Wizards Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Wizards, Tomas Satoransky agree to 3-year, $9M deal

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards’ long wait to bring over their second round pick from the 2012 draft is finally over. Tomas Satoranksy has agreed to a three year, $9 million deal according to multiple reports. Because it’s been four years since the Wizards drafted Satoransky, he’s no longer bound by the rookie..." July 03

  • Wizards acquire Trey Burke from Jazz

    Yahoo! Sports "The Utah Jazz have traded point guard Trey Burke to the Washington Wizards, league sources told The Vertical. The Wizards will send a 2021 second-round pick to the Jazz, sources said." July 03

  • Wizards, Nicholson agree on 4-year, $26M contract

    Sportando " Free agent Andrew Nicholson reached a 4-years agreement with Washington Wizard, for 26 total million dollars." July 03

  • At least 5 other teams show interest in Wizards' Garrett Temple

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Garrett Temple, who has spent the last four years with the Wizards and is an unrestricted free agent, could be on his way out door with more teams having expressed interest than ever before, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com on Saturday night. In addition to the Wizards who contacted..." July 03

  • Wizards decide to sign center Ian Mahinmi on $64 million deal

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Soon after the Wizards learned they came up short in the sweepstakes to land Al Horford, they pivoted to free-agent center Ian Mahinmi and secured him on a four-year deal for $64 million, league sources told CSNmidatlantic.com on Saturday. Mahinmi, a 6-11 center, had the best season of his..." July 03

  • Wizards interested in Ian Mahinmi, according to report

    Bullets Forever "The Wizards need to shore up their depth at every position this summer, but center is arguably the most important place to have a good backup in place, since Gortat is the oldest member of Washington’s starting five next season. That said, the first center connected with the team is an interesting..." July 02

  • Why NBA players get paid so much more than NFL stars

    SB Nation "Among the loudest voices expressing shock over some of the massive deals signed on the first day of NBA free agency were NFL players. Ryan Wilson at CBS Sports has a good round-up. This example from DeAngelo Williams sums up the sentiment. Many sports fans — even many NBA fans, who have had..." July 02

  • Celtics, Wizards front-runners for Al Horford

    Yahoo! Sports "The Boston Celtics and Washington Wizards have emerged as the frontrunners to sign free-agent big man Al Horford, and a final decision is expected Saturday night, league sources told The Vertical. Horford could sign a four-year, $113 million maximum contract to leave the Atlanta..." July 02

  • Jared Dudley agrees to 3 year, $30 million deal with the Suns, per report

    SB Nation "Unrestricted free agent Jared Dudley is headed home, agreeing to sign a three-year, $30 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. Dudley spent four and a half seasons with the Suns, more than any other team in his career, from 2008 to 2013. Dudley, 30,..." July 01

  • Report: Spurs among 7 teams in hunt for Ian Mahinmi

    The Score "After a big chunk of the NBA free-agent market got bitten off Friday, teams are swarming the remaining available players like moths to a flame. Free-agent center Ian Mahinmi is one such player, and he reportedly has at least seven teams currently pursuing him. The San Antonio Spurs,..." July 01

  • Bradley Beal Agrees to Five-Year, $128 Million Deal With the Wizards

    SLAM Online "The Washington Wizards, as expected, met Bradley Beal’s contractual demands on the first day of free agency. The 23-year-old has come to terms on a five-year max deal worth about $128 million, according to his agent. " July 01

  • Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal deep in talks on 5-year deal worth nearly $130 million

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The official NBA free agency period began at 12 a.m ET Friday morning and it did not take long for the Wizards to escalate negotiations with restricted free agent shooting guard Bradley Beal. The organization extended a qualifying offer to Beal on Thursday afternoon, and shortly after midnight,..." July 01

  • Wizards owe it to John Wall to make this the ‘biggest summer’

    Washington Post "Take dollars and cents out of the equation, and now ask yourself what’s the biggest reason a prominent NBA free agent might want to join the Wizards. I’ve got my answer. John Wall has his. Turns out they match. “You’re playing with me, first of all,” Wall said with a grin this week. “A..." June 30

  • Report: Wizards to target Horford, Batum in free agency

    The Score "The Washington Wizards are looking at plans B, C, D, and so on with the pipe dream of four-time scoring champion Kevin Durant making his way home basically extinguished. On top of the team's reported interest in sharpshooting big man Ryan Anderson, the Wizards also plan to target All-Star..." June 29

  • Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets

    Real GM Basketball "The Atlanta Hawks will compete to re-sign Al Horford with the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. Horford is a free agent for the first time in his career." June 28

  • Ryan Anderson is a luxury solution to the Wizards' stretch four problem

    Bullets Forever "The Washington Wizards are quickly approaching one of the most important and unpredictable summers in the history of their franchise. The team will have plenty of money to spend on talent and lots of roster spots that need to be filled,even once you factor in the max deal they'll likely offer..." June 27

  • USA Basketball unveils 2016 Olympic team roster

    NBA.com "Featuring six Olympic and/or FIBA World Cup gold medalists, USA Basketball unveiled its official 12-man 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. Selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title, were: Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks/Syracuse); Harrison..." June 27

  • Wizards fire head trainer, according to report

    Bullets Forever "We all knew this was going to be a summer of changes for the Wizards, but the most recent change is a rather unexpected one that doesn’t involve the team’s roster. J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic is reporting the Wizards fired Eric Waters, their head trainer since 2004, even though he still had..." June 26

  • Despite So Many Dropping Out, The USA Basketball Roster For Rio Is Really Really Good

    Uproxx "LeBron James is out; Same with Kawhi Leonard; Damian Lillard isn’t going to Rio because of rehab and more than a bit of disgruntlement. Two-time MVP and zero-time Finals MVP Steph Curry is out. You can add Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, plus LaMarcus Aldridge, James Harden, Anthony Davis,..." June 26