Wizards Rumors & News

  • Wall: 'I think I'm the best shot-blocking point guard in NBA history'

    CBS Sports "John Wall is lightning quick, knows how to run an offense, is an incredible passer, and he's not too shabby at shot blocking either. The blocks stat is not reserved for bigs or defensive minded wings. Wall believes he's a great shot blocker. So great that he considers himself the greatest..." October 21

  • Kelly Oubre Jr. might find himself spending more time with Wizards starters

    Washington Post "During the Washington Wizards’ season opener, Kelly Oubre Jr. filled in with the starters after Jason Smith left the game because of a sprained right shoulder, and he might remain with the group Friday night when the Wizards face the Detroit Pistons. “There’s definitely a possibility. It’s..." October 20

  • NBA's Opening Night was a missed opportunity to elevate protest conversation to a new level

    New York Daily News "The stars were aligned for Tuesday to be a very special day for the NBA. In one of the most anticipated Opening Nights in the history of the league, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics were facing off against each other in the first game, with the finale featuring the Houston Rockets and..." October 18

  • Why you shouldn't expect NBA players to kneel for national anthem

    USA Today "When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses. In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell..." October 17

  • Report: NBA teams now staying away from Trump Hotels

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA players on the road stay in the kind of high-end hotels you don’t tell friends coming to town about because why should they spend that much? Ritz-Carltons, Four Seasons and the like are the norm. Some hotels that want to be regular NBA team stops have made adjustments for them such as taller..." October 13

  • NBA expands international reach with a reported $225M deal in Japan

    Sporting News "With continued efforts to expand the NBA internationally, the league announced on Monday a multiyear partnership with Japanese tech company Rakuten to become the official broadcast partner for live games in Japan. The NBA will make $225 million during the partnership, but it's not clear how..." October 10

  • Daniel Ochefu: Released by Wizards

    CBS Sports "Ochefu was waived by the Wizards on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. Ochefu surprisingly made the Wizards' roster a season ago as an undrafted free agent out of Villanova, but failed to make much of an impact and averaged just 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds across 3.9 minutes in 19..." October 09

  • Wizards' Sheldon Mac to miss 6-8 months after surgery on torn Achilles

    Fanrag Sports "Washington Wizards guard Sheldon Mac will undergo surgery on his torn left Achilles on Tuesday, and as a result, will sit out for at least the next six-to-eight months, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical. Mac suffered the injury during the Wizards’ 102-94 preseason win..." October 09

  • Source: Wizards fear Sheldon Mac may have torn Achilles’ tendon

    Washington Post "Washington Wizards swingman Sheldon Mac suffered a serious injury to his lower left leg Sunday night in the team’s exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Wizards fear that Mac tore his left Achilles’ tendon, according to a source. He is scheduled to have an MRI on Monday. In the..." October 09

  • NBA Won't Rule Out Reducing 82-Game Schedule In Future

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is willing to consider changing the length of the season from 82 games, especially if it opens up opportunities for more games or even teams in international markets “We can play games in China and Europe, or occasional preseason games as a one-off, but under existing airline..." October 05

  • NBA's Morris twins acquitted in beating of man in Phoenix

    Arizona Republic "NBA players and twin brothers Marcus and Markieff Morris were acquitted Tuesday of aggravated assault in connection with the beating of a man in Phoenix in 2015. A third person, their friend Gerald Bowman, also was acquitted. All three had been charged with two counts of aggravated assault..." October 04

  • NBA changes 2018 All-Star Game format, eliminates traditional East vs. West

    CBS Sports "The NBA has eliminated the traditional Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference format for the 2018 All-Star Game, and will instead implement a model that could see top stars like LeBron James and Kevin Durant playing on the same team. In the new format, the leading fan vote-getters from the..." October 03

  • Multiple players cut ties with top NBA agent in wake of NCAA basketball bribe scandal

    ESPN "In the wake of the FBI corruption probe that has shaken the college basketball world this week, multiple clients have severed ties with Andy Miller, one of the NBA's most prominent agents, and another has filed a $13.5 million arbitration claim, alleging he was defrauded, league sources told..." September 29

  • Adam Silver says NCAA scandal is “disconcerting to say the least”

    Pro Basketball Talk "So far, the bribery scandal rocking NCAA men’s basketball has not directly touched the NBA. Yes, former NBA Rookie of the Year Chuck Person was one of the people arrested, and prominent NBA agent Andy Miller reportedly had his office raided by the FBI (one of the people arrested in the probe was a..." September 29

