Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

John Wall will be participating in Team USA camp starting on Monday.

Earlier this month, he was not expected to be on the team, but now he's a very strong bet to play with them this summer. Wall grew as a point guard and not just a scorer this season, leading the NBA in total assists. He'll be one of the best point guards in the NBA for the next decade or so.
Jul 24 - 6:12 PM

Kevin Seraphin (knee surgery) will be ready when training camp opens in September.

The Wizards chose not to release Seraphin to play in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball so that the 24-year-old will have time to recover from a minor procedure to clean out his right knee. Once healthy, Seraphin will join a crowded Wizards frontcourt of Nene, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, and DeJuan Blair and fantasy owners would be wise to look elsewhere during drafts.

Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play in this summer's FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Team France announced on Wednesday that Seraphin has not been released to play in the World Cup by the Washington Wizards as he hasn't fully recovered from arthroscopic surgery on his knee. Seraphin only averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds with the Wizards last season and will be hard-pressed to make a fantasy impact playing behind Marcin Gortat, Nene, and DeJuan Blair.
Source: FIBA.com
Jul 24 - 9:19 AM

Chris Singleton has received some interest from the Heat and Pacers.

These two teams lost some notable free agents on the wings and are just looking for depth here. Singleton hasn't really improved in the past three seasons and would just be an end-of-the-bench guy at best.
Jul 21 - 11:51 AM

Glen Rice Jr., Otto Porter, Doug McDermott, Tony Snell and Donatas Motiejunas were named to the Samsung All-NBA Summer League First Team.

Porter really showed some extra confidence in his offense, attempting countless mid-range jumpers. He was also an improved passer to join Glen Rice Jr. as the focal points of the offense. He could be looking at minutes in the mid-20s this season.
Jul 21 - 9:15 AM

Glen Rice Jr. scored a game-high 24 points before being named the Summer League MVP on Sunday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and six steals in a losing effort.

The Wizards' offense sputtered and they finished with only 62 points on 35.2 percent shooting, including an abysmal 3-of-29 mark from downtown. Rice Jr. has been a step ahead of the competition throughout Summer League, averaging 25.2 points on 50.7 percent shooting prior to Sunday's outburst. He was also shooting 44.4 percent from downtown and warrants attention as a potential 3-point specialist while Martell Webster (back) is out of commission.
Jul 20 - 10:23 PM

Glen Rice Jr. hit a 3-pointer to send Saturday's win over the Spurs to triple-overtime, finishing with 36 points, 11 boards, three assists, four steals and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

He set a summer-league high in scoring and also moved back into the top spot for points per game in summer league. Rice could get some minutes with the Wizards due to the Martell Webster back injury and he is a possible target in very deep fantasy leagues.
Jul 20 - 12:19 AM

The Clippers are working on a deal to add Sam Cassell as an assistant.

He is currently with the Wizards and has been a coach at summer league for the past two seasons. Cassell has been one of the most vocal coaches at summer league and he's shown some potential as a head coach someday.
Jul 19 - 10:45 AM

Kevin Seraphin signed a $3.8 million offer sheet to stay with the Wizards.

There isn't much of a chance for Seraphin and he'll be buried on the bench. He has been a project for them the past couple years and is unlikely to see major minutes.
Jul 18 - 7:04 PM

Garrett Temple will re-sign with the Wizards.

It's a two-year deal for Temple at around the veteran minimum. The Wizards were relavtively healthy last season, so Temple only played 8.5 minutes per game. They may need him to start the season with Martell Webster's (back) injury, or they could give Glen Rice Jr. some run.
Jul 18 - 3:41 PM

Bradley Beal spoke highly of Paul Pierce in a recent interview, stating that he’s eager to learn from the decorated veteran.

"He’s experienced, he’s won a championship before, so he has that mentality and that killer instinct that I think we need on our team," said Beal. "He has that little cockiness and arrogance that we need, and that little smack-talking that I can probably learn from as well. I’m definitely looking forward to playing with him and learning a lot of things." The Wizards lost Trevor Ariza in free agency, but found a solid replacement in Pierce. While Pierce isn't quite the same defensive stalwart that Ariza is, he has a more polished offensive game, and the Wizards will be an exciting team to watch next season.
Jul 18 - 12:34 PM

The Wizards would like to bring back restricted free agent Kevin Seraphin, but at less money than his qualifying offer.

The Wizards extended Seraphin a $3.89 qualifying offer, but would like to bring him back at a lesser yearly value on a longer deal, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington. The Wizards have a crowded frontcourt with Marcin Gortat, Nene, and newly-acquired DeJuan Blair, so there is a chance they they end up renouncing their rights to the 24-year-old if they can't agree to more team-friendly terms. Serpahin has potential, but only averaged 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in just under 11 minutes per game last season, so his fantasy value is limited barring a change of scenery.
Jul 17 - 10:10 AM

The Washington Wizards have picked up Andre Miller's 2014-15 option.

The team option is for $4.6 million this season and will allow the Wizards to retain the veteran to back up John Wall. Miller averaged 14.6 minutes with Washington after coming over in a trade from the Nuggets on February 20, but the plan is to increase his minutes this season in order to keep John Wall fresh. The 38-year-old only averaged 3.8 points and 3.5 assists with Washington last season, however, so his 2014-15 value to fantasy owners won't match his value to the Wizards.
Jul 17 - 9:23 AM

The Wizards have completed a sign-and-trade deal with the Mavericks to acquire free agent F/C DeJuan Blair for the rights to 2009 second-round draft pick Emir Preldzic, the team announced Wednesday night.

The Wizards will bring in Blair on a three-year contract worth $6 million, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards now have big men Nene, Drew Gooden, Al Harrington, Marcin Gortat, Kris Humphries, Kevin Seraphin and Blair, meaning things will be crowded up front. But Nene and Gortat are expected to handle the bulk of the minutes.
Jul 17 - 3:53 AM

The Mavericks and Wizards are close to completing a sign-and-trade for Mavericks' center DeJuan Blair.

Blair only averaged 6.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 0.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game last year, but managed to show flashes of promise during the Mavericks' thrilling first-round series against the Spurs. Blair's role with the Wizards will most likely be limited, but with an injury-prone Nene entering his 13th season, Washington needs quality depth in the front court.
Jul 16 - 1:57 PM


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