Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Marcus Thornton (thumb) sat out of Thursday's practice

Thornton is dealing with a jammed thumb, and was held out as a precaution. This doesn't sound like it will be a long-term injury, but Thornton won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues as long as Bradley Beal is healthy.
Sep 29 - 1:57 PM

Bradley Beal (concussion) was held out of Thursday's practice.

Beal is in the concussion protocol and will be unable to work out until he's cleared. While the 23-year-old is still an injury risk, he has enough upside to warrant a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues after averaging 17.4 points, 2.9 assists, 1.9 triples and 1.0 steal in 55 games last season.
Sep 29 - 1:35 PM

Scott Brooks said that in addition to earning some time at shooting guard, Tomas Satoransky will compete for minutes at small forward position as well.

Satoransky will be fighting for reserve minutes with the likes of Trey Burke, Marcus Thornton and Kelly Oubre, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a worthwhile asset in most settings.
Sep 28 - 1:15 PM

Scott Brooks said that John Wall (knees) looked "fresh" after his second consecutive day of practicing at the Wizards' training camp.

Wall practicing for the second day in a row is certainly an encouraging sign regarding his recovery from the offseason knee procedures, although he's still not officially been cleared for contact. Wall is as tough as they come, but two knee surgeries in one offseason is nothing to shrug at. He'll be a risky early-round pick on draft day.
Sep 28 - 1:11 PM

John Wall (knees) said he felt "great" following his first day of practice at training camp.

"I feel great," Wall said. "I’m a little fatigued but other than that I feel really good." While Wall didn't go through the live portions of Tuesday's practice, head coach Scott Brooks estimated that he got through about 70 percent of the work, and Kelly Oubre said that he was dunking during some drills. It sounds like Wall is making solid progress in his recovery from the two knee surgeries he underwent this summer, but until he's officially cleared to play, he'll remain a risky early-round pick.
Sep 28 - 9:23 AM

Trey Burke said he finally has an opportunity to be himself with the Wizards.

"Last year I didn’t have the opportunity that I’ll have here. Towards the end of the year, after the deadline, they went their own route," Burke said. "I feel like I’m going to have an opportunity to be myself. I’m with an organization that will allow me to be myself. It’s a better fit for me." With John Wall (knees) limited early on in camp, Burke may have to step up and play significant minutes right out of the gate. He's got career averages of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys on 41.3 percent shooting, so there's not much upside here. He's just a short-term option for deep-league owners.
Sep 28 - 2:47 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said the starting SF role is "up for grabs."

Otto Porter is the clear favorite to start, but it's the only position on the roster that isn't set in stone. Kelly Oubre only averaged 3.7 points, 2.1 boards and 0.4 3-pointers in 10.7 minutes per game last season, but his role is expected to grow under Brooks. For now, Oubre is just a stash in dynasty leagues while Porter is an easy mid-round target.
Sep 27 - 8:15 PM

John Wall (knees) sat out the live portions of Tuesday's practice.

Wall did participate in some defensive drills, full-court drills and contact layups with the team, and Kelly Oubre said that he "looked great," although he still remains without an official timetable to return. Wall underwent procedures on both of his knees this summer, and has said that while he's hopeful for the regular-season opener, he's not going to rush his rehab. Until Wall is fully cleared, he's going to be a risky guy to invest an early-round selection on.
Sep 27 - 3:13 PM

Bradley Beal could take 20 shots per game this season.

"It’s just me just getting out of my shell," Beal said about the possible shot increase. "Just getting out of this boy stage a little bit. This young mindset of mine. It’ll come out eventually. I have a monster I need to unleash." Beal only had nine games with at least 20 shots last year, so that's a tall order. Plus, the Wizards should be limiting him based on his leg injury. He's still a decent option in the middle rounds.
Sep 26 - 6:57 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that the starting SF position is "up for grabs."

While Otto Porter is the heavy favorite to start, Brooks isn't just going to hand him the job with Kelly Oubre ready to take on a larger role. Brooks has said in the past that he's a "big believer" in Porter, so this could simply just be motivation. Porter is still a solid mid-round pick after averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 triples last season.
Sep 26 - 11:04 AM

John Wall (knee) will be limited when training camp begins on Tuesday.

The All-Star PG has recently started playing some 3-on-3, but coach Scott Brooks said the team is in "no rush" to bring him back. The Wizards haven't provided a timetable, but previous reports indicated that Wall is hopeful to be ready for the season opener. With that said, Brooks wouldn't even commit to Wall playing in the preseason. Coming off two knee surgeries, fantasy owners may want to let him slide in drafts a bit.
Sep 26 - 10:44 AM

The Wizards have officially signed Johnny O'Bryant.

It's likely just a training camp deal for O'Bryant, but even if he makes the team, he's not going to see minutes right out of the gate. O'Bryant averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Bucks last season in 13.0 minutes per game.
Source: Real GM
Sep 24 - 10:24 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said there will be "healthy competition" at small forward this season.

The suggestion is that Otto Porter might not be a lock over Kelly Oubre for the starting SF job, even though he's coming off a strong season. "We also have some younger players who are coming into camp," Brooks said. "I’d like [Porter and Oubre] to take a step in the right direction and they should." Porter has the edge and he managed top-75 value in just 30.3 minutes last year (top-50 in 9-cat), so fantasy owners shouldn't be scared off him in the middle rounds.
Sep 21 - 11:36 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

"[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds.
Sep 21 - 8:58 PM

The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation.


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