Wizards Rumors & News

  • Wizards' John Wall, Bradley Beal must put aside 'tendency to dislike each other on the court'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The high temperatures outside the arena at Las Vegas summer league, where John Wall sat courtside to watch the Wizards play, were punishing. Bradley Beal walked in with his girlfriend, fresh off agreeing to $128 million max contract, and when he sat down there was a gulf of unfilled chairs..." August 23

  • Former No. 1 Overall Pick Kwame Brown Reportedly Has His Eyes Set On An NBA Comeback

    Uproxx "really deserved the literal and metaphorical beatings he took during his disappointing NBA journeyman’s career. He didn’t ask to be the No. 1 pick in the 2001 Draft, and he certainly didn’t ask for the burden of expectation that came along with having to make front-office neophyte Michael Jordan..." August 23

  • Kevin Durant, USA blow out Serbia to win Olympic gold

    USA Today "They weren’t the Dream Team, or even the Redeem Team – not even close. But by the time Team USA’s 96-66 win against Serbia was complete on Sunday and the mission for the third consecutive gold medal was complete, only one thing mattered more than all the comparisons that always inevitably come:..." August 21

  • John Wall on schedule with knee rehab but makes no promises to be ready by season opener

    Washington Post "Throughout the offseason, Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has heard the same question. How are the knees doing? So on Saturday at his third annual John Wall Family Foundation Back to School Block Party, he came ready with answers. However, a cautious Wall opted for preaching..." August 20

  • J.J. Hickson Is Headed To China

    247 Sports "J.J. Hickson is taking his talents overseas. The 27-year-old forward is reportedly negotiating a deal in China, according to David Pick." August 20

  • NBA Moves 2017 All-Star Game To New Orleans

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has decided to hold the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans. An official announcement is expected by the end of Friday. The All-Star Game was previously scheduled to take place in Charlotte but the NBA decided to relocate it due to a state law in North Carolina that limits..." August 19

  • Wizards To Ink Casper Ware To Camp Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards have agreed to a contract with unrestricted free agent Casper Ware, Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post reports (on Twitter). The scribe labels it as a training camp deal, which means it likely includes little or no guaranteed money. Washington is well over the cap, so it is likely for..." August 18

  • Gilbert Arenas Calls Guys Fixing His Maybach Illegal Mexicans

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas never has a moment of chill whatsoever. The latest round of hilarity sees the former NBA guard going through it on Snapchat after his cushy $350K Maybach breaks down on his own ranch. Some nice gentleman stop by to help Arenas out — but what in the video as Gilbert displays no..." August 18

  • Charles Barkley Has Some Harsh Words For The U.S. Olympic Basketball Team’s Roster

    Uproxx "The U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team isn’t exactly dominating in Rio de Janiero so far. Sure, it finished the group stage 5-0, but the team had some close calls, including three-point wins over France and Serbia. With the knockout round set to start on Wednesday, the Americans have some..." August 17

  • USA Basketball’s quest for superstar continuity may be impossible

    SB Nation "When Jerry Colangelo took over USA Basketball in 2005, he had both immediate and long-term goals. He wanted to wash the taste of bronze out of America’s mouth and he wanted to build a sustainable program. On most accounts, he has succeeded. While the United States slipped in the 2006 FIBA World..." August 16

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • Morris: Brooks' coaching style is 'militaristic'

    The Score "I don't know what I've been told, Brooks' style is mighty bold. Scott Brooks, who became the 24th head coach in Washington Wizards history shortly after the 2015-16 regular season, has a reputation around NBA circles for being able to relate to players - having been a former player himself -..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Irene Pollin: Michael Jordan went haywire after Wizards ousted him

    Washington Post "Irene Pollin’s new self-published memoir examines in detail both her personal life with husband Abe Pollin, and their shared lives as civic leaders in Washington. The book, which took six years to produce, examines many of the biggest moments in Washington sports history: the arrival of the..." August 04

  • Report: Clippers, Alan Anderson agree to deal

    The Score "The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal with free agent swingman Alan Anderson, according to Dan Woike of the Orange County Register. Terms of the deal were not reported, but Anderson will likely earn the veteran's minimum with Los Angeles already well over the salary cap for next season." August 03

  • NBA union boss ‘optimistic’ there won’t be a lockout next year

    Yahoo! Sports "This July, Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. (Y’know, in case you missed it.) That was one of many, many transactions during a month in which NBA teams flush with cash thanks to a salary cap sent skyrocketing by the league’s $24 billion broadcast rights deal spent to such a..." August 02

  • Jalen Rose thinks NBA players should only get to play in the Olympics once

    USA Today "Jalen Rose stopped by the Summer of Jeep event in Chicago along with 25 students from the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The school began in 2011, and has now graduated 170 students, all who were accepted into college, trade school or the military. He brought the group to Chicago to see Team USA..." August 01

  • Wizards remain active in open market despite host of offseason moves

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "While the Wizards appear to be standing pat on their roster until training camp, they're still remaining active in the market, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. They're content with their starting five and tentatively have 13 players locked into contracts for the regular season, but that..." August 01

