Player News - Wizards

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John Wall stated during a recent interview that "a lot of times" he and Bradley Beal have a "tendency to dislike each other on the court."

"We got to be able to put that to the side," Wall said of the tension between himself and Beal. "Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star." Wall added that he's hopeful that his new head coach Scott Brooks will be able to help ease the tension by holding everyone accountable and making sure everyone understands their role, but publicly challenging Beal to improve his game may not be the best way to smooth things over.
Aug 23 - 4:06 PM

The surgery on John Wall's left knee was "far more serious" than the procedure on his right knee.

Per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the surgery on Walls' left knee "could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season." Wall is currently running, jumping and going through two-a-day workouts, but he is not yet playing one-on-one. Although he's targeting opening night, it's not a guarantee that Wall will be out there when the Wizards open their season.
Aug 20 - 4:25 PM

J.J. Hickson is finalizing a deal to play for Fujian in China.

The length of the deal isn't clear, but we'd imagine that his contract will include an NBA-out clause. To be clear, Hickson is firmly off the fantasy radar.
Aug 20 - 1:55 PM

John Wall (knee surgeries) is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening night.

He had procedures done on both knees back in May, but recently had a checkup and said that he's "right where I'm supposed to be." Wall said he's been working out two times a day and that he can shoot and jog, but added that he hasn't played 1-on-1 yet. Wall won't rush his return, but he still has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before training camp begins. The fact that he's coming off two knee surgeries means owners might be able to wait until the end of the second round to target him.
Aug 20 - 1:53 PM

J.J. Hickson will reportedly play in China next season.

Hickson isn't much more than a reserve at the NBA level, but he could get some solid playing time overseas. He's currently in the negotiation stages of his contract, and we'll let you know when the deal is finalized, but this report firmly takes Hickson off the radar in any format.
Aug 19 - 6:35 PM

The Wizards have signed G Casper Ware to a training camp deal.

Ware last played for the Tianjin Steel in China and will now attempt to play his way onto the Wizards final roster. While Ware could earn one of the Wizards final roster spots, he won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17.
Aug 18 - 1:53 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks believes Otto Porter will be a premier defensive wing.

It's unclear how quickly Brooks believes Porter can develop into this role, but obviously the new lead man is intrigued with his starting small forward. The potential exists for the Georgetown alum to be productive across the stat sheet, but he's going to have competition for minutes and for touches under a new coaching staff.
Aug 6 - 3:00 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks believes John Wall and Bradley Beal can be the "top two-way backcourt in basketball."

What else is he going to say? Ultimately the pairing will be judged by their production and if both can stay on the court for a full season. While Wall's fantasy stock is solid as a top-20 selection, Beal is much more of a risk-reward play on draft day considering his injury history with his leg.
Aug 6 - 2:57 PM

The Wizards have officially picked up their team option on Kelly Oubre.

The Wizards had until October to pick up Oubre's option, but decided to formalize the move with plenty of time to spare. Oubre will start the 2016-17 season backing up Otto Porter and won't have much fantasy value as long as Porter stays healthy.
Aug 2 - 9:14 AM

According to Wizards reporter J. Michael, Danuel House has a good chance to make the 15-man roster in Washington.

This comes on the heels of a report that the Wizards are unlikely to re-sign Alan Anderson. Michael believes that House's ability to play both forward spots gives him an advantage, and also cites his 3-point shooting and ability to defend. House would be the third-string SF behind Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre if he makes the team, so he won't have any immediate fantasy value.
Aug 1 - 11:05 AM

The Wizards have officially re-signed Marcus Thornton.

It's reportedly a one-year deal worth $1.3 million. Thornton will be the primary backup behind Bradley Beal, but he could emerge later in the season if Beal gets hurt. Thornton averaged 8.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 14 games with the Wizards last season, shooting 39.3 percent from the field.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 30 - 9:52 AM

Aaron White has signed a two-year deal with Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

He was the Wizards' 49th pick in the 2015 Draft and spent last season playing in Germany. He only averaged 7.2 points per game during the summer league, so he's not ready to make the jump to the NBA. It's a two-year deal, but the second year is a team option and he does have an NBA buyout clause.
Jul 29 - 11:39 AM

God Shammgod joined the Mavericks' staff as assistant of player development.

The Providence star from 1995-97 would've have been an Twitter sensation for his ball-handling in college, but obviously Twitter wasn't around in the late 1990s. Shammgod played just 20 games in the NBA.
Jul 28 - 9:23 PM

The Wizards guaranteed $175,000 of Jarell Eddie's contract to delay the guarantee date, according to J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com.

He had a guarantee date of July 15, but the two sides agreed to push it back after after a solid Summer League. Eddie has a decent shot to lock up one of the last spots on the roster, but he won't be a fantasy factor.
Jul 27 - 3:50 PM

Bradley Beal said that this summer is "probably the best offseason" he's had in terms of taking care of his body, and he hasn't experienced "any soreness" in his troublesome right leg.

Beal was on the stage for his presser Wednesday morning, announcing the official signing of his five-year, $128 million deal. Head coach Scott Brooks was also in attendance and said that he believes Beal can develop into one of "the best two-way players in the league," and that his jumper is "flawless." These are true statements, but Beal will need to stay healthy to realize his potential, something he hasn't managed to do throughout his four years of NBA experience.
Jul 27 - 1:00 PM


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