Wizards Rumors & News

  • Wizards sweep Raptors with 125-94 rout in Game 4

    Washington Post "Paul Pierce strutted off the Verizon Center floor Sunday evening to a standing ovation, beckoning more noise from the broom-wielding capacity crowd, soaking in yet another memorable playoff moment. He had just haunted the Toronto Raptors one final time, applying the finishing touches to the..." April 27

  • Paul Pierce trolls Drake, Raptors after sweep

    Pro Basketball Talk "Paul Pierce tormented the Raptors all series – from “It” to a huge Game 1 to “That’s why I’m here!” So, once the Wizards completed their sweep of Toronto, Pierce sure wasn’t stopping. He took aim at his old friend Drake, whose last album was “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late:” " April 27

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    Jorge Castillo @jorgeccastillo

    Asked Wittman how Beal's doing after banging knees with a Raptors player last night. "Fine," he said.

  • Wizards grind out Game 3 to beat Raptors again

    CSN Washington "No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series, which means the Toronto Raptors, who lost 106-99 on Friday at Verizon Center, should commence booking summer vacations. The Wizards? Their franchise, which has won an NBA championship and been to three NBA Finals,..." April 25

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

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    Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee

    Paul Pierce shouting on the way to the locker room after #wizards Game 2 win: "I don't want to go through customs no more."

  • Bradley Beal, John Wall lead Wizards to commanding series lead against Raptors

    Washington Post "The Bradley Beal who the Washington Wizards need in the playoffs, the aggressive, tenacious scorer who can bludgeon opponents in the blink of an eye, materialized for 12 minutes in the Wizards’ heated 117-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference..." April 22

  • All-Star PGs Wall, Lowry look to bounce back in Game 2

    ESPN.com "The battle between Eastern Conference All-Star point guards didn’t exactly go the way John Wall and Kyle Lowry probably envisioned it would in Game 1. Wall missed 13-of-18 shots and finished with only 10 points. Lowry missed 8-of-10 shots and scored seven points before fouling out and watching..." April 20

  • Man charged in fight over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is better

    Chicago Tribune "Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges. Daniel Mondelice, 22, was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that'

    CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • Greivis Vasquez sick of talking about Paul Pierce, but says he has big balls

    CBSSports.com "Greivis Vasquez had words for Paul Pierce on Sunday. A lot of them. When a reporter brought up Pierce's comments from Saturday about a “psychological war,” the Toronto Raptors guard laughed. Then he interrupted the question about the Washington Wizards forward, who injected some drama into the..." April 19

  • Washington takes Game 1 from Toronto

    Washington Post "For two years, the Toronto Raptors were a baffling riddle to the Washington Wizards. They couldn’t figure them out in the District or in Canada, in overtime or in regulation. But they entered Saturday’s Game 1 against the nemesis confident that the past, seven losses in the last eight meetings,..." April 19

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri again swears to crowd before playoff opener

    ESPN.com "Masai Ujiri did it again. Last year the Toronto Raptors general manager stepped in front of several thousand fans outside Air Canada Centre before the first game of the playoffs and declared "F--- Brooklyn" before his team took on the Nets. Saturday he did it again, responding to Washington..." April 19

  • Bradley Beal on Billy Donovan: 'I think he'll definitely leave' for NBA

    CBSSports.com "Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who played for Billy Donovan at Florida, thinks that his former college coach will make the jump to the NBA. Beal appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday, and he was asked what kind of pro coach Donovan would make. "I think he'd be great," Beal..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

  • 10d
    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • Wizards' second-half slide protected their 2015 draft picks?