  • Marcus Thornton inks with Pesaro

    Sportando "Victoria LIbertas Pesaro announced the signing of Marcus Thornton. The produce of William & Mary spent his rookie season as pro in Australia with Sydney Kings averaging 12,5 points per contest." July 30

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • Bradley Beal: I grew an inch this summer

    Sporting News "Bradley Beal, as we knew, is a baller. He also got a little bit taller. Aside from being newly super-rich — he signed a max five-year, $128 deal with the Wizards — Beal on Wednesday said he's grown an inch in the offseason. Not a bad deal. We'll say preemptively that stacking money in his..." July 27

  • It would be nearly impossible for the Wizards to pull off a DeMarcus Cousins trade this summer

    Bullets Forever "Now that the KD2DC dream is dead and gone, there’s been a lot of chatter about the next way for the Wizards to acquire a superstar to pair with John Wall. The name that seems to keep coming up the most is DeMarcus Cousins. Regardless of how you feel about his antics or some of his shortcomings on..." July 26

  • Extension looks unlikely for Wizards' Otto Porter heading into 2016-17

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Otto Porter appears likely to become a restricted free agent next summer, with no movement towards an extension to his rookie scale contract with the Wizards before starting the 2016-17 season, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. Porter, drafted No. 3 overall in 2013, would end up like..." July 26

  • Trey Burke excited to join playoff-caliber Wizards

    The Score "Trey Burke is headed to the nation's capital after being traded to the Washington Wizards, and he couldn't be happier. The 23-year old point guard, who's spent his whole career with the Jazz, believes he was due for a move out of Utah and to a playoff-caliber club. "It was definitely time..." July 25

  • NBA's DeJuan Blair -- Cited for Battery On Woman ... At Vegas Club

    Bleacher Report "The Las Vegas police department confirmed it cited free-agent forward DeJuan Blair for misdemeanor battery against a woman Sunday morning, per TMZ Sports. TMZ Sports posted a photo of Blair outside a Las Vegas police vehicle." July 25

  • Tomas Satoransky preparing for ‘a lot of changes’ in step up from Spain to Wizards

    Washington Post "Tomas Satoransky was participating in Olympic qualifying with the Czech Republic national team recently when he learned, finally, that he would be playing for the Washington Wizards this season. But unlike the Wizards’ other additions since the start of free agency early this month, the..." July 24

  • Jae Crowder told Al Horford not to sign with the Wizards because they couldn’t beat Celtics

    Mass Live "Jae Crowder knows the Boston Celtics — with newly acquired big man Al Horford in tow — are going to be much better next season, and he knows that the Cleveland Cavaliers are the biggest obstacle that stands in the team's path to through the playoffs. He also knows that, as currently..." July 23

  • Three reasons why the Wizards shouldn’t be in any rush to trade Marcin Gortat

    Bullets Forever "It’s been the summer of the center for the Washington Wizards. After going all-out for Al Horford and falling short, the team moved quickly to sign Ian Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million deal. And that was only after the team reportedly expressed interest in Joakim Noah and Zaza Pachulia. They..." July 19

  • The NBA will create TV-style shows exclusively for Twitter

    Sporting News "Twitter continues to partner with sports industries, and the latest pairing is with the NBA. The social media company and basketball league made a joint statement Tuesday announcing a deal which allows Twitter to broadcast "exclusive original live programming" from the NBA. But the programming..." July 19

  • NBA execs want an NFL-style franchise tag. Players should hate that idea.

    SB Nation "The Washington Post's Tim Bontemps put together a tidy package of flashpoints in upcoming NBA labor negotiations, issues that could be so divisive they could spark another season-damaging lockout. We'll talk more about the Lockout Warning Level as summer wears on, but one item in particular piqued..." July 19

  • Wizards convince Jarell Eddie to move back guarantee date

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The decision on what to do with Jarell Eddie's non-guaranteed contract will be delayed after both sides agreed to "push" the date to the start of the regular season, league sources told CSNmidatlantic.com on Friday. Eddie, a 6-7 guard who has shown well at summer league, is due to make..." July 17

  • Martell Webster mulling NBA return: 'Don't count me out just yet'

    The Score "Although Martell Webster hasn't suited up for an NBA game in over a year, don't count him out just yet. The 29-year-old, who was waived by the Washington Wizards late last year after undergoing season-ending hip surgery, is considering a return to the hardwood. "I may just be coming back..." July 16

  • Wizards' assistant coach Sidney Lowe said that undrafted F Danuel House "can play" in the NBA

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The book on Danuel House when this summer league ends will be this: The undrafted rookie out of Texas A&M is an NBA talent. Whether or not the Wizards give him a roster spot or create one to keep him is another matter. “He can play in this league,” Wizards assistant coach Sidney Lowe said,..." July 15

  • NBA Announces Changes to Intentional Foul Rules

    Bleacher Report "The NBA announced changes to its intentional fouling rules Tuesday following years of debate regarding teams' various Hack-a-Shaq strategies. According to the league's official press release, the NBA Board of Governors approved a rule change for the 2016-17 season that will make the intentional..." July 13

