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  • Rui Hachimura is a 'late bloomer' in basketball, but the Washington Wizards like that

    NBC Sports Washington "Rui Hachimura was introduced to the sport of basketball at 13 years old after spending his childhood on the baseball diamond, emulating Ichiro Suzuki, as many kids in Japan do. Just eight years later, Hachimura has charted his own path as the first Japanese-born lottery pick in the NBA after..." June 24

  • Weak Draft Night? Here's How Your Team Can Bounce Back in NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Did the 2019 NBA draft not go the way you wanted for your favorite team? No worries! There's still plenty of time to add talent this summer, starting with this year's star-studded free-agent class. Players can now verbally commit to teams earlier than ever,..." June 24

  • 10 NBA players on the trade block following the draft

    Sportsnaut "Last week’s NBA Draft set the stage for what promises to be an active offseason around the league. We already know how things might have changed for free agency after the draft. It’s now time to look at NBA players who now have a better chance of being traded..." June 24

  • Predicting the Next Wave of Shameless NBA Ring-Chasers

    Bleacher Report "In most NBA offseasons, clear favorites for the title seem to already exist, but the 2019 offseason may be different since the Golden State Warriors and Toronto Raptors have significant question marks. The Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets,..." June 24

  • Dark-Horse Destinations for Top 2019 NBA Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "As difficult as this may be to believe, the NBA's free-agency period hasn't officially started yet. Pay no attention to the rumors, reports and social media speculation behind the curtain. These teams and players aren't even talking to each other yet..." June 22

  • Sources: Wizards to decline option for forward Jabari Parker

    Yahoo! Sports "The Washington Wizards will decline the 2019-20 team option on Jabari Parker’s contract, and the forward will become an unrestricted free agent on June 30, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Parker, 24, is valued by the franchise, but this was a decision anticipated by most..." June 22

  • Are the Wizards making a mistake by not trading Bradley Beal?

    Clutch Points "So the Washington Wizards are kind of a mess right now. They have no general manager, John Wall is recovering from a torn Achilles and has a billion years and dollars left on his contract and they are in complete limbo with Bradley Beal. Prior to the draft, there was some chatter that..." June 22

  • Wizards Expected To Sign Garrison Mathews, Justin Robinson, Armoni Brooks

    Hoops Rumors "After selecting Rui Hachimura and acquiring Admiral Schofield in Thursday night’s draft, the Wizards are poised to add a few more rookies to their roster, according to various reports. Lipscomb shooting guard Garrison Mathews will sign a..." June 21

  • Wizards play it safe, but probably smart with Tommy Sheppard at helm in 2019 draft

    NBC Sports Washington "For the first time in 16 years, a new team president ran the draft for the Washington Wizards on Thursday night. Technically, it marked the start of a new era, no matter the fact they still have yet to name a long-term replacement for Ernie Grunfeld. This time interim..." June 21

  • How the NBA draft sets up a league-altering free agency

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions. Anthony Davis has been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. And Zion Williamson has officially been drafted by the New Orleans Pelicans. With the 2019 NBA draft behind us, a long-awaited free..." June 21

  • Every Team's Top Potential Free-Agent Targets After 2019 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Finally, mercifully, after months of radio silence, we can talk about NBAfree agency now that the draft is over. Here's hoping you read that with your sarcasm font turned on. Free agency has dominated every discussion over the past year or so. That's how the league works..." June 21

  • Wizards select Rui Hachimura with No. 9 pick

    The Score "With the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura. The Japanese forward continued to grow and flourish with the Bulldogs, significantly raising his production from when he began with the program two seasons prior. It led to the..." June 20

  • Realistic Trades We Could See on NBA Draft Night

    Bleacher Report "It's that magical time of the year where the NBA draft and trade season meet. We've already seen trades involving Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and Tony Snell with three first-round picks switching hands. Don't expect these deals to be the last. There..." June 20

