Wizards Rumors & News

  • Cap Holds For Players Coming Off Rookie Contracts Could Increase

    Real GM Basketball "Cap holds attached to free agents coming off rookie deals could jump to 250 and 300 percent of their prior salaries, which is an increase from 200 and 250 percent in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement. The San Antonio Spurs, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards held off on..." October 26

  • NBA sets record for international representation on rosters

    Today's Fastbreak "The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced Tuesday that the league’s opening night rosters have set new records for both the number of international players in the league and the number of countries represented. Opening night rosters feature a total of 113 international players from 41..." October 26

  • 5 Necessary NBA Trades Teams Are Too Scared to Make

    Complex "The job of an NBA general manager is to maximize value. Whether it's wringing the most that you can out of a player, a contract, or a trade, the mantra stays the same: maximize value. This is not always easy. In a league with 29 direct competitors and only one champion, it's difficult to always..." October 25

  • 'Huge Influx Of Money' Motivated Both Sides On New CBA

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver said the NBA and their players are close to a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement but aren't quite there yet. Multiple reports have indicated a deal on the main parts of the CBA have been agreed upon. "The reports aren't far off, but we're not quite there, yet," Silver..." October 25

  • Where Are All the White American NBA Players

    The Undefeated "J.J. Redick will be entering his 11th season in the NBA this week and for the first time he has noticed he is part of a small — and shrinking — club as a white American NBA player. The NBA certainly has its long list of European players. But the Los Angeles Clippers starting guard says he..." October 25

  • Every NBA team's best-case scenario and worst nightmare this season

    Fox Sports "The start of another NBA season is the time for hope to spring eternal — even if we're all seemingly counting the days until we crown an inevitable champion. But seasoned sports fans know a new season also brings the potential for everything to fall apart. With opening night upon us, we dived deep..." October 25

  • John Wall hopes to increase playing time as the season progresses

    Washington Post "Through his progressive comeback from double knee surgery, Washington Wizards guard John Wall has dashed through fast breaks, dunked off one foot and flaunted his normal athleticism. Now, Wall’s working to do all this for longer than eight minutes. “I’m in shape to play a certain amount of..." October 25

  • Take a Look at Gilbert Arenas' $111 Million NBA Contract

    TMZ "Ever wonder what an $111 million NBA contract looks like? Well, here you go ... courtesy of Gilbert Arenas. The ex-NBA star filed the complete 2008 contract he signed with the Washington Wizards in his family law case ... a contract which was supposed to pay $111 mil over 6 years. As Arenas..." October 25

  • Scott Brooks credits Wizards' front office for decisions on rookies 'that fit our DNA'

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The Wizards didn't have a draft pick in June, and they passed on buying a pick because president Ernie Grunfeld anticipated he could get exactly what Scott Brooks needed with rookie free agents. Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House proved him to be correct. "It says a lot about the..." October 23

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Anonymous NBA Scouts Dish Dirt On Eastern Conference Teams

    SI "For some, it's tough to form an opinion about an off-season move or development without seeing the subjects first in action on the floor. Luckily, anonymous NBA scouts do not have this problem. Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with scouts ahead of the 2016—17 season for our annual..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • Wizards' Mahinmi expected to miss 4-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery

    Today's Fastbreak "Washington Wizards’ center Ian Mahinmi underwent surgery on a partially torn medical meniscus in his left knee on Friday, according to Wizards Today. The injury occurred in Thursday’s preseason matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers. A MRI conducted on Friday revealed the damage and Mahinmi..." October 15

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of SonicsRising.com. While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • Wizards’ John Wall to make preseason debut against Knicks

    Today's Fastbreak "Washington Wizards’ point guard John Wall will make his 2016-2017 debut on Monday evening during a preseason matchup against the New York Knicks, according to The Washington Post’s Candace Buckner. This news actually comes earlier than many expected, as Wall will return to game action after..." October 11

  • Undrafted rookie Sheldon McClellan on track to earning Wizards roster spot

    Washington Post "Sheldon McClellan can laugh about it now. When McClellan thinks about this past spring and how he was the leading scorer for a Sweet 16 team but did not initially receive an invitation to the NBA draft combine, the creases around his eyes bunch up and his mouth curls into a grin. On this..." October 09

