Player News - Wizards

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John Wall has agreed to the designated player veteran exception with the Wizards for a total of $207 million through 2023.

Wall's extension includes a fourth-year player option and a 15 percent trade kicker, per ESPN. Wall will be the franchise player for the Wizards and should contend for the league lead in dimes. One year after surgery on both knees, Wall should be set for a big season.
Jul 21 - 10:01 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks praised Otto Porter during Wednesday's press conference, saying, "He does so many little things that the stats don't show."

"I never look at Otto and judge him by the stat sheet," Brooks said. "He dives on the floor for a loose ball, he sets screens. He makes the extra pass to the corner, offensive rebounds." Across-the-board stats are the bedrock of Porter's roto-league fantasy appeal. He was a top-20 player on a cumulative basis in 9-cat leagues last year, averaging 13.4 points (51.5% FGs, 83.2% FTs), 1.9 threes, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 turnovers, with only two missed games all season. He doesn't jump out in any category, however, and is likely to be undervalued in most drafts.
Source: USA Today
Jul 19 - 9:12 PM

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis predicted John Wall will sign his designated player extension.

"He wants to be here and my goal is to have no drama," Leonsis said. It's obvious that the Wizards want to have Wall around at the max, but they do have to convince Wall that the Wizards will be able to compete for a title. Despite surgery on both knees last offseason, Wall played in 78 games with career-high averages in points, assists, steals and offensive rebounds.
Jul 19 - 5:00 PM

After appearing in an average of 33 games over the past few seasons due to foot, back and thumb injuries, Jodie Meeks said he finally feels healthy.

"I would say I'm 100 percent now. Thank the good Lord that I'm past that," Meeks said. "It's summer time, so my body feels great. I came back from my thumb at the end of the season. I played okay and finished out the season healthy. This summer I got some rest. Now I'm working out again and I feel fine." The Wizards lost Bojan Bogdanovic to the Pacers, so Meeks will be relied on to add a scoring punch to Washington's bench. As long as Bradley Beal is healthy, Meeks won't have much fantasy value.
Jul 17 - 10:16 AM

Jodie Meeks believes that he can be a "perfect fit" in Scott Brooks' system.

"Before I signed I asked what my role would be and it's pretty much what I've been doing my whole career. Come off the bench, obviously behind [Bradley Beal]," Meeks said. "I just wanted to find the best situation for myself with what I bring to the table shooting-wise and playing with a lot of energy. I wanted a perfect fit for both sides and I think I did that." Meeks has seriously struggled to stay healthy over the years, so Brooks may want to limit his playing time to the teens.
Jul 16 - 3:18 PM

Chris McCullough's quiet Summer League continued on Wednesday with six points on 2-of-9 shooting, three rebounds and zero defensive stats in 17 minutes.

Washington reportedly hopes to develop McCullough as if he were the 2017 first-round pick they sent to Brooklyn last year, but he got off to an inauspicious start in Vegas. In his three previous games he was averaging 8.3 points on 36.7 percent shooting, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 steals, 0.3 assists and 0.3 blocks in 25.3 minutes. He's just a guy to monitor in deeper leagues.
Jul 12 - 8:03 PM

John Wall said he's not ready to talk about a contract extension.

The Wizards have a four-year max extension on the table that would start after the 2019 season, but it sounds like Wall is going to take his time making a decision. "Not yet," he said. "Everybody knows where I want to be." He added that his offseason goal is work on his conditioning so that he will have the stamina to better close out games. Wall underwent surgeries to both knees prior to last season, but he was excellent with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Fantasy owners can feel comfortable about selecting him at the turn of the first and second rounds.
Source: CSN
Jul 10 - 9:27 PM

The Wizards have matched Otto Porter's max contract offer sheet from the Nets, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.

And the Wizards have kept to their word. Porter's contract does have some funky terms with the forward getting half of his money up front to start each season along with a 15 percent trade kicker. The bottom line is Porter will get a whopping $106 million over the next four years and he'll remain Washington's elite 3-and-D guy for the foreseeable future. Also, he probably owes John Wall a nice dinner, a watch, and probably some other stuff, as well.
Jul 8 - 10:01 PM

Kelly Oubre has been cleared for workouts and worked with the team on Saturday.

His knee injury looks to be behind him. Oubre had a PRP injection last month for what was a nagging injury last season, but he'll be ready for camp. With Bojan Bogdanovic gone and the Wizards not really adding much depth, Oubre could get his minutes into the mid 20s.
Jul 8 - 7:01 PM

Wizards sign F Mike Scott.

It's a minimum deal worth $1.7 million for the former Hawk. Now that Bojan Bogdanovic is in Indiana, the Wizards are going to need to add some shooting in their second unit. Still, Scott isn't a lock for the rotation, especially with how well the Wizards fared with their small-ball group last season.
Jul 8 - 2:23 PM

The Wizards have received the $106 million offer sheet from Brooklyn on Otto Porter.

The deal has a player option on the fourth year and a trade kicker. For over a month, the Wizards have said they will match this four-year deal. Porter's contract will be bigger than John Wall's current one, but Porter has made it clear he's a great fit as a defender and floor spacer. Expect the Wizards to match in the next few days. Also, the Nets may have to wait on this before they potentially send an offer sheet to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

Michael Young will sign a two-way contract with the Wizards for two seasons.

This means the undrafted forward out of Pittsburg can spend up to 45 days with the Wizards in 2017-18, but he will be in the G-League for the majority of the season. During his senior season, Young led the ACC in scoring with 19.6 points per game with averages of 6.8 boards, 2.7 assists, 0.8 blocks, 0.6 steals and 1.3 treys. He reportedly made a strong impression on the Wizards during a June 5th workout and will have a chance to show what he's got during the Vegas Summer League.
Jul 6 - 9:55 AM

The Wizards will match the four-year, $104 million max offer sheet that Otto Porter agreed to with the Nets, according to multiple sources of Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

The Wizards have been saying for months that they would match any offer that Porter received on the open market, so at this point, it would be truly shocking if they reversed course on that front. Porter can't officially sign his contract with Brooklyn until Thursday, and the Wizards will likely wait the full two days before announcing that they'll match, so things likely won't become official until Saturday.
Jul 5 - 12:23 PM

Otto Porter has agreed to a four-year, $104 million max offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets.

Once Porter signs the offer sheet, the Wizards will have 48 hours to match. Washington has said all along that they will match any offer, so now let's see if they follow through on that promise -- David Aldridge of NBA.com is reporting that they will. Brooklyn would be an ideal landing spot for Porter in terms of fantasy value, so his dynasty owners will be hoping this deal goes through.
Jul 4 - 9:40 PM

The Jazz will pursue restricted free agent Otto Porter according to Tim MacMahon of ESPN.

This comes on the heels of Gordon Hayward's decision to join Boston, as his departure leaves a void at the small forward position in Utah. It's been widely reported that the Wizards will match any offer for Porter, but the Jazz and Nets aren't going to make things easy for Washington by offering him max deals.
Jul 4 - 8:18 PM


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