Player News - Wizards

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The Wizards "top priority" this offseason will be signing John Wall to an extension, according to CSN Washington.

Wall is coming off the best season of his career. In 2016-17, Wall became just the third player in NBA history to average at least 23 points, 10 assists and two steals per game. Becuase he was named to an All-NBA team, he is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer. The extension would be worth $168 million over four years, beginning in 2019-20. However, according to the report, Wall "wants to see a bigger picture plan on where the franchise is headed before committing."
May 23 - 1:36 PM

As a result of being named to the All-NBA Third Team, John Wall is eligible to sign a Designated Player Veteran Extension this summer.

Wall has two years left on his current deal but is now able to sign a four-year, $168 million extension that would kick in for the 2019–20 season. In the past, Wall had previously voiced his displeasure after seeing inferior point guards, such as Reggie Jackson, sign contracts worth more than his. Both he and the Wiz may consider committing to each other long term, which would lock in a major pay raise for Wall. He would earn $37.5 million in the first season of that new deal.
May 19 - 11:25 AM

Candace Bucker of the Washington Post said that the Wizards are high on Chris McCullough's potential.

Buckner adds that the Wizards plan on developing McCullough as if he is the team’s 2017 first-round draft pick -- the Wizards traded away the 22nd overall pick to land Bojan Bogdanovic. McCullough only made two brief appearances for the Wizards following his arrival from the Nets, but he could make a case to enter the rotation in 2017-18 with a strong showing in the summer league. We'll be watching his development closely, but he's not on the standard-league radar yet.
May 18 - 10:51 AM

Candace Buckner of the Washington Post said the Wizards "may not prioritize" keeping Bojan Bogdanovic if he can "command a big payday elsewhere."

The Wizards gave up their 2017 first-round pick in order to acquire Bogdanovic, but their biggest priority is to re-sign Otto Porter first. Both players are restricted free agents, but Porter is expected to receive max contract offers which limits Washington's financial flexibility. Bogdanovic averaged 12.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 triples following his trade from the Nets and shouldn't have any problem landing a sizable contract this summer.
May 18 - 10:43 AM

Brandon Jennings said that he was "terrible" in the series against Boston.

At least he's honest, as Jennings averaged just 1.0 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists on 18.8 percent shooting against the Celtics in the second round. The 27-year-old PG has clearly lost a step since his Achilles injury and is a huge defensive liability. He averaged just 3.5 points and 4.7 assists on 27.4 percent shooting after his trade from the Knicks, so he wasn't much better in the regular season. A return to Washington in free agency doesn't seem likely.
May 18 - 10:23 AM

Trey Burke is expected to move on from the Wizards this summer.

"I don’t plan on my role being the same next year," Burke said. "My agency is working very hard for me right now. I know what type of player I can be and I know what type of player I want to be. That’s not my plan." He was leapfrogged by Brandon Jennings late in the year and completely fell out of the rotation, so it's not a surprise that he's ready to move on. Still only 24 years old, Burke has struggled on both ends of the floor early in his NBA career and averaged just 5.0 points and 1.8 assists on 45.5 percent shooting this season. At best, Burke will land a backup job somewhere this summer.
May 18 - 10:19 AM

Kelly Oubre plans to undergo PRP injections to his right knee according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.

Oubre revealed during Tuesday's exit meeting that he had an MRI on his right knee last week, but he doesn't have any structural damage according to this report. This is a minor procedure that is only expected to sideline him for a couple weeks, so it shouldn't have too big of an impact on his offseason plans.
Source: ESPN
May 16 - 7:03 PM

Kelly Oubre said he had an MRI on his right knee last week.

He didn't want to know the results of the MRI until after the playoffs, but he added that he still doesn't know the diagnosis. Oubre did hint that a procedure(s) could be necessary, so we'll be on the lookout for an update on his knee in the coming days. He averaged 6.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 triples in 20.3 minutes per game this season, shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 28.7 percent from beyond the arc. Expect him to have a larger role in 2017-18, but his ceiling will be limited unless Otto Porter leaves as a restricted free agent.
May 16 - 4:00 PM

John Wall said that he feels fine physically heading into the offseason and that he doesn't expect to undergo any further knee procedures.

