spirit of competition. Among them, is the non-televised draft in which the leading vote-getters from each conference; LeBron James and Stephen Curry, will pick among their peers to join their..." January 25

  • Wizards need to start living up to expectations, Bradley Beal says

    Sporting News "Bradley Beal is excited to be selected to his first All-Star game, but he has more on his mind than accolades. When interviewed Tuesday by TNT, Beal was asked if he was frustrated by those calling the Wizards one of the more disappointing teams in the NBA. Beal isn't upset because he can't..." January 24

  • NBA Requests New Gambling Laws, Seeks 1 Percent Cut Of Bets

    ESPN "In what could end up being a seminal moment for sports gambling in America, the NBA on Wednesday formally requested a set of laws that could be the basis for professional sports leagues pushing for national legalized wagering on games. Dan Spillane, an attorney for the NBA, testified in front..." January 24

  • Beal named All-Star reserve; will participate in Three-Point Contest

    Washington Post "Bradley Beal’s career season has reached another peak. On Tuesday, Beal, the Washington Wizards shooting guard, learned that he has been selected as a first-time all-star by Eastern Conference head coaches, according to a person familiar with the situation. Beal, who shoots 36.8 percent from..." January 23

  • John Wall on J.J. Barea after quarrel: He's 'just a little midget trying to get mad'

    CBS Sports "The Washington Wizards' strange season continued on Monday night. They had yet another uninspiring, confounding loss, falling by 23 points to the lowly Mavericks. They continue to play to the level of their competition: It was the second time in three games that they've been crushed by a team..." January 23

  • Kelly Oubre, Jr.s development is giving Wizards options both in short-term and long-term

    NBC Sports Washington "Kelly Oubre, Jr. keeps taking his game to new heights. On Friday night against the Pistons he set a new career-high with 26 points and tied a personal best with five threes. Though Oubre is not a starter, he produces like one. He is the Wizards' third-leading scorer since Thanksgiving. That's..." January 22

  • John Wall Says The Front Office May Have To ‘Figure Out’ The Wizards’ Issues If They Continue

    Dime Magazine "The Washington Wizards have been mostly treading water lately, and for a team with aspirations of being a real threat to the Conference crown this season, their fifth-place standing in the East and 6-4 record in their last 10 games isn’t nearly good enough. And if the results of players-only..." January 22