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  • Wizards’ Frontcourt Additions Gaining Familiarity

    Hoops Rumors "The Wizards revamped their frontcourt this offseason, acquiring Davis Bertans from the Spurs and netting Moritz Wagner in a package from the Lakers, and Washington is using the preseason to get the pair acclimated. Both big men can knock down the three-ball with..." October 16

  • Projecting Every NBA Team's Opening Night Starting 5

    Bleacher Report "Whether players want to admit it or not, there's a certain cachet that comes along with being an NBA starter. And at the dawn of another regular season, there are still a few starting spots around the league to be determined. Who'll get a shot at..." October 16

  • Jaylen Brown Could Be Moved in a Trade for Wizards’ Bradley Beal

    Heavy "Earlier today the Boston Celtics offered Jaylen Brown a four-year extension worth $80 million,  according to Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes.  Per Sports Illustrated, Brown believes he could provide a bigger role for the team and is seeking a bigger offer. Last..." October 16

  • Recap Of 2019 NBA Draft Pick Signings

    Hoops Rumors "When word broke last week that Hornets second-round pick Jalen McDaniels had signed with the team, it meant that we now know the 2019/20 plans for all 60 of this year’s NBA draft picks. The majority of this year’s draftees signed NBA contracts..." October 16

  • LeBron James ‘won’t talk’ about China controversy again

    CNN "Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James is ready to move on from the China controversy and focus on winning a championship and other things. Just a day after criticizing Houston Rockets' general manager Daryl Morey as "misinformed" over a tweet supporting..." October 16

  • 5 Players Who Can Help Karl-Anthony Towns In Minnesota

    Fadeaway World "The Minnesota Timberwolves have a spectacular talent on their roster in Karl-Anthony Towns. KAT is a two-way player who is not even in his prime yet. With the potential to be one of the best players in the league, Towns could certainly use some help if the Wolves want to keep him happy where he..." October 16

  • Wizards Waive Justin Anderson, Others; Sign Jalen Jones

    Real GM Basketball "The Washington Wizards have waived forwards Justin Anderson and Jemerrio Jones and guard Phil Booth. " October 16

  • Wizards, Anzejs Pasecniks Agree To Deal

    Yardbarker "The Wizards have reached an agreement to sign former first-round pick Anzejs Pasecniks, sources tell Fred Katz of The Athletic (Twitter link). It’ll be an Exhibit 10 deal, Katz adds (via Twitter). Pasecniks, a seven-footer from Latvia, was acquired by the Sixers..." October 16

  • Top 5 NBA Players Who Were Traded Too Soon

    Fadeaway World "Everyone knows that the NBA is a business. Teams always become impatient with players and would rather get rid of the player than work with him. Sometimes this tactic does work in the team’s favor but there are a few cases as to where the team that made the trade has regretted the..." October 16

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo Favored To Win NBA MVP; Zion Williamson Is Heavy Rookie Of Year Favorite

    Forbes.com "Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo is favored to win his second straight NBA MVP award while New Orleans Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson is the favorite to be named NBA Rookie of the Year, according to bookmaker.eu. Antetokounmpo won his first MVP after the 2018-19..." October 16

  • Bradley Beal Hints That He Wants A Trade To Miami

    Heat Nation "Bradley Beal is one of the biggest names that fans want to see traded to the Miami Heat. Recently, Beal liked a tweet from a fan who appears to be desperate to see him play in a Heat uniform.  

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  • 4 Best Trade Packages For Kyle Lowry

    Fadeaway World "Kyle Lowry was the point guard for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors last season. After bouncing around the league for so long, he found a team where he can flourish with the Raptors. Lowry has become a better player every year, adding a very effective deep-range jumper to a game that was..." October 15

  • Players argued to Adam Silver they would’ve been punished for tweet as costly as Daryl Morey’s

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a tense meeting with players from the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers last week when he arrived in Shanghai, sources told ESPN's Rachel Nichols. During the meeting, sources said, several prominent players voiced..." October 15

  • Report: LeBron told Silver to speak on China situation before players do

    The Score "In an Oct. 9 meeting that included all members of the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai, LeBron James informed NBA commissioner Adam Silver that it would be unfair for players to speak publicly about the NBA's ongoing dispute with China before..." October 14

  • Tencent restores some NBA games after China controversy

    Larry Brown Sports "There may be a bit of a truce forming between the NBA and some aspects of the China controversy. Chinese technology company Tencent, the NBA’s exclusive digital partner in the country, quietly returned a pair of preseason games to streaming status. " October 14

  • 'It's the dirty little secret that everybody knows about'

    ESPN "IT'S THE AFTERNOON of Feb. 26, during a three-games-in-four-nights stretch, and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is on a roll. Tomorrow night, his Heat will host the Golden State Warriors, then fly to Houston to face the Rockets on Feb. 28. But now he's rattling off what time the..." October 14

  • Top 10 Best NBA Scoring Duos Of The 21th Century

    Fadeaway World "Basketball in the NBA has been characterized by high octane offense of late. The Golden State Warriors have been honored with starting the trend of fast, high scoring games with a high volume of three-pointers. With the NBA adapting the rulebook to welcome more of such games, it..." October 12