Despite a bitterly disappointing end to the season due to a poor performance in Game 7 vs. Boston, the 2016-17 campaign was very encouraging overall for Wall. Not only did he put up the best all-around numbers of his career in the regular season and the playoffs, he was also able to remain healthy. He was held out of back-to-backs in November, and there was fear he would frequently be sidelined, but he ended up starting 78 of 82 regular season contests and all 13 playoff games. He won't last past the second round in fantasy drafts next fall.
May 16 - 1:47 PM

In his exit interview, Marcin Gortat said that he is going to speak with his agent this summer and figure out "if this is the right fit."

An agitated Gortat voiced frustration with the situation in Washington. He said he felt he "did more sacrificing" than anyone on the team, while playing an "under-appreciated" role as a center. Gortat still has two years left on his current contract, so he has little leverage to demand a trade. And considering the fact that he is signed to an affordable contract (he will make $6 million less than Ian Mahinmi over the next two seasons), the Wiz have no incentive to move him.
May 16 - 1:36 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic (illness) scored five points on 1-of-2 shooting with one rebound in 16 minutes in Monday's Game 7 loss to Boston.

Bogdanovic was the only bench player to score for Washington and everyone else was 0-of-3 from the field. The second unit has been Washington's biggest weakness all season, so expect that to be a priority this summer after they try to lock up Otto Porter to a new deal.
May 15 - 11:56 PM

Otto Porter was terrific in Monday's Game 7 loss to Boston, scoring 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting in 39 minutes.

Not a bad way to bounce back after a scoreless dud in Game 6. Porter grabbed 10 rebounds with two assists, two steals and one block while going 8-of-8 from the line. He had a breakout 2016-17 season and has likely earned himself a max deal in restricted free agency this summer, posting averages of 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.9 treys on 51.6 percent shooting. The Wizards traded away their 2017 first-round pick to acquire Bojan Bogdanovic, so re-signing Porter will likely be their top priority during the offseason.
May 15 - 11:48 PM

John Wall faded down the stretch of Monday's Game 7 loss to Boston, finishing with 18 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and one triple in 44 minutes.

Wall was one of the best performers in the postseason prior to Monday, but he ran out of gas tonight and gave the Wizards very little when it mattered the most -- he failed to score in the final 19 minutes and was 0-of-11 from the field as he settled for jumpers instead of taking it to the rim. While this is a brutal way to end his season, Wall can hold his head high after leading his team to a 49-33 record with averages of 23.1 points, 10.6 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.1 3-pointers. Despite having surgeries on both knees before the season, he rewarded his fantasy owners with a top-20 campaign.
May 15 - 11:41 PM

Bradley Beal's 38 points weren't enough in Monday's Game 7 loss to the Celtics as the Wizards were eliminated from the postseason.

Washington ran out of gas down the stretch, but Beal kept them in it with some huge shots despite some suffocating defense from Boston. He played a whopping 46 minutes in the loss, shooting 12-of-22 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and five 3-pointers. Beal probably should've made the All-Star team this season and returned top-30 value in standard leagues, averaging 23.1 points, 3.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 2.9 triples. He also was able to finally stay healthy, appearing in 77 games while playing nearly 35 minutes per contest. Still only 23 years old, Beal could be poised for another leap in 2017-18.
May 15 - 11:27 PM

Bojan Bogdanovic (illness) will play on Monday vs. the Celtics in Game 7.

According to coach Scott Brooks, everyone on the Wizards is available. Bogdanovic has been battling the flu for a few days and sat out of Saturday's practice, but expect him to see his normal role with minutes in the high teens or low 20s.
May 15 - 12:03 PM


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