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  • Accomplished sportswriter takes ruthless shot at Dwight Howard

    Larry Brown Sports "Dwight Howard has more critics than the average NBA star, but it would appear one award-winning sportswriter thinks less of him than just about anyone who has ever seen the big man play. Bob Ryan, a former Boston Globe writer who retired from the profession after 44 years in 2012,..." July 19

  • Kawhi Leonard going to the Raptors may actually be good news for the Wizards and the East

    NBC Sports Washington "Through nearly three weeks of NBA free agency and almost a month of trades, the Eastern Conference had remained eerily quiet. The Wizards had arguably been the most aggressive team in the East, as all the biggest moves had occurred in the West and, most notably, LeBron James changed..." July 18

  • Wall: Wizards must back up their words, 'earn that respect'

    The Score "The Washington Wizards and their players have seemingly made it a yearly occurrence to talk themselves up to the rest of the Association. However, without the postseason success to back it all up, their proclamations tend to fall on deaf ears. John Wall - who labeled himself the..." July 16

  • Wizards new center Dwight Howard: ‘I would never try to destroy a team’

    Washington Post "On Thursday, the same day the Wizards officially announced his signing, Dwight Howard said he’s bringing his “chocolate shoulders” to “Chocolate City” and urged fans not to believe everything they’ve heard about his reputation as a locker room..." July 16

  • John Wall offers thoughts on Wizards' biggest offseason additions including Dwight Howard

    NBC Sports Washington "At his final media availability of the 2017-18 season, John Wall highlighted specific types of players he wanted to see added to the Wizards roster this summer. Most notably, he pointed to an athletic big and bench scoring. The Wizards ended up adding those things and..." July 14

  • NBA Teams With 2018/19 Cap Room Remaining

    Hoops Rumors "Last Wednesday, we noted that only three NBA teams still had significant cap room available. Depending on your definition of “significant,” that’s still the case. One of those three teams – the Kings – made a player for another’s..." July 12

  • Adam Silver Says NBA Free Agency Will Be Moved to Earlier Time Next Summer

    Bleacher Report "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is apparently aware his league's offseason generates plenty of buzz and is ready to move up the start of free agency accordingly. According to Sam Amick of USA Today, Silver said the start of free agency will be earlier than..." July 11

  • Move to eliminate NBA one-and-done rule gaining momentum, commissioner Adam Silver says

    USA Today "The NBA’s one-and-done rule is unofficially done. Commissioner Adam Silver made it clear on Tuesday that there is growing support for a change that would allow players to enter the league at the age of 18 rather than require them to play one year of college basketball – or..." July 11

  • Michele Roberts on N.B.A. Competitive Imbalance: Don’t Blame the Players

    New York Times "Michele Roberts has heard the complaints about the N.B.A.’s best team, the Golden State Warriors, signing an All-Star. She has heard the whining about the league’s best player, LeBron James, moving westward in the first week of free agency. She has seen fans and pundits proclaim the..." July 09

  • Steve Clifford coached Dwight Howard on three teams. Here’s what he thinks of the center’s personality …

    Washington Post "Steve Clifford could’ve been soured on Dwight Howard. He could’ve vetoed any plans of coaching him again, having known Howard for half of his 14-year career.  This unique courtside view could’ve given Clifford pause last season when his team wanted to add Howard. However,..." July 09

  • How Dwight Howard buyout will shape Nets’ future plans

    New York Post "As soon as the Nets’ trade for Dwight Howard became official on Friday, they waived the former All-Star. Brooklyn hammered out a buyout agreement, and GM Sean Marks admitted that negotiation will end up shaping his summer strategy. “If you look at the way we’re..." July 08

  • Would Carmelo Anthony be a good fit with the Wizards?

    NBC Sports Washington "WIth Carmelo Anthony expected to be cut loose by the Oklahoma City Thunder, he may be willing to join a playoff contender on a veteran-minimum contract in the event he is bought out, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. That naturally has NBA fans all over..." July 06

  • Dwight Howard wants to use his time with the Wizards to change his image

    NBC Sports Washington "Since it became official the Wizards reached a deal with Dwight Howard, some fans have been questioning whether or not it's a good move.  Howard has been with four teams in four seasons and tends to face issues in the locker room. In the latest Wizards Tipoff podcast, NBC..." July 05

  • Dwight Howard's tenure with the Nets comes to an end, and it was quite the run

    New York Daily News "After a cup of coffee with the Nets, one of the NBA’s most-traveled players has found a new home. Dwight Howard finalized his buyout with Brooklyn Tuesday night and will sign a $5.3 million deal with the Washington Wizards, according to multiple reports. Brooklyn..." July 04

  • Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard

    Real GM Basketball "While DeMarcus Cousins has been a difficult personality at certain points in his career, the Golden State Warriors internally made clear that they preferred to add him as a teammate than Dwight Howard. Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson played with Cousins on the 2016..." July 04

  • Lakers Considering Trades for John Wall, Damian Lillard Among Other All-Stars

    The Big Lead "The Lakers potentially trading for Kawhi Leonard is getting all the buzz, but could they end up trading for another all-star? According to Chris Sheridan, the Lakers are considering trading for several big names: “A number of trade options are being considered by Lakers..." July 03

  • Howard, Wizards Agree to 1-Year Mid-Level Exception Contract

    Bleacher Report "Eight-time All-Star center Dwight Howard agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Washington Wizards, The Athletic's Jared Weiss reported Tuesday.  According to Weiss, Howard has finalized his buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will earn the mid-level exception with the..." July 03

  • Report: Jeff Green, Wizards Agree to 1-Year Contract After 1 Season with Cavs

    Bleacher Report "After one season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, veteran forward Jeff Green reportedly agreed to a one-year deal worth the minimum with the Washington Wizards on Tuesday, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge. The 31-year-old is an 11-year NBA veteran,..." July 03

  • Wizards Pursuing Jeff Green

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards have interest in Jeff Green in free agency. The Wizards lost Mike Scott to the Los Angeles Clippers. " July 03

  • Wizards Claim Former Lakers Center Thomas Bryant Off Waivers

    CBS Sports "Bryant was claimed off waivers by the Wizards on Monday, Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports reports. Bryant was waived by the Lakers over the weekend, but the Wizards see enough upside in the 20-year-old center that they'll give him a look throughout the rest of this offseason. This..." July 02

  • Nerlens Noel Narrows Free Agency Decision To Lakers, Wizards, Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "Nerlens Noel has narrowed his free agent decision to the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder. Noel has also received interest from the New Orleans Pelicans. Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million contract offer last season from the..." July 02

  • NBA Rumors: Wizards a dark horse for DeMarcus Cousins

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans have managed to secure meetings with free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. However, it appears they are not the only ones looking to acquire the versatile big man. While the Lakers and Pelicans have emerged as the..." July 01

  • NBA salary cap expected to spike considerably after next season

    Sportsnaut "The NBA released its 2018-19 salary cap on Saturday evening, mere hours prior to the start of free agency. As expected, the cap has been set at $101.9 million with a luxury tax threshold of $123.7 million. It’s expected that the market this summer for non-stars is going to be..." July 01

  • John Wall’s lazy defense at center of squabble with Marcin Gortat

    Pro Basketball Talk "As John Wall and his Wizards teammates – particularly Marcin Gortat and Bradley Beal – traded seemingly loaded comments about Wall’s offensive involvement, Wall delivered the most highly charged line. Of Gortat, Wall said, “It was more just shocking to hear from him and..." June 29

  • NBA free agency prop odds on where LeBron James will play next season

    Covers.com "These wild and crazy NBA offseasons are garnering more eyeballs than the latest summer blockbuster, with big-name players possibly taking their talents elsewhere. And in the NBA theater, there’s no talent better than LeBron James (even if he didn’t win MVP). James has..." June 28

  • Trade of Marcin Gortat leaves Wizards with big hole in frontcourt

    NBC Sports Washington "Marcin Gortat's Tuesday night departure from the Washington Wizards was months, if not years in the making. He believed his days with the team were numbered once they signed Ian Mahinmi in the summer of 2016 and openly talked about it. The Wizards had discussed deals..." June 27

  • Are the Wizards the Most Logical Landing Spot for DeMarcus Cousins?

    The Ringer "A little more than a year ago, I scoffed at the idea of Chris Paul going to Houston. I ignored the guy fervishishy conspiring about it like he was Lucy Barker in internet rags. Then it happened. A rumor born of imagination, suspicion, and too much cold brew became reality. Paul..." June 27

  • Wizards may consider Nerlens Noel to replace Marcin Gortat

    Clutch Points "The Washington Wizards will need a new true center after parting ways with Marcin Gortat after trading him to the L.A. Clippers for Austin Rivers. Among their options is unrestricted free agent Nerlens Noel, according to NBA.com’s David..." June 27

  • Team president Ernie Grunfeld touts Wizards' core, hints at more continuity

    NBC Sports Washington "Monday's introductory press conference for first round pick Troy Brown, Jr. offered reporters a chance to chat with Wizards team president Ernie Grunfeld about the big picture of the franchise for the first time since the season ended nearly two months before. The players had..." June 26