  • Star Trade Ideas Ahead of Season Start

    Bleacher Report "It's never too early to talk NBA trades, even if the 2019-20 season has yet to start. It's a time for unbridled optimism, but those feelings will quickly turn to desperation as teams begin to fall out of the playoff race. While some star players are likely to be..." October 11

  • Sports agents warn NBA players to avoid China talk as athletes, executives walk ‘fine line’

    CNBC "NBA players have been unusually quiet on China since the nation started severing ties with the league. That may stem from the private advice they are getting from sports agents to tread lightly — or avoid discussing it entirely — if they are asked about the uproar over Hong..." October 11

  • Justin Robinson will impact the Wizards' player development

    The Sports Daily "The Washington Wizards’ organization knows from top to bottom that the 2019-20 season will be focused on development rather than competing for an NBA championship. The big three of Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr., and Thomas Bryant are the focus. You can also throw in the likes of Moe..." October 10

  • NBA salary cap experts prepping scenarios in which China controversy lowers 2020-21 cap by 10-15%

    Yahoo! Sports "At least five NBA teams are having their salary cap personnel plan for a scenario in which the cap for the 2020-21 season could drop between 10 and 15 percent due to the current situation between the NBA and China, league sources told Yahoo Sports. This is part of the..." October 10

  • Charles Barkley Rips 'Idiots' For Criticizing NBA Over China

    TMZ "Charles Barkley is going scorched earth on "idiots" who are criticizing the NBA's handling of the China situation ... calling people "jackasses" and hypocrites for blasting the league!! The ex-NBA superstar says he can't believe the way people are..." October 10

  • Dennis Rodman offers to be NBA's ambassador amid China controversy

    The Score "Dennis Rodman wants to help make peace between the NBA and China. As the fallout continues after Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters, Rodman posted a video on his Twitter account Wednesday in which he offered to serve as..." October 10

  • Activists at Wizards preseason game get ‘Free Hong Kong’ sign confiscated

    CNN "Several fans standing with a sign reading "Free Hong Kong" and "Google: Uyghurs" had them confiscated prior to a game between the Washington Wizards and the Guangzhou Loong Lions at the Capital One Arena in Washington, DC, Wednesday night. The incidents..." October 10

  • Workers forced to re-sand floors for NBA game in China after sponsors pulled out

    Larry Brown Sports "The NBA decided to hold its ground and continue with its scheduled preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets in Shanghai on Thursday, but some significant adjustments had to be made before the ball tipped off. Despite the Chinese government canceling all media..." October 10

  • As impasse over pro-Hong Kong tweet simmers, what's at stake for the NBA in China?

    USA Today "In the late 1980s, when the NBA began making inroads into China, the league sent CCTV NBA games on videotape and told the state-run TV station it could air games at no cost. By 1992, the league had opened an office in Hong Kong, and by 2004, the NBA was playing preseason games in..." October 09

  • NBA players most likely to be traded this season

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA teams had historically high roster churn this summer. With so many newcomers around the league, there are fewer than usual obvious in-season trade candidates entering the year. But a few still stand out: Nene (Rockets) The NBA nixed the Rockets’..." October 09

  • Chinese apparel brand ANTA halts contract negotiations with NBA

    SI "The Chinese shoe company Anta Sports said it will suspend contract renewal negotiations with the NBA, according to Reuters.  Anta's move is the latest in a series of backlashes to a tweet in support of Hong Kong protestors by Rockets general manager Daryl..." October 09

  • Marcus Morris Won’t Face Suspension After Altercation

    New York Post "According to an industry official, it does not appear new Knicks forward Marcus Morris will receive a suspension after his Flagrant 2 ejection in Monday’s preseason opener for batting a ball in the face of Wizards forward Justin Anderson. Hence the Knicks’ new..." October 09

  • Big man development takes center stage in Wizards' preseason opener

    The Sports Daily "The Washington Wizards lost their preseason opener against the New York Knicks, 104-99, and for the most part, the results of the game does not matter. There was a lot of sloppy play on both sides of the ball and Marcus Morris got himself ejected for swinging his elbows at Justin..." October 08

  • Adam Silver shows NBA will only go so far in making nice with China

    USA Today "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver went to the podium in Tokyo on Tuesday to answer questions about the international crisis his league has found itself in the middle of, he had already made an important choice.  Instead of continuing acquiescence to..." October 08

  • Will NBA games in China be cancelled? Nation pulls plug on airing games, celebrities boycott

    USA Today "China will not air two preseason NBA games scheduled in China this week on TV and the Internet after NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments in Tokyo showing unwavering support for free speech and the growing rift between the league and China. There is concern..." October 08

  • Adam Silver Going to Shanghai to Salvage Relationship with China

    TMZ "NBA commissioner Adam Silver is going to Shanghai to try and repair the league's relationship with China ... but says he won't bend when it comes to protecting freedom of expression. "The NBA will not put itself in a position of regulating what players,..." October 08

  • At Wizards camp, a lot of talk about a ‘new mind-set’ and changing team’s direction

