Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

The Wizards and Bradley Beal are still talking about a contract extension, but are not close to reaching terms just yet.

It's still likely the Wizards and Beal come to terms before the season starts. While Beal's injury history is a major concern, he still has superstar potential and complements John Wall very well. Fantasy owners can roll the dice on Beal in the early-middle rounds.
Jul 29 - 3:44 PM

Jared Dudley (back) said he doesn't expect to miss more than a "couple games" this regular season.

He revealed he was taking one drug for pain following the surgery on his back, mentioned he was playing through back pain since January, and had cortisone shots last year. His surgery back on July 21 gave him a prognosis of 3-4 months, so an early November return is a fair expectation. Dudley didn't really have back issues until the 2013-14 season, but he's had that problem in each of the past two seasons. Once he's healthy, he is only looking at minutes in the teens.
Jul 29 - 2:25 PM

The Wizards, Lakers and Knicks are still interested in signing free agent Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin has expressed his desire to be a starter in the NBA, but that isn't likely to happen on any of these teams. He only saw 15.6 minutes per game with the Wizards last season and posted averages of 6.6 points, 3.3 boards and 0.7 blocks, but he will likely only be an asset in deeper leagues unless he lands in an ideal situation.
Jul 28 - 2:25 PM

Bradley Beal, Gordon Hayward, Mike Conley and Mason Plumlee are reportedly planning to attend Team USA's minicamp in August.

The United States has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to international basketball, so the camp battles for the remaining roster spots will always be a lot of fun. The U.S. is the heavy favorite to take the Gold in Rio during the summer of 2016, but teams such as Spain and Brazil will always pose a threat.
Jul 26 - 1:09 PM

Nene isn't likely to be moved before the start of the 2015-16 season.

The Nene trade rumors picked up around the time the team was believed to be in the mix for David West. Once West signed, the trade talk justifiably died. Nene has an expiring deal and could be a trade piece around the trade deadline.
Jul 24 - 6:47 PM

Bradley Beal and the Wizards are still in talks regarding an extension but are reportedly not close to reaching a deal just yet.

It's believed that Beal and the Wizards will eventually strike a deal before the 2015-16 season begins, but if they are unable to come to terms, they will have to table the conversation until next year's offseason when he'll become a restricted free agent. The fact that Beal has dealt with three stress reactions to his lower right leg, in the same non-weight bearing bone, in each of his three seasons in Washington outlines the apparent risk here, but his mid-round upside is alluring. He's the epitome of a risk/reward pick.
Jul 22 - 11:24 AM

Wizards F Jared Dudley will miss 3-4 months after having surgery on Tuesday to repair a herniated disc in his lower back.

Back injuries plagued Dudley after the All-Star break last season and the Wizards conferred with team doctors and specialists before deciding to take a "proactive approach ... to prevent the risk of further injury." Dudley ruled himself out for the start of training camp and his 3-4 month timetable suggests that he may still be on the sidelines to begin the regular season. The injury ensures that he'll go undrafted in all but the deepest leagues this season.
Jul 21 - 7:15 PM

Aaron White is finalizing a one-year deal to play overseas with Telekom Baskets Bonn of Germany.

White will not be at the Wizards' training camp, and he will not be a factor in fantasy hoops next season.
Source: Sportando
Jul 21 - 6:13 PM

Free agent Will Bynum is reportedly drawing interest from the Spanish team FC Barcelona.

Bynum has also been linked to Guangdong in China but it's unclear how interested he is in either offer. He's unlikely to earn more than the veteran's minimum in the NBA, however, so a trip overseas might earn him substantially more money.
Source: L'Esportiu
Jul 19 - 5:48 PM

Aaron White initially wanted to go to training camp with the Wizards, but he confirmed that he will "probably" play overseas next season.

"The thing with training camp is if I went to training camp and I didn’t make the team, I’d have to get cut and the Wizards would lose my rights," White said. "So right now it’s looking like I’ll probably go overseas. I’m in talks with both my agent and the front office of the Wizards trying to work out a good situation for me." White has struggled in summer league with averages of 3.0 points and 3.7 boards while shooting just 30.8 percent from the field, so he clearly has a lot of work to do. We will keep a close eye on this situation, but it's safe to ignore White in fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 18 - 10:01 AM

Kelly Oubre made 9-of-14 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for 30 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, three assists, five 3-pointers and one turnover.

What a difference a game makes after a horrible game on Thursday. Oubre posted a sterling 85.6 true shooting percentage in this win and the one turnover with the three dimes may have been equally impressive for him, too. He's still got a lot of work to do for the Wizards and he's really going to have to learn to play better off the ball. Oubre won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 17 - 11:58 PM

Kelly Oubre failed to hand out an assist on Thursday, making 4-of-13 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover.

This was his third game without an assist, which is no small accomplishment for a guy who's had the ball in his hands so much the past five games. Oubre is arguably the most stubborn player at Summer League and he continues to think he can dribble his way out of traps, triple teams or almost any kind of help defense. While Oubre does have a lot of potential, he is going to need some serious time to develop.
Jul 16 - 10:13 PM

Aaron White is hoping to earn an invite to Wizards training camp.

While it's more likely that the rookie will end up overseas for the 2015-16 season, he's hoping to benefit from attending training camp even if there are no roster spots available. "It's too early to say," said White's agent, Chris Emens. "We're talking to [the Wizards] about some of that stuff." We'll update White's situation as more information becomes available, but he can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues for the 2015-16 season.
Jul 16 - 10:38 AM

John Wall commented on the recent slew of big money free agent deals that have gone down this offseason.

"Man, everybody talking about me getting $80 million and you got people getting $85 and $90 million that ain’t been an all-star or anything like that," Wall said. "I guess they came in at the right time. The new [TV money] kicked in at the right time. That new [TV money] kicked in and they’re good now. Like, Reggie Jackson gets five years, $80 [million]. Like, I’m getting the same amount as Reggie Jackson right now." Yup, Jackson will indeed be making the same amount of money as Wall next season, but he will be no where near the fantasy asset that Wall is.
Jul 15 - 10:50 AM

John Wall said that he began working out a week ago, and that his left hand has completely healed.

Wall will be 100 percent heading into training camp after fracturing his hand and wrist during the 2014-15 postseason. He had an amazing year, putting in averages of 17.6 points, 10.1 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers and 3.8 turnovers per game on 44.5 percent shooting from the field and 78.5 from the charity stripe. Cutting down on the turnovers would be nice, but even with the high turnover rate, Wall can still be viewed as an elite asset due to his propensity to fill up the assist column. He'll be worth an early-round selection in next year's drafts.
Jul 14 - 5:29 PM


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