Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Wizards waive G Xavier Silas, F Damion James and G John Lucas.

Silas had a nice 16-point game after the Bradley Beal (wrist) injury, but the team seems to have plenty of confidence on Otto Porter and Garrett Temple to fill in.
Oct 25 - 1:42 PM

Kris Humphries (hand) was back at practice on Saturday.

It sounds like he's ready for the opener on Wednesday. Humphries had his stitches out of his hand on Friday, so he shouldn't be limited. With Nene out due to a one-game suspension, Hump and Kevin Seraphin should get minutes.
Oct 25 - 1:12 PM

Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat.
Oct 24 - 4:37 PM

Bradley Beal (wrist) was taking one-handed free throws at practice.

He's expected to miss the first month of the season and nothing has changed about his prognosis. We'll keep an eye on him, but expect him to be back on the court around Thanksgiving. Otto Porter is likely the biggest winner for fantasy purposes.
Oct 24 - 3:44 PM

Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire.
Oct 24 - 3:03 PM

Otto Porter is looking to put last year's injury plagued rookie season behind him, and bounce-back during his sophomore campaign.

"I’m thankful to be playing at 100 percent and getting better," Porter said. "I’m trying to play hard each and every time I step onto the court and hopefully everything else will take care of itself." Porter could start off the year as the team's shooting guard with Bradley Beal on the shelf for the first month of the season. He's been practicing at the two-guard position during practices, and during the final five preseason games he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. There's a lot of upside here, and Porter looks like someone worth taking a late-round flier on in standard leagues.
Oct 24 - 10:39 AM

John Wall was cooking against the Knicks on Wednesday, making 10-of-16 from the field for 29 points with one rebound, seven assists, four steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

He was struggling mightily before this gem, making just 28.2 percent from the field in his previous four games. Wall's jumper made some nice strides last season and he should only get better in his age-24 season. Fantasy owners should target him in the late first round.
Oct 22 - 10:12 PM

Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf.
Oct 22 - 10:06 PM

Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 6:16 PM

Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts.
Oct 22 - 4:00 PM

Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
Oct 21 - 3:48 PM

John Wall (left knee tendinitis) said that he'll play in Wednesday's exhibition.

He could have played on Monday but rested as a precaution, which was a big reason reserve guard Garrett Temple logged 42 minutes. Wall is coming off a career-best year with averages of 19.3 points, 1.3 triples, 4.1 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 1.8 steals, racking up first-round fantasy value with zero DNPs all season.
Oct 21 - 3:38 PM

The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin.
Oct 21 - 2:52 PM

Garrett Temple played a game-high 42 minutes against the Pelicans on Monday during an 88-84 loss, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block.

He's in a battle with Otto Porter for the starting shooting guard spot and has played well. Temple also ran the point quite a bit tonight, so it might make sense to bring him off the bench. He's only a low-end add in very deep leagues while Bradley Beal (wrist) is out.
Oct 20 - 10:16 PM

Kevin Seraphin turned in a solid game on Monday with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.

It's been a roller coaster for Seraphin in the preseason. In his last five games, he's averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 fouls in 22.6 minutes. With the Wizards missing Nene for the opener due to a suspension, this is a realistic line for the 24-year-old big man.
Oct 20 - 10:13 PM


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