Wizards Rumors & News

  • Beal leads Wizards in rout of Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- There's an argument that either the Washington Wizards or Portland Trail Blazers has the best starting backcourt in the NBA outside of Golden State's tandem of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. There was no debate over which team was better when Portland and Washington met on Martin..." January 16

  • Boston’s Jae Crowder fined $25,000, Washington’s John Wall $15,000 for confrontation

    Pro Basketball Talk "That became an expensive conversation. The Celtics’ 117-108 win over the Wizards this week was chippy — Otto Porter said the Celtics try to play dirty — and after the final buzzer Jae Crowder and John Wall had words, which became Crowder pointing at the face of Wall, then Wall responding in..." January 15

  • Wizards stop 76ers, run home win streak to 11

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Slow starts remain an issue for the Washington Wizards. Just not a major one as long as John Wall is around for fast finishes. Wall scored 25 points and Bradley Beal had 20 as the Washington Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 109-93 on Saturday night for their 11th..." January 14

  • John Wall gives his Eastern Conference All-Star starters

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "While John Wall continues to have ground to make up in All-Star fan voting, the Wizards point guard believes he should be a starter and hopes that will be the case once all the fan votes are counted, plus those coming from media and his NBA player peers. Wall, when asked on Friday for whom he..." January 13

  • Otto Porter: Celtics ‘try to play dirty’

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The security on the court didn't appear to be in hurry to calm tensions that bubbled over after everyone left. And before Wizards coach Scott Brooks said a word, he took excpetion to three Boston police officers stationed in front of his locker room rather than that of the Celtics. They quickly..." January 13

  • John Wall, Jae Crowder separated by teammates after postgame scuffle

    ESPN "Five Boston police officers stood guard between the locker rooms of the Celtics and Washington Wizards after tempers flared following the final buzzer of Wednesday's game at TD Garden. Members of both teams had to be separated when Washington's John Wall and Boston's Jae Crowder got into an..." January 12

  • Thomas scores 38 as Celtics KO Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Isaiah Thomas had a fan in the front row Wednesday night, with boxing great Floyd Mayweather cheering him on. Boston's little big man almost needed the boxer after the game. In the moments after Thomas scored 20 of his 38 points in the fourth quarter to lead the undermanned..." January 11

  • Wall's jumper pulls Wizards past Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Bulls rookie Denzel Valentine had good reason for feeling jubilant about his performance deep into Chicago's game against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. It was just that his celebration woke up John Wall's inner monster. Wall hit the game-winning jump shot with five..." January 10

  • That Time Charles Oakley Allegedly Slapped Charles Barkley

    Complex "Former NBA All-Stars Charles Barkley and Charles Oakley never liked one another. Never was that more evident than when they got into this fight during a preseason game in 1996 Oakley's dislike for Sir Charles surfaced again during the 2016 playoffs, after Oakley warned Barkley to "stop talking..." January 10

  • Bradley, Wall lead Wizards over Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- With their superstar-in-the-making, Giannis Antetokounmpo out with illness, the Milwaukee Bucks needed somebody to step up and pick up the slack Sunday afternoon against Washington. And while Jabari Parker scored 28 points and Malcolm Brogdon set a career-high with 22, a..." January 08

  • John Wall and Bradley Beal have each other’s vote for the All-Star Game

    Washington Post "Based on the first fan voting returns released by the NBA on Thursday, John Wall and Bradley Beal have some work to do if they’re to become the first Wizards teammates selected to the All-Star Game since Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler in 2008. Wall, who is averaging a career-best 23.5 points,..." January 07

  • Wizards overcome Wiggins' 41 in 112-105 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Andrew Wiggins rebounded from a brutal offensive performance in the Timberwolves' previous game with a showing against the Wizards that reminded all he was selected first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft. It just wasn't enough to take down -- or rather, slow down -- another former No. 1..." January 06

  • Kenyon Martin And Tim Thomas Are Reportedly Finally Going To Fight Thanks To 50 Cent

    Uproxx "Kenyon Martin has been in the news recently, largely due to his fantastic response to George Karl’s new book. In that book, Karl alleges that Martin did not fully reach his ceiling because he didn’t have a father figure and, on cue, Martin blasted his former coach with an epic Twitter rant. On..." January 06

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Cavaliers' James and Irving lead in first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017

    NBA.com "LeBron James and Kyrie Irving of the defending NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers are the top two vote-getters overall, while Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors lead all Western Conference players in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting 2017 presented by..." January 05

  • Is the NBA's scoring explosion too hot or just right?