  • NBA Releases Future Salary Cap Projections

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has informed teams that it expects the 2018/19 salary cap to be $101MM, Shams Charania of The Vertical tweets. The league also said that they forecast the 2019/20 figure to be $108MM, although both figures are subject to change. The modest $2MM increase is a stark contrast from what..." September 29

  • John Wall on pay-for-play: Being poor 'another eight months won't hurt'

    Sporting News "John Wall has an interesting perspective when it comes to the recruiting scandal in college basketball. As a former top recruit in the Class of 2009 (he was ranked No. 2 overall in 247Sports' Composite rankings for that season), Wall said he knows what it's like when people try to seal your..." September 28

  • NBA Approves Lottery Reform, Change Effective 2019

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Board of Governors passed a motion to reform the draft lottery today, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweets. The new rules will be in place for the 2019 NBA Draft. Modifications to the lottery process were originally proposed earlier this month and include a number of strategies aimed at..." September 28

  • John Wall throws shade at NBA super teams

    Sportsnaut "Washington Wizards guard John Wall posted an Instagram photo of himself and Bradley Beal on Thursday, taking an apparent shot at the NBA’s super teams. Certainly, plenty of teams have taken dramatic steps to improve. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics struck a mega deal centered..." September 28

  • Kelly Oubre, Jr. on insults from fans and how he can see why Kevin Durant made a fake Twitter account

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Warriors star Kevin Durant had seen and heard enough before deciding to create a fake Twitter account and fire back at his social media haters. Durant is a unique case given his status as one of the league's most recognizable stars and a guy who took a lot of heat for being a frontrunner for..." September 28

  • Closing arguments set for NBA players' assault trial

    USA Today "Jurors are expected to hear closing arguments Thursday for the assault trial of NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris. The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015. Hood testified last week his relationship with the twins became strained..." September 28

  • High-profile NBA agency raided by FBI amid NCAA basketball investigation

    CBS Sports "Amid an FBI probe into fraud and corruption in college basketball, ASM Sports agency, which represents dozens of current and former NBA players, was raided on Tuesday according to Darren Heitner of Forbes. Andy Miller, a prominent agent with the company who represents Kristaps Porzingis, Kyle..." September 27

  • John Wall urges Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers to defend Kaepernick

    Pro Basketball Talk "When Donald Trump ranted last Friday night to slam the NFL, then turn around Saturday morning and revoke his invitation to the Warriors to visit the White House — in a classic “you’re not breaking up with me, I’m breaking up with you” move — the biggest names in the NBA responded. LeBron James,..." September 26

  • 9 NBA storylines to distract from Warriors’ supremacy

    New York Post "The lying began in earnest Monday. That’s when 28 teams conducted media day, the unofficial start to the NBA season. Everyone was perky, upbeat and vowed upgrades. Everyone liked the look of the assembled team, which has a chance to win a title. They were lying. “It’s not uncommon this..." September 26

  • Wizards' Bradley Beal calls Donald Trump a clown: 'That's not what a leader does'

    CBS Sports "The blowback from President Trump's decision to rip the NFL and its players who demonstrate during the national anthem extended into the NBA on Monday when Wizards guard Bradley Beal made his disgust with the president clear. "To me, you're a clown," said Beal. "That's unacceptable. That's not..." September 25

  • NBA's Morris twins trial: Witness testifies she saw one brother beat her friend

    Arizona Republic "A friend of the man accusing two former Phoenix Suns players of beating him in 2015 testified Thursday that she saw either Marcus or Markieff Morris, along with other men, beat the victim so badly that she had to take him to an emergency room. "He was like in a daze," Sherika Sherad testified,..." September 23

  • John Wall fights back tears while thanking his mom

    USA Today "The Washington Wizards' John Wall gave a touching speech at the University of Kentucky Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Friday night. The most emotional part was when he thanked his mom. Wall asked her to stand up so that everyone could applaud her. Then, he said that he hoped she..." September 23

  • Sixers to sign Kris Humphries to non-guaranteed deal, report says

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Sixers have come to terms with power forward Kris Humphries on a non-guaranteed deal, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical. Charania reported that Humphries impressed in workouts earlier in the week, and will report to the team on Sunday for training camp. The 13-year veteran spent..." September 22

  • Wizards’ Markieff Morris expected to miss six to eight weeks after having sports hernia surgery

    Washington Post "On Friday, Morris underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and the team announced he is expected to miss approximately six to eight weeks. According to the timeline, the earliest Morris could return would be Nov. 3, seven games into the regular season when the Wizards host the Eastern..." September 22