  • Rip Hamilton eyeing NBA opportunities, training for comeback

    CBS Sports "With the deluge of money flooding free agency this summer, several notable former NBA players have expressed interest in making a comeback. Like Ray Allen, who has been rumored to be making a comeback for quite some time now. But it's not merely Allen. Stephen Jackson is hoping to try out for..." July 13

  • Gary Neal took to Facebook to make his case an NBA contract

    Bullets Forever "Money has been flowing freely in free agency, but even in this summer’s big spending spree, some players have yet to get in on the fun. Gary Neal is one of them. Tuesday morning, he took to Facebook to make his case for a deal: He has a point, to a certain extent. Last season, he shot the ball..." July 12

  • John Wall says he still wants the Wizards to add to their wing depth

    Bullets Forever "John Wall joined Kevin Calabro and Steve Smith during Sunday’s broadcast of the Wizards-Hawks Summer League game to talk about several topics, including his recovery from surgery, what Scott Brooks expects from him, Kevin Durant’s choice to join the Warrior. The most interesting part of the..." July 11

  • Suns' Dudley: 'My contract's just not for what I do on the floor'

    The Score "Jared Dudley wasted little time in free agency, committing to return to the Phoenix Suns on July 1. The 31-year-old forward had spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Suns before they traded him away in 2013. He admitted Friday he never wanted to leave. "I've been secretly wanting to come back..." July 09

  • Wizards sign Daniel Ochefu to a three-year, partially guaranteed contract

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards have signed Daniel Ochefu to a three-year partially guaranteed contract according to Eric Pincus of BasketballInsiders.com: Ochefu, a rookie center out of Villanova, is currently on the Wizards' summer league team. The guaranteed $50,000 appears to be compensation for him to attend..." July 08

  • Raptors reportedly expressing interest in Drew Gooden

    Raptors HQ "Toronto's lack of depth in the front court has been discussed to death since the off-season got rolling. After balking at the Thunder's demanded package to swing a deal for Serge Ibaka, and with most of the free agent pool drained of talent, the Raptors are reportedly setting their sites on..." July 07

  • Markieff Morris criticizes Kevin Durant for signing with Warriors

    Larry Brown Sports "On one side, you have people who respect Kevin Durant’s decision to sign with the Golden State Warriors and give himself the best chance at winning a championship. On the other, there are those who think he took the easy way out and was afraid of adversity. Washington Wizards forward Markieff..." July 07

  • Salary-cap projection for 2017-18 season to be lower than expected

    ESPN "In a surprise turn, the NBA is pulling back on its salary-cap projection for the 2017-18 season, according to a league memo obtained by ESPN, and it could complicate the Golden State Warriors' efforts to keep their new super team together. The league previously projected the 2017-18 cap to hit..." July 07

  • Wizards will not pick up option on Drew Gooden

    Today's Fastbreak "The Washington Wizards will not pick up their option on big man Drew Gooden for the 2016-17 season, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. This comes as a result of the NBA’s salary cap projection falling from $107 to $102 million. Gooden has bounced around the league quite a bit during his..." July 07

  • Nene Agrees To Deal With Rockets

    Real GM Basketball "Nene has agreed to sign with the Houston Rockets. Nene had been with the Washington Wizards since his trade from the Denver Nuggets in 2012. Nene is no longer a starter quality big man but he's remained an effective rotation player." July 06

  • Gilbert Arenas Suing Baby Mama For Saying He Was Spreading STDs

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert already won the defamation suit, but he wants his ex-fiancee and mother of his four kids Laura Govan to pay his $37k in legal fees according to Bossip. It appears he has a strong case because the judge already ruled Govan filed a bad motion to try to get case thrown out. If you are..." July 06

  • Report: Wizards agree to 3-year deal with Jason Smith

    The Score "The Washington Wizards have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $16-million deal with free-agent center Jason Smith, sources tell Shams Charania of The Vertical. Smith appeared in 76 games with the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 7.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in 15.5 minutes." July 05

  • Books adjust NBA odds in wake of Durant to the Warriors

    Covers.com "Well, this is certainly a holiday weekend that Bay Area basketball fans will never forget. We were told to expect an announcement in the Kevin Durant free agency sweepstakes at some point over the weekend, and the bombshell dropped just before noon EST on July 4. Former Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 05

  • Hornets agree to 2-year, $12M contract with Sessions

    Charlotte Observer "The Charlotte Hornets are bringing back 6-foot-3 point guard Ramon Sessions as their backup , filling half their remaining needs in free agency. Sessions played for the then-Bobcats during the 2013-14 season, averaging 10.5 points and 3.7 assists. He was traded partway through the next season..." July 04

  • Report: Kings giving Garrett Temple three-year, $24 million contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Kings’ incumbent point guards are an unrestricted free agent who left a less-than-great impression (Rajon Rondo), someone facing domestic-assault charges (Darren Collison) and a restricted free agent who could get a major backloaded offer due to the Arenas rule (Seth Curry). Garrett Temple,..." July 03