  • Wizards Moving On From Masai Ujiri Pursuit

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards pursued Masai Ujiri to become their president of basketball operations with an offer of approximately $10 million per season. Ujiri, however, will remain with the Toronto Raptors. "There is no doubt they wanted Masai Ujiri and went after Masai Ujiri, but..." June 20

  • Report: Wizards have no intention of trading Bradley Beal

    NESN "If the Boston Celtics decide they want to make a move amid their roster turnover, it doesn’t appear it’ll be for a Washington Wizards star. Earlier in the week, it was reported the Celtics might be eyeing Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the seemingly imminent event..." June 20

  • Why trading for Dwight Howard makes sense for the Sixers

    Philly Sports Network "The Sixers need a backup center and Dwight Howard is the answer. This may sound like a crazy idea given Dwight Howard’s reputation, but once you stomach the idea it actually makes a lot of sense. For starters, the Sixers are not afraid to swing for the fences. Elton Brand has proven that..." June 20

  • Top 5 Most Underrated Free Agents Of 2019

    Fadeaway World "Free agency is about more than just the notable names and where they will end up. There are a number of names that are being heavily overlooked and undervalued despite being very capable players. Wherever these guys end up, they will undoubtedly be impactful additions. Names like Kawhi Leonard..." June 19

  • Report: Lakers have interest in Bobby Portis

    247 Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers only have three meaningful players at the moment: LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma. With so much space on their roster and space under the cap, they have been linked to just about every free agent regardless of how much sense they make. We..." June 19

  • Wizards To Offer Extension To Bradley Beal?

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards seem ready to put an end to Bradley Beal trade rumors by offering an extension to their All-Star guard. In a video tweeted by Wizards Film Room, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says Washington will make the three-year, $111MM offer when Beal becomes eligible next..." June 19

  • Ted Leonsis denies making overture to Raptors’ Masai Ujiri to run Wizards

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA offseason is a time for rumors and official denials. The Washington Wizards were reportedly going after Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri to run the franchise. The reported talks with Ujiri centered around a role that could have expanded his influence beyond the Wizards. Monumental..." June 19

  • Wizards will have competition with teams like Lakers, Clippers for restricted free agent Bobby Portis

    NBC Sports Washington "This summer is shaping up to be lucrative for NBA free agents and big man Bobby Portis is well-positioned to cash in. After spending the final three months of the 2018-19 season with the Wizards, Portis is already seeing a healthy market develop ahead of the June 30 start of the league's..." June 19

  • NBA Rumors: Celtics Could Trade Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart & Draft Picks For Bradley Beal

    Inquisitr "After a season filled with drama and frustration, the Boston Celtics are currently facing a huge dilemma in the 2019 NBA offseason. Aside from failing to acquire All-Star center Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans, rumors are heating up, suggesting that Kyrie Irving will be leaving the..." June 19

  • Every NBA Team's Realistic Dream Signing in 2019 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "We are on the cusp of the most eventful NBA offseason since the summer of 2010 when LeBron James and Chris Bosh teamed up to join Dwyane Wade in Miami. Things got started when the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to trade for Anthony Davis to team him with..." June 19

  • ESPN to change draft coverage approach after Adrian Wojnarowski mockery?

    Larry Brown Sports "ESPN tried to prevent its reporters from leaking out picks before they were announced during the NBA Draft last year, but they may be nixing that policy now after the way Adrian Wojnarowski made a mockery out of it. Prior to the draft last year, there was a report that ESPN, Yahoo and..." June 19

  • Will Bradley Beal turn down Wizards’ massive offer with eye on supermax?

