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Washington Wizards fire head trainer, according to report

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 one year left on his contract. It’s a curious move on a number of levels, which is...
Via Bullets Forever
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

James Southerland agrees to deal to play for Wizards in Vegas Summer League, according to report

The Wizards are adding a little experience to their summer league squad. James Southerland, who played at Syracuse and had brief NBA stints with the Bobcats and Pelicans, and has played in previous summer leagues for the 76ers, Warriors, Pelicans, and Thunder, will be on the Wizards’ squad this summer, according to Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard: A source close to Southerland...
Via Bullets Forever
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Sterling Gibbs will play with Wizards Summer League team, according to report

After the first flurry of Summer League signings, it was clear the Wizards were going to need to add some more backcourt depth. Now, it looks like they're beginning to do just that. Washington has signed Sterling Gibbs to their Summer League squad, according to Adam Zagoria of SportsNet New York. Former UConn/Seton Hall G @SterlingGibbs4 will play summer league with the Wizards—...
Via Bullets Forever
17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Wizards fire head athletic trainer after difficult season

After an injury-riddled season for Wizards that ended with their two best players-- John Wall and Bradley Beal -- watching their two-year playoff run dissolve,
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Durant setting free agent meetings, just not with Wizards for now

After two years of rampant speculation about Kevin Durant's playing future, the time has come for meetings with the free agent. As of now, the Wizards aren't getting one.
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wizards are ‘pessimistic’ about their chances to sign Kevin Durant

It appears reality has finally set in with the Washington Wizards. According to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Wizards have become “pessimistic” about the chances to be a real factor in the Kevin Durant sweepstakes, as teams such as the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, and Oklahoma City Thunder have been established as frontrunners for Durant. Sources say Durant’s...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wizards' Beal is latest to decline Rio Olympics invite

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal has declined an invitation to play for the United States in the Rio Olympics. Beal said on Twitter that he has decided to dedicate his summer to getting into shape for next season. He called the invitation from USA Basketball ''the ultimate honor.'' The 22-year-old is the latest player to turn down the chance to play for the...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal declines invitation to join Team USA

Bradley Beal is the latest to a growing list to decline an invitation to Team USA for the 2016 Olympics this summer in Brazil. The 23-year-old announced on Friday he will not participate in the Olympics, as he focuses on getting in the “best” physical shape of his life and preparing for the upcoming season with the Washington Wizards. I could not be more grateful for the invitation...
Via KCM Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

People are reacting very badly to the report of the Wizards going after Joakim Noah

On second thought, maybe the Wizards should sit free agency out this summer. After Washington was a bystander during Thursday’s NBA draft, having traded their first-round pick for Markieff Morris, my colleague Jerry Brewer wrote that the Wizards “can’t be can’t be timid or stubborn over the next few weeks,” the start of the most competitive […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Report: Wizards Leading Contenders for Joakim Noah

WASHINGTON — The Wizards are leading a pack of NBA teams in pursuit of free agent big man Joakim Noah. According to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News, four teams — the Wizards, Knicks, Timberwolves and Bucks — plan to make Noah and offer, although the Wizards are said to be willing to offer Noah a max deal, which could reach $120 million over four seasons. This would likely...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Grunfeld believes John Wall will be ready for training camp

John Wall is coming off two knee surgeries, but his status will not impact what the Wizards do in free agency because Ernie Grunfeld believes
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wizards Make No Draft Picks for First Time in Team History

WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards sat out the NBA draft entirely, the first time in the franchise’s 55-year history that the team did not make a selection. “The people we were looking at weren’t available at the time we were looking at,” Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld said as the draft concluded a little past midnight on Friday. “And this wasn’t one of the stronger...
Via CBS DC
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards’ 2016 NBA Draft Recap

Washington Wizards 2016 NBA Draft selection recap.
Via CBS DC
2 days ago  |  Discuss

For 1st time in club history, Wizards make no draft picks

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards sat out the NBA draft entirely, the first time in the franchise's 55-year history that the team did not make a selection. The Wizards entered Thursday's draft without a pick because they had traded two away. The club's first-round choice, No. 13 overall, was sent to Phoenix in the deal that brought forward Markieff Morris to Washington in...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards Coach Scott Brooks defends Markieff Morris trade