    ESPN "Joe Harris, fresh from the D-League, couldn't believe what Brooklyn's new coaching staff was telling him in training camp. "We pushed him to be our Kyle Korver," Kenny Atkinson, Brooklyn's head coach, told ESPN.com. "And he was kinda like that battered little doe you find in the forest. He had..." January 05

  • NBA, Adidas unveil 2017 All-Star uniforms for next month's game at Smoothie King Center

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "When the All-Stars take to the court for the Feb. 19 NBA All-Star Game at the Smoothie King Center, the West players will be wearing charcoal-gray uniforms with red numbers trimmed in gold, while the East players will be wearing light gray jerseys with blue numbers trimmed in white. Both..." January 05

  • Barnes helps Mavericks storm past Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "DALLAS -- The Washington Wizards were making one last push when Harrison Barnes took a pass from Deron Williams at the top of the arc. The leading scorer for the Dallas Mavericks misfired on his last three shots, aiding the Wizards' comeback efforts. "I missed some shots there down the..." January 04

  • John Wall, James Harden named Kia Players of the Month

    NBA.com "The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Wall led the Eastern Conference in assists (10.7 apg) and steals (2.67 spg) and ranked fifth in..." January 03

  • Gordon, Harden help Rockets win fifth straight

    The Sports Xchange "HOUSTON -- After a lengthy stretch of efficient scoring off the bench during December, Houston Rockets reserve guard Eric Gordon solidified his standing as a frontrunner for Sixth Man of the Year honors. Following his performance on Monday night, Gordon has teammates lobbying for greater..." January 02

  • Nets could pursue Otto Porter next summer

    Hoops Rumors "Otto Porter will be a restricted free agent at the end of the season and the feeling within the Wizards’ organization is that he will draw interest from the Nets, Brian Lewis of the New York Post writes. GM Sean Marks has attempted to land restricted free agents in the past, but he failed on..." January 02

  • Burke leads Wizards past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Smiles were in short supply earlier this season for John Wall and the Washington Wizards. As they end 2016, there's plenty of reason for joy beyond bringing in the New Year. Trey Burke scored 20 of 27 his points in the first half as the Washington Wizards won their eighth..." December 30

  • LeBron James on Michael Jordan: “Our games are completely different”

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James is compared to Michael Jordan not because they have similar styles, but because at a certain point the games great players can only be measured against one another — and Michael Jordan is the ultimate bar. He is the GOAT (at least for most people, you can argue it if you want). LeBron..." December 29

  • Wizards get bumped from national TV and John Wall isn’t going to take it anymore

    Washington Post "In pop culture, your stereotypical conspiracy theorist has crazy eyes and an overgrown beard, lives in the backwoods and tries to convince the Internet on the existence of UFOs. John Wall doesn’t fit that description. And yet, on Wednesday night, Wall sat isolated in his corner spot of the..." December 29

  • Some teams are reportedly pushing for 48-minute reports on NBA officiating

    CBS Sports "While players like Kevin Durant and LeBron James have spoken out against the NBA's Last Two Minute reports, some teams are pushing for a full 48-minute report on officiating every game, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski. In a video report, Wojnarowski described a "war in the NBA"..." December 29

  • Wall just misses triple-double in Wizards' 111-105 win

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards couldn't win games earlier this season when their starters rested or missed any time. Their latest victory showed just how far they've come. John Wall had 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists as the surging Washington Wizards fended off the Indiana..." December 28

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • Porter, Wizards hold off Bucks

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- Christmas came late for Otto Porter and the Washington Wizards. They were nonetheless excited about unwrapping a revenge-win over the Milwaukee Bucks a day after Santa Claus made his rounds all the same. Porter scored 32 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Wizards..." December 26

  • Bucks fans jab John Wall with clever taunt

    Larry Brown Sports "Bucks fans are straight ruthless with opposing point guards. As Wizards point guard John Wall stepped to the free throw line during Milwaukee’s 123-96 victory over Washington on Friday night, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post noticed an amusing chant breaking out amongst the Milwaukee..." December 25

  • Antetokounmpo, Brogdon fuel Bucks past Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- A big problem for the Milwaukee Bucks this season has been playing to their level of competition; they've put forth some of their best performances against the league's blue bloods but also have laid some of their biggest eggs against teams buried way beneath them in the..." December 23

