Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Bradley Beal said he's looking for a max contract this summer.

"I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for," Beal said. "If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]." Beal would be looking for a deal of around $92 million over four years. His leg injury concerns make him a big risk, so there may not be a big market for him at that price.
May 23 - 3:31 PM

Kelly Oubre will play in the summer league according to Wizards reporter J. Michael.

Still only 20 years old, Oubre didn't get a lot of playing time in his rookie season with averages of 3.7 points and 2.1 boards in 10.7 minutes per game. Oubre should have a larger role with the Wizards next season and new coach Scott Brooks should be good for his development, so the young swingman is definitely worth keeping an eye on this summer.
May 21 - 12:23 PM

Tomas Satoransky said that he hasn't discussed a deal with the Wizards yet.

"I have not spoken to the Washington Wizards on this issue and I asked from them to leave me alone until the end of the season," Satoransky said. "I have not discussed anything with them." A recent report indicated that the Wizards will offer Satoransky a multi-year deal this summer, but it's still unclear if he will come to the states for the 2016-17 season. He is under contract with Barcelona through the 2020 season, but his deal does include NBA outs.
May 21 - 12:02 PM

Marcin Gortat called Scott Brooks a "class act" after his new coach flew to Orlando to meet with the center about the upcoming season.

Gortat had some issues with former coach Randy Wittman, so it's great to see Brooks taking the time to develop some chemistry with the center. Gortat averaged 13.5 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 blocks on 56.7 percent shooting this season, so he should be poised for a solid 2016-17 campaign.
May 15 - 9:20 AM

The Wizards are expected to offer Tomas Satoransky a multi-year deal this summer.

They will have to buy out his contract with FC Barcelona for $1.5 million, but the 24-year-old combo guard is finally expected to come to the NBA. Satoransky was the 32nd pick in the 2012 draft and could see minutes behind John Wall and Bradley Beal next season, assuming Beal re-signs with Washington. Hopefully we will get a chance to see him in the summer league.
May 6 - 12:07 PM

John Wall's (knee surgeries) status for training camp is currently unknown.

He obviously won't play for Team USA this summer, but he is expected to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season. The surgery on Wall's right knee is reportedly pretty minor and routine, but the operation on his left knee in which he had calcium deposits removed would have sidelined him for months if he underwent the procedure during the season. Fantasy owners would feel a lot more confident about drafting him if he's ready in time for camp, but we'll be tracking his progress closely.
May 6 - 10:59 AM

John Wall (knee) has undergone a successful procedure on both of his knees, according to the Washington Wizards.

Wall's procedure was to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon in order to eliminate pain and he will begin the rehabilitation process immediately. "I am determined to lead this team back to the playoffs and getting healthy is the best way for me to accomplish that," said Wall. "I can promise the fans, my teammates and the organization that I will be focused on that goal throughout the summer and it will drive me to do everything I can to be ready for next season." Wall also underwent an arthroscopic lavage on his right knee in order to remove loose bodies, according to the team, and is expected to be available for the start of the 2016-17 season.
May 5 - 11:22 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said that John Wall has the ability to become one of the best players in the league.

"He has the ability to be one of the best players in the game," Brooks said. "He can fill up the stat sheet. He can score at a high level, and he’s improved his 3-point shooting. I like his ability to make plays for others. Always been a high-assist guy. His rebounding is good, solid for that position." Brooks did say that he wants Wall to get to the free throw line more, saying that he and Bradley Beal should combine for 12 attempts per game. Still only 25 years old, Brooks could help Wall realize his full potential.
Apr 30 - 12:00 PM

Coach Scott Brooks said John Wall could hit another level or even two or three more.

Wall sort of plateaued last season with more turnovers, only an 0.2 assists per game increase and a dip in true shooting percentage despite more 3-pointers. Brooks is known for his somewhat simplistic offense, but he's done a decent job of developing some players. Wall will likely be worth a look in the second round of a standard-league draft and a late first in eight-category leagues.
Apr 27 - 2:44 PM

Scott Brooks has officially been hired as the Wizards' next head coach.

"I am beyond thrilled to return to coaching with a team that is filled with such potential and to be able to join an organization that is committed to helping us reach our goals," said Brooks. "I'm very grateful to Ted Leonsis and Ernie Grunfeld for this opportunity and I can promise the great fans of Washington that we will work extremely hard both on and off the court to represent them in a manner fitting the most powerful city in the world." Hopefully Brooks' rotations are less wacky this time around.
Apr 26 - 3:45 PM

Coach Scott Brooks is a "big believer" in Otto Porter's potential, according to NBA.com's David Aldridge.

Interesting. Brooks got on fantasy owners' nerves at times for cutting down minutes on guys like Serge Ibaka. This is a good start for Porter after a mini-breakout in 2015-16. If he can be consistent and stay healthy, it's definitely possible for Porter to be an early-round value next season.
Apr 22 - 2:05 PM

Jared Dudley is hoping for a three-year deal in free agency this summer and is open to returning to the Wizards.

"Going forward, I could definitely see me coming back," Dudley said. "As I told some other reporters, I’m never anybody’s first or second or third option, I’m your fourth option. So if you don’t get your girlfriend you want right away, I’m the one at the end. For me, it’s no problem. You know what I can do in this system. When I play, I play the right way." Dudley had a solid season in Washington with averages of 7.9 points, 3.5 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.2 3-pointers, and he should get a decent raise this summer with the salary cap expected to expand.
Apr 22 - 10:52 AM

Scott Brooks has reportedly agreed to a deal to become the Wizards' next head coach.

It's reportedly a five-year deal worth $35 million. Brooks isn't the most popular guy in fantasy hoops circles, but he did manage to compile a winning record of 338-207 during his seven seasons at the helm in OKC. It'll be interesting to see how he alters Washington's rotations, but it's worth noting that he's reportedly a big believer in Otto Porter.
Apr 21 - 5:50 PM

The Wizards are " actively intensifying" their pursuit for Scott Brooks, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

It makes sense. The Wizards were hoping for Tom Thibodeau, but he's off the market now. Plus, it would be slightly odd to add Jeff Hornacek after they traded for Markieff Morris in February. Brooks would be inheriting a Wizards team coming off a letdown. It sounds like the Wizards want to get a new coach ASAP.
Apr 20 - 4:18 PM

Ramon Sessions said that he'll be looking for a team that will give him the opportunity to start as an unrestricted free agent this season.

"In this league everybody wants to be a starter," Sessions said. "For me, my whole career’s kind of been that backup role, which I’ve been fine with. But at the end of the day, I do want to be a starter." Through five games as a starter during the 2015-16 season, Sessions compiled averages of 17.6 points, 9.6 assists, 1.2 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game on 55.0 percent shooting. While those numbers are impressive, given the current landscape of the NBA it's tough to see the 30-year-old landing a starting gig as a free agent this offseason.
Apr 20 - 9:47 AM


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