Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Wizards.

Since his departure from San Antonio, things have not gone well for Neal at all. The Bucks and Hornets both dumped him after some reported issues, and he's also had some struggles at shooting the rock. He'll likely just be some Bradley Beal insurance and is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes off the bat. This deal is expected to be in the bi-annual exception, so it won't affect the cap number.
Jul 3 - 3:19 PM

The Wizards are not actively shopping Nene.

It makes sense right now because they haven't even signed David West. If the Wizards do opt to deal Nene, they'd likely be looking at picking up another trade exception, which helped them land Jared Dudley yesterday. He has an expiring contract, so that could be a valuable piece before the trade deadline.
Jul 3 - 2:22 PM

If the Wizards sign unrestricted free agent David West, Nene could be available for a trade.

The Wizards are going to try and figure out a way to keep West and Nene, but it's not going to be easy. Nene would instantly be one of the best trade targets for teams who struck out in free agency. Expect the loser of the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes to be the favorite here.
Jul 3 - 11:22 AM

Jared Dudley will be traded to the Wizards for a protected second-round pick.

It's basically just a salary dump and the numbers work here because of the trade exception from the Andre Miller deal last season. Dudley will be a stretch four in the second unit, but he probably won't take much of Otto Porter's playing time, especially if he has another sub-par year. Dudley isn't worth a pick in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 7:13 PM

The Wizards are reportedly nearing in on a deal that will net them Jared Dudley.

Dudley would likely serve in a mentorship role for guys like Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, but he won't have any fantasy value with the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 6:50 PM

The Clippers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin has let it be known that he'd like the opportunity to start, so perhaps he'll be a backup plan for Los Angeles if they end up losing DeAndre Jordan via free agency. Seraphin could emerge as a shot blocking and rebounding specialist if he secures a starting role, but that is far from a certainty.
Jul 2 - 6:44 PM

Bradley Beal and the Wizards have reportedly begun discussing an extension.

Beal feels that he's a max-player, and he could certainly secure a max-level extension with the Wizards, especially considering that the salary cap will skyrocket in a few seasons. Beal is a very talented player, however, his struggles with health (two injury plagued seasons in his three-year career) could emerge as an issue when discussing that max-contract.
Jul 2 - 4:56 PM

Gary Neal has a "strong market" for a deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Shooting? Neal has made 38.1 percent from deep in his career, which converts to a 57.2 effective field goal percentage. Neal has been a bit of a headache to two of his last three teams, so he won't be too hot of a commodity.
Jul 1 - 5:45 AM

Jared Dudley has reportedly picked up his player option to remain with the Bucks next season for $4.25 million.

This was a pretty easy decision for Dudley as it was unlikely he could have secured such a deal on the open market. He averaged just 7.2 points, 1.0 steal and 1.0 three-pointer per game last season, and he'll be in a reserve role with the Bucks next year. It'll take more than a few injuries for him to emerge as a viable asset in standard leagues.
Jun 30 - 6:00 PM

Gary Neal could be involved in a sign-and-trade deal this offseason.

Neal is a free agent, and although he won't be back with the Timberwolves, Minnesota could help jettison him to a new home.
Jun 29 - 12:45 PM

The Wizards are not expected to trade Nene, two sources told CSN Washington.

Despite being an expiring contract, "there isn't serious interest" in Nene at this point. If he is eventually traded, it's more likely to come during the season and closer to the 2016 trade deadline. We're a long way from that point.
Jun 29 - 9:45 AM

Aaron White was selected with the 49th pick by the Wizards but he will play overseas during the 2015-16 season.

He's more of an offensive guy as a stretch four at 6'9. In his senior year, White averaged 16.4 points, 7.3 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.6 treys with the Hawkeyes. He obviously won't be putting up those types of stats any time soon, even if he does join the Wizards in 2016-17.
Jun 25 - 11:53 PM

The Wizards swapped their 19th pick for the 15th pick via the Hawks and selected Kansas forward Kelly Oubre.

He’s kind of the total package at 6’7 with a 7’2 wingspan, a 37-inch max vertical leap, and just a 5.7 body fat percentage, but he doesn’t have anything that really jumps off the page. The lefty only made 53 percent of his shots at the rim, 35.8 percent from deep, and didn’t close out his career well at the NCAA tourney. In fact, Oubre addressed his poor finish on Tuesday. "People saying you shouldn't have declared, people saying that you're not going to be anything in NBA," Oubre said. "Come on dog, I laugh at you." Paul Pierce could be leaving the Wizards this summer, so it makes a lot of sense for Washington to address their small forward position.
Jun 25 - 9:20 PM

Kelly Oubre is scheduled to work out for the Pistons on Friday.

So far, the Pistons have worked out Stanley Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Sam Dekker, so it's pretty clear that they're looking to take a small forward in the 2015 NBA draft. Detroit has an obvious need at the small forward position, as Cartier Martin is currently the only small forward on the books for the 2015-16 season. With such little depth at the position, it looks like if Detroit elects to draft a small forward, that player will have the opportunity to start right out the gate. It's unlikely they'd take Oubre with their No. 9 overall selection, but Winslow and Johnson are certainly options.
Jun 19 - 11:38 AM

Garrett Temple will exercise his player option for the 2015-16 season.

It was a no-brainer for Temple, who probably wouldn't fetch more than the minimum next season. The Wizards will use him as a backup combo guard next season and he's unlikely to be in the rotation.
Jun 15 - 3:40 PM


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