  • Report: Working with Luol Deng on contract, Wizards were stunned by Lakers’ huge offer

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Wizards’ 2016 offseason was a disaster. Prized hometown player Kevin Durant eliminated them before free agency even began. Washington came close to signing Ryan Anderson, but let him linger to chase Al Horford – who didn’t even include the Wizards in his final two. They also lost Anderson..." December 22

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • Guards To Watch on Trade Market

    Basketball Insiders "Trade talk around the league has been relatively quiet compared to previous years as teams waited for updates on the new CBA. Teams are also trying to figure out if they’re contenders or pretenders due to league-wide parity. However, it won’t be long before trade winds begin to swirl. The No. 3..." December 22

  • Wall, Beal lead Wizards' rally past Bulls

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Scott Brooks knows when his Washington Wizards can play on the run, good things happen, especially down the stretch when the pace starts to wear down opposing teams. And after a slow start on Wednesday night, the Wizards sped up behind John Wall, who scored 23 points to go along..." December 21

  • Wizards’ Ian Mahinmi expected to miss next six weeks

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Wizards signed veteran big man Ian Mahinmi to a massive contract this offseason with the defense-first center becoming one of the beneficiaries of the NBA’s salary cap exploding to $94 million. However, the team has not seen a return on their gargantuan investment thus..." December 20

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • NBA maximum contracts could approach $250 million by 2020

    Fox Sports "The NBA is awash in cash these days, and that means future free agents are going to get paid. On Tuesday, Yahoo Sports reported that the NBA salary cap is expected to rise from approximately $94 million in 2016 to an astonishing $120 million in 2020: Of course, that salary cap is just a..." December 20

  • Craig Sager’s Memorial Service Was A Collection Of Painfully Beautiful Moments And Tributes

    Uproxx "Craig Sager’s memorial service was held in Atlanta on Monday. His family and friends from decades of covering sports came out to say goodbye, including his long-time co-worker and friend Ernie Johnson, who delivered a touching tribute to Sager in the form of a poem. NBA TV aired the service..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • Young's last-second shot sends Pacers past Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young proved to be the right man with the right move. With the game tied with 4.6 seconds left, the Pacers came out of the timeout with the plan to get the ball to their star, Paul George. "They switched out and denied Paul," Pacers..." December 19

  • Beal scores 41 as Wizards top Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Los Angeles Clippers have lost confidence in their defense. Bradley Beal and the Wizards took advantage. Beal had 41 points and six 3-pointers as the surging Washington Wizards rallied past the Clippers for a 117-110 win on Sunday evening. Markieff Morris scored 23..." December 18

  • Wall, Beal lead Wizards past Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Washington Wizards have plenty of work remaining before their record reaches .500, let alone look like a team capable of a playoff run. Then again, if this recent run of strong performances turns into a lengthy trend, perceptions could change quickly. John Wall had 29..." December 16

  • Wall: Lack of national TV appearances could affect my next contract

    Washington Post "When the NBA’s new collective bargaining agreement becomes official, benefits should abound for both players and teams. Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, however, might feel blocked from his full share from the honey pot. As Wall has emerged as the face of the franchise, he has felt..." December 16

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Longtime sideline reporter Craig Sager dies

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65. Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading. He got his start in television as..." December 15

  • Union Sought 'Zero And Two' Rule For NBA Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to keep the current "one and done" rule in place without any alteration. Under the 2005 collective bargaining agreement, the owners and players agreed to require players from the United States to be one year removed from high school before entering the draft. The..." December 15

  • From players' perspective, warm reaction to new work agreement

    ESPN "While Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green may have posted some dismissive tweets to Wednesday's news that the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, reaction seemed to be generally positive from NBA..." December 15

  • NBA and players association have one month to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

    Sports Day "The NBA and its players have agreed in principle on a new collective bargaining agreement, one that still needs to be ratified by players and owners in the coming weeks. The league announced the tentative agreement Wednesday night, one day before the sides faced a deadline for opting out of the..." December 15

  • NBA, players union reach tentative new labor agreement

    ESPN "The NBA and the NBA Players Association jointly announced Wednesday night that they have a reached tentative agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement pending ratification by the league's players and team owners. The sides have agreed to extend its mutual deadline to opt out of the..." December 15