  • Wizards guard John Wall ramps up minutes in latest practice

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "As John Wall's workload increases with each passing practice, the idea of the Wizards' pass-first point guard playing in Washington's season opener becomes more tangible. "I hope so. That's my biggest goal," Wall said after Saturday's practice at Verizon Center. "That's the reason why I'm still..." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Paul Pierce Calls BS On John Wall/Bradley Beal Feud

    TMZ "There's no inner war between Washington Wizards teammates Bradley Beal and John Wall -- so says NBA superstar Paul Pierce, who says reports of a feud between the two are straight-up wrong. Wall has said in the past that "we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court" -- but said their..." October 08

  • Markieff Morris wants to burnish his hard reputation with a soft touch on three-pointers

    Washington Post "Markieff Morris was only a ninth grader when he retired from the game that best matches his personality. Morris had the veneer of a skinny freshman but was mean enough to strap up as linebacker, defensive end and wide receiver for his Philadelphia Catholic school football team. He had played..." October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • Bradley Beal says Wizards locked arms during national anthem in ‘peaceful protest’

    Washington Post "Bradley Beal on Wednesday addressed the Washington Wizards‘ decision to lock arms during Tuesday night’s playing of the national anthem, an act he described as a “peaceful protest.” “I’m not in favor of what’s been going on in the country, what’s been going on in recent past or the retaliation..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • Most surprising player for Wizards: Tomas Satoransky

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The surprise for the Wizards isn't that John Wall could be back sooner than later. Or that Kelly Oubre stands a chance at winning the starting job at small forward. It's rookie Tomas Satoransky, who not only has freakish athleticism but a basketball IQ that caught all of his teammates..." September 30

  • NBA hopes new replay protocol speeds up play

    USA Today "In an ongoing effort to make NBA replay reviews more efficient and less time-consuming, more in-game reviews are expected to be made this season by the league’s staff at the high-tech replay center in Secaucus, N.J. Last season, 72% of reviews were determined by the replay center, and during..." September 29

  • Darrell Arthur: Turning down Spurs, Wizards, Clippers in free agency to stay with Nuggets “an easy decision for me”

    Denver Post "The narrative in the NBA for years has been that free agents don’t want to come to, or stay in, Denver. The Nuggets, though, point to a group of players who might be changing that perception. In the past couple of years Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Darrell Arthur all could have opted to..." September 29

  • Gilbert Arenas on Never Using a Condom Again Because He Won His STD Lawsuit

    Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas recently won a lawsuit against his baby mama Laura Govan after she accused him of having multiple STDs. Arenas was awarded $110k. He has decided to celebrate by saying he is never wearing a condom again and will sue any woman who asks him to do so. Flip the page to see his..." September 27

  • What NBA players and coaches are saying about national anthem protests

    USA Today "As NBA teams hold their annual media days before training camps tip off, players and coaches across the league are speaking out in the wake of the national anthem protests that have swept the sports world in recent weeks. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry: "I respect everybody’s..." September 27

  • ESPN’s deal with the NBA is killing Disney stock

    New York Post "As NBA training camps open Tuesday, one of the league’s most important players has already been placed on disability. Drexel Hamilton analyst Tony Wible downgraded Disney stock on Monday in response to “a massive increase in NBA costs” for ESPN. Disney’s deal to televise NBA games, with its..." September 27

  • Beal says he and Wall are fine, will 'be in rankings of the best backcourt'

    USA Today "The Washington Wizards have – when point guard John Wall and shooting guard Bradley Beal are both healthy – one of the best backcourts in the NBA. But do they get along well enough to make it work this season with new Wizards coach Scott Brooks?" September 26

  • Report: NBA not planning to change rule requiring players to stand for national anthem

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA and union are discussing how to handle expected national-anthem protests, a movement started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the Star Spangled Banner in objection to police brutality against blacks. Unlike the NFL, the NBA has an explicit rule for the anthem:..." September 22

  • NBA Sends Letter to Players Explaining How It Plans to Help Local Communities

    Complex "At the 2016 ESPY Awards, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James took the stage at the start of the show to call for change in their respective communities in light of the police brutality and violence that has plagued many different parts of the country. "We all feel..." September 22

  • NBA, players' union outline joint 'meaningful action' plan in letter

    ESPN "The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have worked together over the past several days to create a plan for handling potential protests by players during the national anthem, sources told ESPN.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver and union executive director Michele Roberts on..." September 22

  • Which NBA teams should tank in 2016–17?