  • NBA Modifies Closeout, Continuation Rules

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA has decided to re-evaluate how it handles two particular fouling situations, Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press writes, and two players will see their names live on in notoriety as a result. In what can colloquially be referred to as the Zaza Pachulia rule, officials will be granted..." September 22

  • Converse to release shoes made from authentic NBA jerseys

    Sportsnaut "Converse is getting back into the NBA game. We all remember just how big this shoe company was in the 1980s and early 1990s, with multiple stars sporting the iconic brand. Now, as shoe deals and apparel contracts take on a whole new meaning, Converse itself will release sneakers made from..." September 21

  • NBA's hope for draft lottery reform tied to research showing fans hate tanking

    ESPN "The NBA's pursuit of draft lottery reform is rooted in research that "many fans continue to say that so-called tanking is making them less interested in the league," president of league operations Byron Spruell told ESPN. Lottery reform is moving toward a Sept. 28 vote at the NBA's board of..." September 21

  • Charles Barkley Ripped The ‘Babies’ In The NBA That Want More Rest Between Games

    Uproxx "Charles Barkley is on the same side as all the other Olds that once played in the NBA. The latest generation of NBA stars are lazy, lack grit and are just generally whiny, at least that’s what all the retired players think. Barkley reiterated that point on Wednesday when he was asked about players..." September 20

  • 14 NBA Teams Lost Money in 2016-17

    SLAM Online "As many as 14 NBA teams lost money last season before accounting for revenue sharing, according to an ESPN report. Five of those teams—Memphis, Charlotte, Indiana, Milwaukee and Utah—have reportedly received at least $15 million in payouts each of the past four seasons. After revenue sharing..." September 19

  • Morris twins could miss start of training camps while on trial for 2015 assault

    CBS Sports "The Morris twins, Markieff and Marcus, could miss the start of their training camps with the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics, as the twins are in Phoenix, standing trial for an assault that occurred back in 2015 when they were playing for the Suns. Markieff and Marcus have been accused..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Aggravated assault trial for Morris twins set to begin on Monday

    WEEI Boston "Following the selection of an eight-member jury panel on Wednesday, the aggravated assault trial for the Morris twins -- new Celtics forward Marcus and the Wizards' Markieff -- will begin next Monday in a Phoenix courtroom with the opening statements of what is expected to be a 10-day..." September 15

  • Jury selection in trial of Marcus Morris, Markieff Morris for assault starts Wednesday

    Pro Basketball Talk "Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris are about to get their day in court. Jury selection in an assault case against the brothers stemming from a 2015 incident — when both were playing for the Suns — where the brothers and three others were accused of beating up a man outside a recreational..." September 13

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • John Wall Milly Rocks At Ludacris' 40th Bday Party

    TMZ "Here's John Wall once again proving he's the most well-rounded PG in the NBA ... he scores, he defends, he passes ... AND HE MILLY ROCKS EFFORTLESSLY. Wall proved this in Paris celebrating Ludacris' 40th bday with huge stars like Jeezy, Ryan Leslie, and Kenny Burns ... but the Washington..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • John Wall Says He Is 'The Best 2-Way Point Guard' in NBA

    Bleacher Report "John Wall is always one to exude confidence, and that was evident this week when he told BallIsLife (h/t CSN Wizards) he believes he's the NBA's premier floor general. "I'm the best two-way point guard in the league," Wall said. It's hardly a new sentiment from Wall. In February, the..." September 03

  • John Wall, Bradley Beal organize Wizards’ fundraising for Hurricane Harvey relief

    Washington Post "As Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston over the weekend, Washington Wizards players John Wall and Bradley Beal decided to help. The pair reached out to teammates through a group text message, leading the effort to raise money for people affected by the hurricane and historical flooding in..." August 29

  • John Wall seemingly accepts Kobe Bryant’s challenge to make NBA all-defensive first team

    Washington Post "Washington Wizards point guard John Wall’s latest source of motivation is a personal challenge from five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant. To coincide with the release of his latest Nike shoe, Bryant issued #MambaMentality challenges to five celebrities via social media Thursday. The former..." August 28

  • Kobe challenges John Wall to make All-Defensive 1st Team

    Clutch Points "To celebrate his 39th birthday, Kobe Bryant challenged numerous athletes and Kendrick Lamar on social media. While it initially included Isaiah Thomas and DeMar DeRozan only, Giannis Antetokounmpo asked for his challenge in which the 18-time All-Star wanted him to earn his first Most Valuable..." August 27