Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

The Wizards will sign Toure Murry to a non-guaranteed contract.

In other words, he'll be with the club for training camp. The team waived him back on Mar. 26, and he's unlikely to make the final roster. The Wizards have 15 guaranteed deals on their books, which means Murry will have to explode in camp to be a consideration.
Aug 28 - 5:22 PM

Otto Porter said that he'd be "comfortable" playing as a stretch-PF this season.

To be clear, coach Randy Wittman hasn't weighed in on the idea and Porter was simply responding to a question posed on a radio show. The 6'8" Porter is listed at just under 200 pounds so he's an unlikely candidate to earn many minutes at PF, but the Wizards' lack of a stretch-four is a real concern -- even veteran Kris Humphries is attempting to expand his range to the arc. Porter will start at SF on opening night, so even if he's limited to one position he shouldn't have trouble earning 30+ minutes per game.
Aug 26 - 9:43 PM

Otto Porter stated during a recent interview that he'd "definitely" be comfortable being used as a stretch-four for the Wizards this upcoming season.

Porter had a bit of a coming out party during last year's playoff run with Washington, compiling averages of 10.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.2 three-pointers per game on 44.3 percent shooting from the field. He'll be looking at a much larger role with the Wizards next season with Paul Pierce now in Los Angeles, so he could potentially take a big leap during his third NBA season. Porter is certainly on the radar, and he could make for a sneaky late-round selection on draft day.
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Aug 25 - 6:13 PM

Bradley Beal reportedly wants a max contract from the Wizards.

According to J. Michael Falgoust of CSN Washington, the two sides aren't close on a deal just yet. "Bradley Beal has made it clear he thinks he's a max player and that's what he wants," Michael said. "I've talked to people on both sides all offseason about this. It seems to be Bradley Beal's decision. The Wizards are willing to make him an offer, an extension, but they're not going to offer him the maximum extension right now simply because they don't have to." While Beal has struggled with injuries during his three-year career, he's worth a pick in the early-middle rounds of fantasy drafts.
Source: CBS Sports
Aug 25 - 1:55 PM

Wizards draft-and-stash prospect Tomas Satoransky is expected to join the Wizards for the 2016-17 season.

The former second round pick in the 2012 draft will finish out his contract with FC Barcelona this season, so Wizards fans will have to wait one more year. Satoransky averaged 8.7 points, 3.4 assists, 3.0 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.9 3-pointers in Spain last season, and he will have enough talent to contribute off Washington's bench right away.
Aug 22 - 12:00 PM

The Spurs have interest in free agent Rasual Butler.

The Spurs aren't quite as deep on the outside with Marco Belinelli in Sacramento and Cory Joseph in Toronto. Butler likely wouldn't be in the rotation anyway while Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green soak up most of the minutes on the wing.
Aug 21 - 10:08 PM

The Wizards could potentially waive DeJuan Blair in order to free up some cap space.

Blair averaged just 6.2 minutes per game in 29 appearances last season, so it's clear that he is not a big part of Washington's plans moving forward. Blair likely wouldn't have any fantasy value on any other NBA team, so he can still be ignored in fantasy leagues for the foreseeable future.
Source: CSN
Aug 21 - 10:32 AM

The Wizards have reportedly floated around the idea of using Martell Webster as a stretch-four this upcoming season.

Webster did play some stretch-four during his time with the Trail Blazers, so this is a potential option, although he'll still have Kris Humphries, Drew Gooden and Jared Dudley (back) ahead of him in the rotation for minutes. However, with Dudley recovering from back surgery and not expected to be available until mid-November, Webster could have a small window to make an impression on head coach Randy Wittman. That being said, Webster isn't likely to earn enough steady playing time in Washington to be considered a viable option in most leagues, so he can largely be ignored on draft day.
Aug 20 - 4:56 PM

Will Bynum is reportedly finalizing a deal to re-sign with the Guangdong Tigers of China.

Bynum could return to the NBA once the CBA season is over like he did last season, but he won't be anything more than a backup point guard, and he can be safely ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Aug 20 - 4:10 PM

The Wizards and Bradley Beal are still not close to reaching a contract extension, according to CSN Washington.

Despite two reports within a month from the same source that the two sides aren't close, there is really no rush at all to do this. Neither side has shot down negotiations, and usually deals only happen when each faces a deadline. We're nowhere close to that happening, so expect the stalemate to continue.
Aug 17 - 10:14 AM

Martell Webster said that he's lost 20 pounds this offseason, and that he feels "amazing" health-wise heading into the 2015-16 season.

"I feel amazing. I transformed by body, I dropped 20 pounds and I’m probably going to drop 10 more, so that I’m about 206," said Webster. "Anywhere from 206 to 210 this next year, that’s what I want to play at. I feel amazing, a lot of pressure has been taken off my back and off of my joints and I feel great." Severe back issues limited Webster to just 32 games last season, but hopefully his new workout regime will have him better prepared for next season. He'll be someone to monitor if Bradley Beal goes down with an injury, but he won't have any fantasy value to start the season.
Aug 16 - 6:06 PM

John Wall said he was not optimistic about making the 2016 Olympic squad for Team USA.

"I’m just being honest," Wall said. "Chris Paul has already won one [Olympic gold medal]. Steph Curry had an amazing last year and just won the World Cup. Kyrie just won the World Cup. Russell will probably be on the team. They’ll use him as a two-guard. So, I probably won’t make it." Injuries could change Wall's chances of making the squad, but with those guys healthy, it will be tough for him to accompany Team USA to the 2016 Olympics. As for fantasy basketball, he'll cost you a first-round selection on draft day.
Aug 16 - 5:34 PM

John Wall said that his left wrist is "perfectly fine now", though he did admit to some "weak points at times."

Wall said that his left hand and wrist were completely healed back in July, so there's no reason to be concerned about his comments. "Just trying to get my body all the way healthy," Wall said. "Doing a lot of my stuff to get my legs stronger. Just preparing myself to take on a bigger role. I think going into my sixth year, this is the time to really take the biggest leap." Wall also has invited the Wizards to come to training camp a couple of weeks earlier to get a head start on the season, so it's clear that he is eager to take his team to the next level. Wall will cost you a first round pick on draft day.
Aug 16 - 9:16 AM

John Wall said that he heard Nene has been working to add a 3-point shot this summer.

The 32-year-old veteran attempted just five shots from beyond the arc last season, but the Wizards are hoping to play with a stretch four this season and Kris Humphries has also been working on his range. Nene would have a better chance of keeping his spot in the lineup if he does show some improvement this summer, but he's still too much of an injury risk to be considered in standard leagues. Expect the Wizards to use Otto Porter and Jared Dudley (back) at the four this season as well.
Aug 16 - 9:09 AM

John Wall said that he thought the Wizards could have made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season if he didn't get hurt, but he is looking forward to the new season and is targeting a championship.

"You can always say this would have happened if that didn’t happen, but my main goal is just to come in a better player than I was last year," Wall said. "Every year we are just taking the right steps and getting better, but at certain times you only got a certain short window where you’ve got to find a way to get over that hump, and hopefully this is the year to get over the hump." Wall has fully recovered from the fractured hand he suffered in the playoffs, and he will be an excellent option toward the end of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 15 - 7:49 PM


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