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Wizards are willing to add a lot more money to the contract Bradley Beal is currently playing under, but the two-time All-Star is in position to take a gamble on himself if he wants to go that route. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported this week that the Wizards..." June 19

  • The 10 Best Players Likely on the Move in 2019 NBA Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's annual frenzy of player movement has already begun. Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Lakers agreed to trade for New Orleans Pelicans superstar big man Anthony Davis. They're now attempting to carve out enough salary-cap space for a third star in free..." June 19

  • Wizards to offer Bradley Beal three-year, $111 million extension

    NBC Sports Washington "Despite the litany of teams who would love to get their hands on Bradley Beal this offseason, Washington has so far remained committed to keeping Bradley Beal a Wizard. And when he's eligible in July, they plan to offer him a three-year, $111 million..." June 19

  • Raptors Would Need 'Significant Compensation' To Let Masai Ujiri Go To Wizards

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards have stopped interviewing candidates for their general manager vacancy after they were unable to secure a deal with Tim Connelly of the Denver Nuggets. The Wizards are reportedly pursuing Masai Ujiri, who is under contract for two more seasons with the Toronto..." June 18

  • NBA execs believe Trevor Ariza is a perfect match for Warriors, money could be an issue

    Clutch Points "NBA executives reportedly believe veteran small forward Trevor Ariza is a perfect match for the Golden State Warriors, but that money could ultimately be an issue, according to Jordan Brenner of The Athletic. Ariza becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer. He..." June 18

  • Ted Leonsis: Wizards won’t hire a new president before NBA free agency opens

    Washington Post "In rare public comments about the Washington Wizards’ extended search for a new president of basketball operations, managing partner Ted Leonsis expressed satisfaction with the work done by the team’s current administration and indicated he will not come to a resolution about the..." June 18

  • Could Bradley Beal be the next big star that the Celtics pursue?

    NBC Sports Boston "In the wake of the Anthony Davis trade, the Boston Celtics no longer have a superstar target in their sights. The trade market doesn't have an obvious superstar available for the first time in what feels like quite a while. But with Danny Ainge still sitting on a treasure trove of assets,..." June 18

  • Six trades we could see during 2019 NBA Draft

    Sportsnaut "The Anthony Davis blockbuster trade this weekend got us thinking. With just a few days remaining until the NBA Draft, the expectation is that more trades will happen here soon. Some of these moves won’t go down until the draft kicks off in New York City on Thursday...." June 18

  • Reddit Bans Popular "r/nbastreams" Page

    The Big Lead "All good things must come to an end, and this happened to be the case today for the popular Reddit page, “r/nbastreams.” The page was a go-to option for many Reddit users, who would access links leading to live streams of NBA games completely for free. Although completely..." June 17

  • New Orleans monitoring potential trade for Wizards’ Bradley Beal using No. 4 pick

    Clutch Points "There’s an argument to be made that the New Orleans Pelicans have as bright a long-term future as any team in the NBA. Just because his team figures to be at its utmost best during the prime of surefire No. 1 overall draft pick Zion Williamson, though, doesn’t mean..." June 17

  • Eight possible trades that need to happen; Bradley Beal to Celtics or Pelicans?

    CBS Sports "With the blockbuster deal that has the New Orleans Pelicans sending Anthony Davisto the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA's silly season is in full effect with rumors of potential trades all over the place -- and it is likely to continue with Thursday's..." June 17

  • Report suggests Barack Obama is trying to recruit Masai Ujiri to Wizards

    NBC Sports Washington "The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C.  Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United..." June 17

  • 5 Worst Contracts Still on the Books from Ridiculous 2016 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Nearly three years later, the 2016 NBA offseason remains undefeated. That summer's salary-cap explosion, courtesy of a TV-money infusion, was unprecedented. Mammoth deals were handed out like free clicky pens at a career fair. Role players were paid like superstars...." June 17

  • Best, Worst Landing Spots for Top 10 NBA Free Agents Post-Anthony Davis Trade

    Bleacher Report "NBA free agency figures to be as wild as ever in 2019. Hot on the heels of the Anthony Davis trade, which ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, a number of big names could be on the market. Depending on what happens with team and player options, Kevin..." June 17

  • Wizards to workout UNC's Coby White and Nassir Little days before draft

    The Sports Daily "The Washington Wizards have ramped up the talent involved in their pre-draft workouts in recent days after one and a half weeks of likely undrafted prospects. On Thursday they worked out Kentucky’s Keldon Johnson, on Friday they had a visit with Sekou Doumbouya who will be a lottery pick,..." June 16

  • Should Masai Ujiri at least consider the Wizards job?