    SI "NBA practices open next week, and hopes are high in cities all over the league. But I'm not here to talk about hope. This is about reality. This is about maturity. It's about about staring hope in the face, and answering back with pragmatism. It's about burning down the forest so that the heat can..." September 22

  • No truth to John Wall-Jahlil Okafor-Reggie Jackson-Brandon Knight trade rumor

    Pro Basketball Talk "There was a rumor floating around a few days ago that seemed to originate from the type of website that shamelessly turns fan ideas into “trade rumors” without any knowledge into whether the teams are actually discussing it. The version I saw was a four-team trade: Pistons Give: Reggie..." September 20

  • Every NBA team's best and worst player according to NBA 2K17

    Fox Sports "NBA 2K17 officially releases today, and one of the best aspects of playing the yearly basketball sim before the NBA season kicks off is seeing how each team's new arrivals and rookies look on the court. Many of the rookies selected in the 2016 draft didn't get much love from the ratings wizards at..." September 20

  • John Wall Angers His Fans by Arriving at the Cowboys vs. Redskins Game in a Cowboys Jersey

    Fox Sports "John Wall has spent his entire NBA career in Washington with the Wizards, but that won’t stop him from representing his favorite NFL team at FedEx Field. On Sunday, he showed up at the Cowboys-Redskins game wearing a throwback Emmitt Smith jersey, which should go over just fine with the fans in..." September 18

  • Wizards Fans Upset Bradley Beal Showed Ezekiel Elliott Love on IG

    Black Sports Online "The comments are a war zone. What people are messing is that Ezekiel Elliott & Bradley Beal are from Saint Louis, so there is a natural connection there." September 18

  • Wizards not rushing Wall's recovery

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "John Wall is progressing following two knee procedures this offseason, but it remains uncertain whether the Washington Wizards point guard will be ready for the regular season opener on Oct. 27. "He's working hard. Every day he's in the gym, getting his rehab on his body," coach Scott Brooks..." September 15

  • Kevin Seraphin asked Wizards to trade him when Wittman wouldn't play him

    CBS Sports "Snake-loving Indiana Pacers big man Kevin Seraphin told French newspaper L'Equipe that he asked the Washington Wizards to trade him multiple times when former coach Randy Wittman refused to give him consistent minutes. Here's the quote, as translated by HoopsHype's Jorge Sierra: "Every year..." September 14

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Wizards Coach Scott Brooks: ‘I don’t see our team having a problem with chemistry’

    Washington Post "Scott Brooks reclined in a folding chair inside the Washington Wizards‘ practice facility. He was dressed casually in gray shorts and an athletic shirt, as if at any moment he might jump into a pick-up basketball game. He looked relaxed, smiling often. Certainly, with training camp a few weeks..." September 12

  • Johnny O’Bryant to sign with Wizards

    Today's Fastbreak "According to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN, the Washington Wizards are poised to sign 23-year-old big man Johnny O’Bryant. The former LSU Tiger and two-time All-SEC honoree is a former second-round pick (No. 36) courtesy of the 2014 NBA Draft, where he was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks...." September 11

  • The best NBA free agents still on the board

    Today's Fastbreak "Jesus Gomez ByJesus GomezPosted on September 8, 2016 It’s September, which means most NBA teams have largely gone into deep offseason mode. Rosters are mostly set and training camp doesn’t start for a few more weeks. The work that needed to be done over the summer is mostly over in all but..." September 09

  • NBA revenue expected to hit $8 billion in 2016-2017

    Today's Fastbreak "ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell tweeted on Thursday that the NBA’s revenue for next season is projected to hit the $8 billion mark. The league reportedly earned $5.2 billion during the 2014-2015 season, which was a record at that time. In February, Forbes estimated that the New York..." September 08

  • Spurs send personalized jersey to Kirk Cousins, Wizards take exception

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins recently said that he wants the team to be like the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL, so the Spurs decided to show him some love. “I’ve told my teammates that I’d like to be the San Antonio Spurs of the NFL, be super boring and maybe people at the end of..." September 02