  • Clippers send Austin Rivers to Wizards for Marcin Gortat

    ESPN "The LA Clippers ended the first father-son, coach-player relationship in NBA history on Tuesday, trading guard Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for center Marcin Gortat, league sources said. Rivers played three-plus seasons for his father, Doc Rivers, with the Clippers. Rivers..." June 26

  • Wizards, Troy Brown Agree To Rookie Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards have agreed to terms on a rookie contract for first-round pick Troy Brown, according to Candace Buckner of The Washington Post (Twitter link). The deal can be made official once the new NBA league year begins on July 1. Brown, a 6’7″ wing, is coming off a..." June 25

  • 5 Players Who Should Be on the Trade Block After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft has passed, the offseason's other big shoe, free agency, is ready begin its descent July 1. In the interim—or even afterward—trades could keep things interesting.  Some teams could feel pressure to deal a critical player..." June 25

  • Wizards' selection of Troy Brown all about positional versatility

    NBC Sports Washington "The Wizards had enough depth issues on their roster to justify taking a player at any position with the 15th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft. The guy they picked can play several. Troy Brown, an 18-year-old freshman from Oregon, now heads to Washington with..." June 22

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Marcin Gortat ‘99% Sure’ Wizards are Trading Him

    SLAM Online "Wizards center Marcin Gortat says “the decision has been made by the front office” in Washington to get rid of him. The 34-year-old expects to be traded soon. " June 22

  • Wizards select Oregon’s Troy Brown with 15th overall pick of NBA Draft

    wtop.com "With the 15th overall pick of the 2018 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Troy Brown, a freshman shooting guard from Oregon. Brown will join a high-payroll Wizards squad that needs a spark. Washington underachieved last season, bowing out in the first round of the playoffs as..." June 21

  • Wizards Interested In Trading Marcin Gortat

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards are exploring trade scenarios involving Marcin Gortat. Gortat has one season remaining on his current deal and the Wizards are not currently interested in attached the No. 15 pick to unload him. " June 21

  • Knicks to play Wizards at London's O2 Arena in January 2019

    New York Daily News "London is calling once again for the Knicks. The NBA announced Wednesday that the Knicks will play the Wizards at The O2 Arena on January 17, marking the third time the Knicks have been summoned to England as part of the league’s efforts to expand its brand..." June 20

  • Report: Wizards' No. 15 pick available along with expiring contract

    The Sports Capitol "The Wizards are open to trading down from the 15th overall pick in Thursday’s draft if another team takes on one of Washington’s expiring contracts. That’s the message relayed from the Wizards to other NBA teams, a league source tells The Sports..." June 19

  • Yes, it would make sense for LeBron James to consider the Wizards, as Michael Wilbon said

    NBC Sports Washington "A theory that may seem far-fetched to some has once again been brought out from the dark corners of Wizards fans internet and into the mainstream.  No, it's not a 4chan- or Reddit-level conspiracy theory, but it's a wild idea: what if LeBron James left Cleveland to join..." June 15

  • Jodie Meeks Picks Up $3.5M Player Option With Wizards

    Real GM Basketball "Jodie Meeks has picked up his option for the 18-19 season with the Washington Wizards worth $3.46 million. " June 12

  • Lonzo Ball, JR Smith Lead Betting Odds for Next NBA'er Busted for Burner Account

    Bleacher Report "Burner social media accounts are apparently all the rage in the NBA. Just ask former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. And now, you can bet on which player will be caught using one..." June 08

  • NBA To Experiment With Coach Challenges During Summer League

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA will use this July’s Las Vegas Summer League to test out a new coach’s challenge system for referees’ calls, sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. According to Windhorst, league officials are still working out the exact details of how the system will work,..." June 04

  • NBA Explains Why They Will Seek Royalty From Sports Betting

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver expounded on the NBA's position on seeking a royalty from legal sports betting now that it will be widely legalized in the United States. "One of the issues we had on the table and have been seeking is a so-called integrity fee," said Silver. "And the..." June 01

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: No anthem policy alterations needed

    San Francisco Gate "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league has no plans to change its longtime policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem, in the wake of the NFL adopting a similar rule last week. The NFL’s decision followed a tumultuous season in which several players..." June 01

  • NBA Still Not Interested In Pursuing Expansion

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA continues to resist the idea of expansion despite an obvious location in Seattle and strong candidates in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Kansas City. "As I said before, expansion is not on our agenda right now. We may turn back to it at some point," said Silver when..." June 01

  • Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan to headline NBA Africa Game 2018

    247 Sports "The NBA released some details about the third NBA Africa Game on Thursday, including the date and location of the event.  From the NBA:  "The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)..." May 31