Player News - Wizards

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Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

His application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to the Washington Post. Gooden's mother is Finnish and the 12-year vet was hoping to obtain dual citizenship and a Finnish passport so that he could represent the country this summer. He re-signed with the Wizards on a one-year deal this offseason.
Aug 21 - 5:02 PM

DeJuan Blair said he's excited about his opportunity with the Wizards this season.

"It was like a dream come true," said Blair. "Last year, I saw what type of team they had. The youth, the big men coming up, the ingredients around the team." He posted some nice per-36 averages with the Mavs last season with 14.7 points, 10.9 boards, 1.8 steals and 0.6 blocks. Blair was at just 15.6 minutes per game last season, which is about where he'll be this season.
Aug 14 - 10:06 PM

Al Harrington is hopeful that he can return to the Washington Wizards after the Chinese Basketball Association season is over.

Harrington recently signed a one-year deal with Fujian Sturgeons, but is still hopeful he can rejoin the Wizards for a playoff run once the CBA season is over. "Maybe when I come back from China I can join them for the rest of the season," Harrington said. "That's where I got my fingers crossed, hoping it'll happen." Harrington could return to the NBA after Fujian's season is over in February, but his fantasy value would be essentially non-existent as a bench player.
Aug 12 - 11:01 AM

John Wall credited Sam Cassell for his development in a recent interview.

"[Cassell] was a big part of it," Wall said. "Definitely helped me with my jump shot. Just being a mentor, somebody who was a point guard who knew the game very well. It was big." Wall developed a 3-point shot last season, and perhaps some of that is to the credit of three-time champ Sam Cassell. However, Cassell won't be there to mentor Wall anymore as he has rejoined Doc Rivers on the bench in LA.
Aug 11 - 7:05 PM

Malcolm Lee will work out in Las Vegas on Monday.

He was at Vegas summer league with the Raptors, playing just 13.0 minutes per game in his two outings. Lee was waived by the Wizards before the 2013-14 season and will have a tough time being picked up by a team.
Aug 11 - 12:21 PM

Chris Singelton will work out for NBA personnel in Las Vegas on Monday.

He's received some interest from the Heat and Pacers, but there's no word on which teams will be at today's workout. Singleton fell out of the rotation with the Wizards and his offensive game never really came around since being drafted in 2011. He will likely have to fight for a roster spot at training camp.
Aug 11 - 11:45 AM

John Wall had a non-invasive shockwave treatment on his left knee in late July, but the procedure didn't limit him during tryouts for Team USA.

Wall suffered a stress fracture in his left knee in 2012 and he's battled tendinitis ever since, but he played in all 82 games last season and his recent shockwave treatment sounds like a precautionary measure. "It was cool. It wasn’t bad at all [with Team USA]," Wall said of his left knee. "I got through the whole week. I thought I played pretty well." He didn't make the national team, but the bottom line is that he's healthy and ready to build on his terrific 2013-14 season.
Aug 10 - 6:05 PM

John Wall will use being cut from Team USA as motivation for next season.

"You want to make every team you try out for. When you don’t, it’s more motivation for me," said Wall. "I guess I’m overlooked again. I guess have to prove myself one more time." The thought of an even more motivated Wall is a bit scary after last year's breakout performance. Wall lead the league in total assists last season, compiling averages of 19.3 points, 8.8 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers a game. He'll be a very exciting player to own next season, as he's established himself as an elite point guard in the league.
Aug 10 - 11:56 AM

Al Harrington has signed a deal that will bring him to China next season.

Details of the signing have yet to be released, but this is a common move for NBA veterans past their prime. Harrington averaged 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.0 three-pointer through 34 contests last season with the Wizards. This is probably the last we will see of Harrington as a player, but he has stated that he is interested in coaching when he decides to officially hang it up.
Aug 10 - 8:50 AM

The Wizards officially added Roy Rogers as an assistant coach on Friday.

Rogers spent last season as an assistant coach with the Nets, and now he will make the move to Washington... it's a slow news day folks.
Aug 8 - 3:37 PM

The Wizards will add Roy Rogers as an assistant coach.

It didn't take long for the Wizards to replace Sam Cassell and Rogers will head south from Brooklyn where he was an assistant last year. Rogers was a first-round pick back in the famed 1996 draft and played for four teams as a player.
Aug 6 - 5:51 PM

Wizards veteran Drew Gooden hopes to play for Finland in this summer's FIBA World Cup.

Gooden's mother is Finnish and he should be eligible as long as he has obtained dual citizenship and a Finnish passport. The 12-year veteran was re-signed by Washington on a one-year contract this summer, coming off a season in which he averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Aug 5 - 4:12 PM

John Wall, Bradley Beal and Paul Millsap were cut from Team USA on Monday.

Guys on the bubble now are Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, Kenneth Faried and of course DeMarcus Cousins vs. Mason Plumlee. Team USA heads to Chicago with training camp for the finalists starting on August 13.
Aug 4 - 9:31 PM

John Wall said on Thursday that his goal for the Wizards next season is to make the NBA Finals.

"The Finals. All you can ask for now is the Finals," Wall said when asked about his goals for next season. "We’ve been to the second round. We know what it takes to win. We know what we need to do." The Wizards showed signs of a team on the rise after ousting the D.Rose-less Bulls in the first round of the postseason. Washington managed to retain Marcin Gortat and swap out Trevor Ariza for Paul Pierce in the offseason. If the Wizards hope to make the Finals, they will likely have to go through either the Bulls or the Cavaliers.
Jul 31 - 4:07 PM

John Wall said his back injury almost kept him from participating with Team USA this summer.

"I was still in the process of rebuilding and getting that back stronger, so I didn’t know that I was going to have the opportunity to come," Wall said. "I didn’t want to come and take somebody’s spot that they could’ve gave to somebody else if I wasn’t healthy. So basically I just waited." This is interesting to hear because the last time he had a back injury on record was in November, so it suggests he played through some pain this season. He's a No. 1 point guard in fantasy leagues and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
Jul 30 - 6:49 PM


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