Player News - Wizards

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Otto Porter said he is mentally and physically prepared for a bigger role this season.

"I've definitely felt like I've gotten better since summer league," Porter said. He was fantastic at summer league and the Wizards used him in isolation a ton, especially mid-range shots -- a big problem for him in 2013-14. Porter will back up Paul Pierce this season, but he filled up the stat sheet at Georgetown, so he could be a sneaky late-round pick in 14-team leagues.
Sep 29 - 9:44 AM

Marci Gortat said he'll be focused on rebounding and defense this season.

He was used heavily in the postseason as the roll man, but said the Wizards won't need him to be an offense option after they added Paul Pierce. Gortat is still a solid big man to grab in the middle of drafts.
Sep 26 - 9:08 AM

Garrett Temple is dealing with a thigh issue and is still working out.

He is not scrimmaging just yet and it's just a minor problem. Temple signed a two-year deal over the summer, but he's unlikely to get significant minutes while the Wizards are close to full strength.
Sep 24 - 2:26 PM

Martell Webster (back surgery) will be able to take part in limited activities when training camp opens on Tuesday, according to Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

"He won’t be 100 percent come Tuesday, but he’ll be able to do some things," Wittman said. "He’s progressing really well." Webster had a herniated disc in his lower back which was expected to keep him out 3-5 months after surgery in late June. If he isn't ready for opening night, more minutes will be available for guys like Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr. and Rasual Butler.
Sep 24 - 1:30 PM

Vander Blue has earned a training-camp invite from the Wizards.

The Wizards have 15 guaranteed contracts, including guys like Damion James and Glen Rice Jr., so Blue is very unlikely make the roster. He made a few cameos with Boston last season, but has spent the majority of his playing time in the D-League since going undrafted out of Marquette.
Sep 24 - 11:19 AM

Vander Blue worked out at the Verizon Center on Monday in the hopes of earning an invite to Wizards' training camp.

Blue worked out alongside Jamaal Franklin as both players are hopeful of earning an invite to Washington's training camp. While the Wizards have some open camp spot, Blue only played three NBA games last season and doesn't hold any fantasy value.
Sep 23 - 11:09 AM

General manager Billy King said money was a factor in determining whether or not the team should bring back Paul Pierce.

It was an absolute shock that Pierce signed with Wizards back in July. The Nets do save close to $20 million on the luxury tax, but Kevin Garnett probably wasn't planning on this happening. Pierce won't have much fantasy value and it will be interesting to see how second-year forward Otto Porter steps up.
Sep 22 - 11:28 PM

The Wizards have reportedly given Rasual Butler a training camp invite, and he'll fight for the last remaining roster spot on the team.

Butler will be competing for a roster spot with the likes of Xavier Silas and Damion James, but even if he makes the team, he'll be irrelevant from a fantasy standpoint.
Sep 22 - 7:02 PM

The Wizards have signed Damion James.

It's likely just a training camp deal and the two parties have been in talks for at least a couple days. James was with the Spurs last season and started one game. He's very unlikely to make the rotation to start the year.
Source: Real GM
Sep 19 - 9:15 AM

Damion James is close to signing with the Wizards.

He started one game for the Spurs last season, but played a total of 50 minutes on the season. It'll likely just be a training camp deal and James will have a tough time making the roster.
Sep 15 - 9:14 PM

Xavier Silas has signed a training camp deal with the Wizards.

Silas was invited to Wizards training camp last season as well, and was cut, so they likely just want him there for camp. Even if he does make the team, he's not going to be an impact player with regards to fantasy, and he can safely be ignored in all formats.
Sep 15 - 3:27 PM

Melvin Ely signed with the Gunma Crane Thunders in Japan for next season.

He played just 27 minutes last season with the Pelicans and was dealt to the Wizards in a three-team trade. Ely is 36 years old and probably won't be back in the NBA.
Source: Japan Times
Sep 13 - 3:39 PM

DeJuan Blair arrived for individual workouts at the Verizon Center this week.

He is the first newly-acquired free agent to show up with the team while Paul Pierce and Kris Humphries have been working out on their own. Blair has already said he's excited to join the team and his actions seem to be coinciding with his words. Still, he'll only be a backup and won't have value while Nene is healthy.
Sep 9 - 7:48 PM

Otto Porter is favored over Glen Rice Jr. to become Paul Pierce's backup at small forward, according to the Washington Post.

We agree after Porter showed some offensive versatility in Las Vegas to go with his length and athleticism. Rice was phenomenal in isolation at Vegas, but that's not something the Wizards would need with John Wall running the show and Bradley Beal set to take another leap in his third year. Porter could provide stats in several areas, so he's worth a look later in deep drafts.
Aug 25 - 6:47 PM

Nene scored 10 points in Brazil's 40-point win over Iran on Saturday to go with six boards and three assists.

He scored eight points with three boards vs. Slovenia on Thursday, and looks ready for the FIBA World Cup. Nene has battled plenty of injuries in his career, so the Wizards probably wouldn't want him out there for much more than 25 minutes per game. He's a late-round target in fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:42 AM

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