    Washington Post "After Labor Day, the gym doors opened and the newest Washington Wizards walked through. The early weeks of September in the NBA may represent the last death crawl of summer before training camp, but rookies and young guys have no rest. They’re supposed to be in the gym. However, by Sept...." October 07

  • Justin Anderson Auditioning For Role With Wizards

    SLAM Online "Day three of Wizards training camp ended with Justin Anderson defending Bradley Beal one-on-one. The 25-year-old wing forced Beal to the left, summoning a contested jump shot and a rare miss for Beal on these types of drills. “I’ve had the opportunity to play alongside..." October 04

  • Wizards coach Scott Brooks looks at Thomas Bryant as exemplary piece of the puzzle

    Clutch Points "The Washington Wizards landed on a gold mine at the time they picked up Thomas Bryant off the waiver wire. Bryant had spent most of his rookie season with the Los Angeles Lakers, but was claimed by the Wizards, soon taking up the opportunity to back up Dwight Howard as head coach..." October 04

  • Adam Silver hopes to launch pro league in India

    EuroHoops.net "NBA commissioner Adam Silver plans to create a professional basketball league in India that will be reminiscent of the Basketball Africa League (launching in 2020), The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears reports. “There’s a serious consideration to the launch of a..." October 04

  • The NBA is playing in India for the first time ever

    CNN "The National Basketball Association (NBA) has arrived in India. Two NBA teams -- the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers -- will go head to head in two preseason games on Friday and Saturday in Mumbai. It's not just the first ever NBA game in India -- it's the first time..." October 04

  • Ian Mahinmi Injury Update

    NBA.com "Wizards center Ian Mahinmi is out with a strained right Achilles tendon.  " October 03

  • Miami Heat Can Create A Superteam With Two Blockbuster Trades

    Fadeaway World "The Miami Heat made a surprising move this past offseason. Going into free agency, the Miami Heat were capped at and had no plans of signing a big player. But, they were able to complete a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and were able to acquire Jimmy Butler. Even though..." October 03

  • Wizards’ Bradley Breal calls Rui Hachimura a ‘valuable piece’

    Clutch Points "After being selected ninth overall in last June’s draft, much is expected of Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura. The 6-foot-8 former Gonzaga standout will be hoping to bring his flair and athleticism to a Wizards side that is currently in a bit of a limbo state. For his..." October 02

  • Bradley Beal hasn't 'really thought about' the Wizards' extension offer

    The Score "Bradley Beal says the Washington Wizards' three-year, $111-million contract extension offer hasn't been on his mind. "Honestly this might sound funny, but I haven't really thought about it," Beal said at Wizards media day on Monday, according..." October 02

  • Ranking The Best NBA Point Guards By Tiers

    Fadeaway World "The point guard position has changed tremendously over the past decade. The player in this position is no longer required to just run the plays, and lead the team’s offense every night. They must also score the ball, and are often the best scorers on their respective teams! Some..." October 01

  • Wizards' expectations for 2019-20 season are unlike past years

    The Sports Daily "Before this season, the Washington Wizards always came into Media Day with big smiles on their faces thinking this was the season that they break through to the Eastern Conference Finals. They came in with Paul Pierce in 2014, a healthy John Wall in 2015, new head coach Scott Brooks in 2016, a..." October 01

  • Lakers, Kings, Suns join Teams Of Despair

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nearly every NBA team was good, is good or will be good. Teams often follow a general lifecycle. They’re young/bad then prime/good then old/bad then start over at the beginning. Teams usually advance through each stage quickly enough that rosters overlap. But not every..." October 01

  • Wizards’ John Wall says recovery timetable from Achilles injury is all up to him

    Clutch Points "There has been a lot of uncertainty surrounding Washington Wizards superstar John Wall of late. The five-time All-Star played in only 32 games last season due to a devastating Achilles injury, and at this point, it is unclear if he will be able to make his return for his team in the..." September 30

  • Allen Iverson Is Pissed About ESPN’s Top 100 Players Ranking

    Philly Voice "Ask almost anyone under 40 whether Allen Iverson is a top 50 all-time NBA player, and they would probably look at you like you're crazy for questioning it. Even with a sound methodology and a full review of the history of the NBA, any and every player ranking is ultimately going..." September 30

  • Team USA’s Jerry Colangelo: ‘Our focus is apparently on the Olympics, I expected a different response’

    Clutch Points "USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo showed a distinct disappointment after witnessing the wave of withdrawals from consideration for the recent FIBA 2019 World Cup and a subsequent enthusiastic desire from players to be considered for the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It..." September 30

  • NBA amends tampering guidelines for players, team officials

    The Score "The NBA has sent a memo to teams regarding its amended tampering guidelines, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania. Any player who induces another to demand a trade will be deemed as violating the rules. However, isolated comments by a team official praising a player..." September 27

  • Bradley Beal not expected to accept max extension offer from Wizards?

    Yardbarker "Bradley Beal has only a few more weeks to decide whether or not he wants to accept the three-year, $111 million max contract extension he has been offered from the Washington Wizards, and it sounds like he is comfortable playing another season under his current deal rather than taking the..." September 27