    Clutch Points "Masai Ujiri just won the first NBA championship of his executive career, as the Toronto Raptors that he built defeated the Golden State Warriors in six games to capture their first title in franchise history. Ujiri has been general manager of the Raptors since 2013, and ever since he..." June 15

  • A Bradley Beal trade could be the key to the Wizards' rebuild

    Hoops Rumors "While Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is reluctant to trade Bradley Beal, doing so may represent the team’s quickest path to contention, David Aldridge of The Athletic writes. Beal is an enormously valuable asset that could net a batch of valuable assets. The Wizards, then, could..." June 15

  • Could The Wizards Be The “Right Situation” For Keldon Johnson?

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards hold the No. 9 overall pick in next week’s draft, though they haven’t had many of the elite prospects in Washington for workouts. Keldon Johnson broke that trend, participating in drills at the team’s practice facility on Thursday. The former..." June 14

  • Report: Wizards have ‘no imminent plans’ to speak with Masai Ujiri

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Wizards need to find someone to run their basketball operations, but it might be time to tap the brakes on Masai Ujiri speculation. According to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the Wizards have “no imminent plans” to reach out to the Toronto Raptors..." June 14

  • Wizards To Offer Masai Ujiri $10M Per Year Deal, Ownership Stake

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards are preparing a $10 million per year offer to Masai Ujiri with an ownership stake. Ted Leonsis is expected to reach out to ownership of the Toronto Raptors to request permission to meet with Ujiri. " June 14

  • NBA Rumors: Pelicans Want Bradley Beal In Three-Team Deal With Lakers, Wizards

    Lakers Nation "With one week before the 2019 NBA Draft, the Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to trade for Anthony Davis. Although the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly have no timeline, it would make sense to trade Davis soon in order to evaluate their draft picks and work out more..." June 13

  • The Worst Possible (Realistic) Landing Spot for Every Top NBA Free Agent

    Bleacher Report "If NBA free-agency disasters were predictable, more of them would be avoided. With the benefit of hindsight, the New York Knicks wouldn't place a $100 million wager on Allan Houston's knees holding up in 2001?—or do almost the same thing with Amar'e..." June 13

  • Rich Paul Basically Runs the NBA Now and He's Only Going to Get More Powerful

    12 Up "Folks, it's time we realize (or at least come to terms with) just how much say and power that Rich Paul, President and Founder of Klutch Sports, has in the NBA. Sure, when you're LeBron James' agent your name is going to be well known in the Association, but Paul also..." June 13

  • Why NBA Sign-And-Trades Are Rare

    Hoops Rumors "With NBA free agency around the corner, speculation about teams’ targets and players’ potential destinations is running rampant, and that speculation often leads to discussion of possible sign-and-trade deals. After all, sign-and-trade arrangements seem like win-win scenarios..." June 12

  • One Surprise NBA Team Every Top Free Agent Should Be Thinking About

    Bleacher Report "Never mind the fact that they're tied for the two worst winning percentages in the NBA over the last six seasons. The Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks popping up in free-agency rumors feels like an annual offseason tradition. But what if basketball fit,..." June 12

  • Tommy Sheppard will probably run the Wizards’ basketball operations for awhile

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards’ search for a new President of Basketball Operations doesn’t seem like it will end anytime soon. Sure, Masai Ujiri is a dream candidate of sorts, but if Ted Leonsis is targeting him, Ujiri may have a more general role with Monumental Sports &..." June 11