Here is my preview of the Wizards at this year’s NBA draft: […] I hope you enjoyed my preview of the Wizards at this year’s NBA draft. Look, I was one of those defending the midseason trade of this year’s first-round pick for Markieff Morris. Sure, the move carried the slight odor of settling: by […]
Via DC Sports Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Which free agent is perfect for Washington Wizards

Now that the 2015-16 NBA season is officially over, everyone is gearing up for the NBA draft and impending free agency. The Washington Wizards have not made it a secret that they intend to be major players in free agency this summer. While this free agent class does not contain as many big fish as desired, it does still have a lot of really good players that could make an impact...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcin Gortat meets giraffe named after him, calls it his ‘godson’

Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat met the giraffe named after him and a new friendship seemed to be formed. Gortat posted pictures on his Instagram where he fed his “godson,” Gortat. Warning: The pictures are extremely adorable. Czas nakarmić chrześniaka A photo posted by Marcin Gortat (@mgortat13) on Jun 16, 2016 at 6:09am PDT ...
Via The Comeback
9 days ago  |  Discuss

No Max Beal: The Washington Wizards Biggest Offseason Decision

The Washington Wizards’ 2015-2016 season was disappointing to say the least. When the season finished the team was 41-41, 10th in the Eastern Conference, and out of the playoffs. Since, the Wizards fired head coach Randy Wittman and hired former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks to replace him. Still, the Wizards’ biggest decision is yet to come. In the upcoming NBA...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall not happy at exclusion from All-NBA team: ‘I got snaked twice’

John Wall thinks he doesn’t get enough respect around the league, and he is using the All-NBA voting as evidence of that. Wall was excluded from all three All-NBA teams in both 2015 and 2016, and he has a big problem with that. “I’m pissed the last two years about that,” Wall said Thursday, via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic. “I got snaked twice.” Wall received just...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 days ago  |  Discuss

John Wall on recruiting Durant: ‘I’m not forcing the issue’

The Washington Wizards are one of the teams that have been linked to Kevin Durant for quite some time, and you would expect that John Wall would be the guy to recruit Durant to the nation’s capital at some point. The star point guard says he is in no rush, however. In a recent interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, Wall said he will speak with Durant at some point if he feels...
Via Larry Brown Sports
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards will offer Beal max contract

Bradley Beal said last week he deserves a maximum contract and if the Washington Wizards couldn’t meet that requirement then he might go elsewhere. The Wizards heard Beal loud and clear and will reportedly offer him a five-year, max deal this summer when he becomes a restricted free agent. From Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post: The Wizards are expected to offer Beal a...
Via The Sports Daily
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Markieff Morris detained at airport on suspicion of marijuana possession

It looks like the drama with Markieff Morris didn’t quite end with his trade out of Phoenix. According to a report by John Gonzalez of CSNPhilly.com on Thursday, the Wizards forward was detained at Philadelphia International Airport on suspicion of possessing marijuana in his bag. Wash Wizard Markieff Morris detained @ PHL Int. airport today when “suspected marijuana” allegedly...
Via Larry Brown Sports
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Tracy McGrady jokes: ‘If Bradley Beal is a max player, I’m coming back’

If Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal gets a max contract this summer, former NBA player Tracy McGrady is going to come out of retirement. “If he’s a max player, I’m coming back,” McGrady said on ESPN’s The Jump, tongue in cheek. Tracy McGrady just now on ESPN's The Jump, asked about Bradley Beal: "If he's a max player, I'm coming back." — Abe Schwadron (@abe_squad...
Via The Sports Daily
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal: 'I feel like I'm a max player'

Bradley Beal believes he’s a max player and he’s making no bones about saying so publicly. Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post quoted the Washington Wizards guard, who made it very clear what kind of money he was looking for. “I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere...
Via Sportsnaut
May 23, 2016  |  Discuss

John Wall undergoes surgery on both knees

Washington Wizards All-Star John Wall has only missed eight games to injury over the past three seasons. This came after three injury-filled years to start his NBA career. That’s the good news for fans in D.C. The bad news? Wall just underwent surgery on both of his knees after his Wizards team concluded a disappointing 2015-16 campaign. Here’s an official press release from...
Via Sportsnaut
May 05, 2016  |  Discuss
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