    CSN Washington "One bit of upside from the Washington Wizards' so-so record over the second half of the season? They can keep their 2015 second-round pick. The Wizards added Kris Humphries last summer. Not as a free agent, but via a sign-and-trade deal with the Boston Celtics. The return compensation, a future..." April 16

  • LeBron-less Cavaliers outpace Wizards for season-finale 113-108 overtime win

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers were without LeBron James, but they overcame an early 15-point deficit to give the fans a gritty, hard-fought 113-108 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Fan Appreciation Night in the season finale. The Wizards were down one with 10.1 seconds left when..." April 16

  • Paul Pierce: Raptors don’t have the ‘it’ factor

    Sportsnet.ca "Potential first-round opponent Paul Pierce doesn’t fear a playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors. In a revealing interview with ESPN, the Washington Wizards guard said that, despite going 0-3 against Toronto this season, the Raptors simply don’t have the “It” factor that would concern him..." April 15

  • Pacers keep hope alive with double OT win

    Indianapolis Star "The Indiana Pacers didn't need the style points on Tuesday, only the win. In a must-have game, the Pacers survived for the 99-95 victory over the Washington Wizards inside a sold-out Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Indiana (38-43), as the eighth seed, has secured a one-game lead over the Brooklyn..." April 15

  • Arenas Says Canadian National Anthem is A Waste of 5 Minutes

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas is like that uncle who used to be cool, but now tries a little too hard to fit in, which can make one very uncomfortable. This is probably how the Washington Wizards feel. The postseason begins this weekend and Arenas is already starting the trash talk. Washington will either..." April 15

  • Paul Pierce suggests his former Nets teammates are gutless

    SB Nation "The Brooklyn Nets have been given two chances to solidify their spot in the playoffs. They responded with a 23-point loss to the Bucks and a 27-point loss to the Bulls. That probably doesn't surprise Paul Pierce, who called his one year with the team "horrible" in an interview with ESPN's..." April 15

  • 12d
    Washington Wizards @WashWizards

    #Wizards Unveil New Primary Logo Press Release: http://t.co/SFVgzKImKT #dcRising pic.twitter.com/Of2WzfR9rv

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • Wizards notch 46 wins for first time in 36 years

    Washington Post "For 35 seasons, the Washington Wizards, and the Bullets before them, could not win 46 of 82 regular season games. After compiling 54 victories during the 1978-79 campaign, they reached just 44 twice and 45 once since that season, which concluded with the last of their NBA Finals appearances...." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • 14d
    Chris Vivlamore @CVivlamoreAJC

    John Wall will be available but Wizards coach won't reveal starting lineup yet. #ATLHawks

  • 14d
    Jorge Castillo @jorgeccastillo

    John Wall didn’t do go thru shootaround and is a game-time decision. Said his right ankle is still swollen.

  • John Wall says NBA players are too biased to vote on awards

    SB Nation "The idea of media members voting on season-ending awards has been a sore subject for some players and explains why the National Basketball Players Association is attempting to create its own series of honors called the Players Choice Awards. The reason for the new honors was clearly spelled out by..." April 12

  • Nets ride winning formula to blowout of Wizards

    New York Post "It took the Nets most of this season to find a formula that works. And boy, is it working. The Nets dismantled the Wizards at Barclays Center on Friday night, cruising to a 117-80 victory in front of a sellout crowd of 17,732 that watched the home team move another step closer to claiming a..." April 11

  • Sessions, Bynum play near flawless in rout of Sixers

    CSN Washington "There isn't a question which team is better going into Wednesday's game, but how well the Wizards could play without John Wall after losing the last time they came to Wells Fargo Center. Ramon Sessions made sure that didn't happen as Washington got off to a red-hot start, scoring a season-high..." April 09

  • 18d
    Chris Miller @cmillscsn

    John Wall will rest tonight vs. @Sixers. Ramon Sessions is expected to start. #WizardsTalk

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Did adidas take John Wall's logo from 'The Office'?

