Player News - Wizards

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Otto Porter shot 5-of-14 from the field for 11 points with five boards, two assists, one turnover and one foul in 33 minutes.

He had a minor injury tonight, but was able to return and didn't seem to be bothered by it. Porter has really had a tough time staying on the court in his rookie season, but he may be cleared for some regular minutes this season.
Jul 14 - 12:47 AM

John Wall will not be on the Team USA roster which will be announced on Monday, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Wall could still be included before Team USA begins their training camp in late July, and the FIBA World Cup won't be held until August 30 - September 14. It's unclear why Wall has been left off the initial roster but it shouldn't take long for more supporting details to emerge.
Jul 14 - 12:36 AM

The Wizards have reportedly agreed to accept Melvin Ely's contract from the Pelicans as part of a three-team deal involving Trevor Ariza and Omer Asik.

The Pelicans have been slowly but surely shedding contracts to clear room for Asik, and unloading Ely and Alonzo Gee (to the Rockets) may be the final piece of their salary-cap puzzle. The Wizards gain a traded-player exception of $8.5 million for their efforts, while Houston gets Ariza, Gee and a protected 2015 first-round pick from the Pelicans.
Jul 13 - 6:56 PM

The Nets reportedly had the opportunity to match the Wizards' offer on Paul Pierce, but chose not to.

The Nets had Pierce's Bird Rights, and could have offered him more money than any other team, but they chose to let him walk. The Nets surrendered three future first round draft picks when they acquired Pierce and Kevin Garnett a year ago, and with Garnett's future in Brooklyn also cloudy, it doesn't look like they got much a return on that investment.
Jul 13 - 9:42 AM

The Wizards will sign Paul Pierce on a two-year, $11 million deal, according to ESPN.com.

It's expected to be a two-year deal and work as the mid-level exception for the Wizards. He will also have a player option in the second year, which makes sense after he's said multiple times he's likely to play just two seasons. The Wizards did a fantastic job here and were able to come away with a solid small forward after losing out on Trevor Ariza. Pierce will have to change his style of play a little and will likely be catching and shooting more.
Jul 12 - 11:57 PM

Otto Porter was terrific in his Las Vegas Summer League debut, making 11-of-16 from the field for 25 points with seven boards, three assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers.

He couldn't stay healthy leading up to his rookie season and was buried on the depth chart. The loss of Trevor Ariza may have created an opening for Porter and we'll see how the Wizards look to fill that void. As for today, Porter really put it all together on offense with his mid-range game as his best asset. He was also very active in sharing the ball. If he can keep it going, he'll be on fantasy map in deep leagues, especially with Martell Webster's back injury.
Jul 12 - 7:20 PM

The Knicks have "continued to show interest" in unrestricted FA Trevor Booker, according to Marc Berman of the NY Post.

Another half-dozen teams have been linked to Booker, who averaged 6.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks in under 22 minutes per game last season. The 26-year-old also shot 55.1 percent from the field, including 61.9 percent from within eight feet, and teams view him as an affordable source of frontcourt depth.
Jul 12 - 10:16 AM

Wizards coach Randy Wittman said he saw a "big change" in Otto Porter's game throughout last season, and that Porter has an "opportunity" to establish himself this summer.

Porter didn't play enough for his improvement to be evident on the court, as his playing time dipped after the All-Star break to only 7.5 minutes per game. With Martell Webster (back) injured and Trevor Ariza uncertain to return in free agency, Porter could emerge with a significant role at SF in Wittman's rotation. We'll be keeping a close eye on him throughout Summer League and the preseason.
Jul 12 - 9:34 AM

Paul Pierce confirmed on Thursday that he has been contacted by his former coach Doc Rivers about joining the Clippers.

Pierce also mentioned that the free agency process will move quicker once LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony make their decisions. The two top suitors for Pierce appear to be the Nets and the Clippers, but more teams will likely be added to the mix once the top-tier free agents sign with teams. Pierce said that he will like to play for two more years, but added that he has "no idea where I'll be going next year."
Jul 10 - 5:27 PM

Al Harrington has recovered from left shoulder surgery and hopes to re-sign with the Wizards as a free agent.

Harrington's knees were the biggest issue last season, limiting him to 34 games played, but he's not ready to end his playing career. "I’m just trying to preserve my joints. My new thing is to try to get as light as I can and see what happens," said Harrington, who lost 10 pounds this summer on a vegan diet. While he waits for the free agent market to settle down, Harrington has been volunteering as an assistant coach with the Wizards' Summer League team.
Jul 9 - 12:53 PM

Garrett Temple is holding off on a free agency decision until LeBron James decides upon his free agency destination.

Temple was reportedly leaning towards the Heat last week, but CSN Washington is reporting that Temple doesn't currently have an offer from the Heat. The Heat were reportedly interested in the 28-year-old before he re-upped with the Wizards last summer and may make another run at him as a complementary piece to the Big 3 if they all re-sign. Temple averaged 1.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game last season, so his fantasy prowess is quite limited no matter where he signs.
Jul 8 - 10:43 AM

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce is seeking a two-year contract at about $9-10 million per season.

He said he wants to play at least two more seasons, so the two-year deal makes sense. It's tough to tell if teams are going to be willing to give up that kind of money after Pierce's game really slowed down in his first year with the Nets. He made $15.3 million last season and hasn't made less than $10 million since 2003.
Jul 7 - 1:19 PM

Unrestricted free agent Paul Pierce wants to play at least two more seasons.

His minutes per game took a massive hit at 28.0 last year, which shattered his previous career low of 33.4 from 2012-13. Pierce also had career lows in points and boards, so he's clearly on his way down. He sits 18th on the all-time scoring list and will almost certainly climb into the top 15 next year.
Jul 7 - 9:15 AM

Marcin Gortat opened up for the first time since agreeing to a five-year, $60 million contract extension with the Wizards about why he chose to return to D.C.

"A lot of different reasons," Gortat said, when asked why he elected to stay with the Wizards. "First of all, I like the city. I like the team. I definitely feel comfortable over there... I definitely love the chemistry between me and John Wall. I think Bradley Beal is going to be a great player one day. Coach Randy [Wittman] believes in me, and I have a great relationship with him. So, the decision was real easy for me. I believe that we will be a special team for the next four or five years." Gortat had a great year with the Wizards last season, averaging 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks a game, while shooting 54.2 percent from the field. With little changing to the Wizards frontcourt, one could expect similar results for next season.
Jul 6 - 9:11 AM

General manager Billy King said the Nets are not negotiating with the Clippers on a sign-and-trade deal for Paul Pierce.

King said the Clippers have been calling, but the team is not interested. Kevin Garnett is expected to come back next season, but joining his former coach, Doc Rivers, on a better team is an attractive option for Pierce. Chances are The Truth won't come to terms on a deal until after Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have decided.
Jul 3 - 8:09 PM


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