    CBSSports.com "This is a big year for John Wall. He made his first All-Star game and he even got his first signature shoe from adidas. Since it his own signature line, adidas created a logo which is a stylized version of his initials. But did they really create it from scratch? According to the keen eye of an..." April 07

  • Wizards will retain veteran for remainder of season

    CSN Washington "Because of a lingering left hamstring strain, Will Bynum hasn't been able to do much for the Wizards after signing a 10-day contract, but they're going to retain him for the rest of the season anyway when signs another deal Monday, CSNwashington.com has confirmed with persons with knowledge of the..." April 06

  • Wizards’ Garrett Temple expects to return for final week of regular season

    Washington Post "Temple’s absence is one of the developments that has left the Wizards’ rotation in flux. To shore up back-court depth in his absence over the past few weeks, the team signed Toure’ Murry to two 10-day contracts, then veteran Will Bynum to one when Murry sprained his ankle. But neither player has..." April 03

  • Wizards repay Sixers with one-sided beating

    CSN Washington "While it's important to keep in perspective that these are the Philadelphia 76ers, one of the NBA's worst teams, they did win when these teams met last month. Wednesday, the Wizards took out every ounce of frustration on them 106-93 at Verizon Center in front of 17,501. Otto Porter made his..." April 02

  • 25d
    Washington Wizards @WashWizards

    Paul Pierce (rest) OUT tonight vs. #Sixers, Otto Porter will start in his place #WizSixers

  • Why it's time for the Wizards to free Otto Porter

    Bullets Forever "Otto Porter's sophomore season has been marred by three blunders that people hold against him. Everyone remembers when he lost track of Tony Snell on a late possession against the Bulls. Blame it on zoning out, a defensive miscommunication or whatever else you want, bottom line he messed up, and..." March 31

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • Wizards fail to clinch postseason spot as Rockets roll in Washington

    Washington Post "For all the dread surrounding the Washington Wizards the past two months, the product of mediocrity painted on a backdrop of heightened expectations, Sunday presented an opportunity that the five seasons before last year’s resurgence had not: a chance to clinch a playoff berth. Standing in their..." March 30

  • 28d
    Jorge Castillo @jorgeccastillo

    Humphries and Temple are out, per Wittman. Blair is still not with the team for personal reasons.

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28

  • Will Bynum back in NBA with Wizards

    Detroit Free Press "Point guard Will Bynum is back in the NBA. Bynum, who spent six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, will join the Washington Wizards after playing professionally in China this season, according to several published reports. It's not clear whether he will be available for tonight's home game..." March 27

  • Wizards 'quit' playing defense late in 4th quarter

    CSN Washington "That nasty four-letter word is looking back at the Wizards, and instead of the opponent coach Randy Wittman hurled it after Wednesday's 103-101 loss to the Indiana Pacers in which they gave up leads of 13 and 10 points in each half. Mo Speights said that the Wizards (40-32) quit in their..." March 26

  • Hill's layup beats Wizards, ends Pacers' victory drought

    Indianapolis Star "Back when the Indiana Pacers glided to their season-best winning streak, they faced several rivals who were missing their star players. The list of absent or injured standouts could have made an All-Star team, but the Pacers took advantage and recorded seven straight wins. By Wednesday night,..." March 26

  • Wizards coach Randy Wittman: 'I don't give a crap what Speights thinks'

    CSN Washington "Marreese Speights should check his mail in a few weeks. If the sliding Washington Wizards start winning games, coach Randy Wittman might send the Golden State center a thank you card. The Wizards returned home following a 107-76 blowout against the Warriors on Monday, their third straight loss...." March 26

  • Lawsuit claims Paul Pierce trashed apartment during his time with Nets

    Sporting News "Paul Pierce might be gone from the Nets, but his former landlords haven't forgotten his time in New York. The Wizards forward is being accused of trashing his $30,000-a-month Manhattan rental apartment in a lawsuit. The apartment's owners, Anuragini Pandey and Rajeev Tewari, are suing Pierce..." March 25

  • 32d
    Chris Miller @cmillscsn

    Bradley Beal is out for the rest of the game with a sprain right ankle. #WizardsTalk

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