Player News - Wizards

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General manager Billy King said money was a factor in determining whether or not the team should bring back Paul Pierce.

It was an absolute shock that Pierce signed with Wizards back in July. The Nets do save close to $20 million on the luxury tax, but Kevin Garnett probably wasn't planning on this happening. Pierce won't have much fantasy value and it will be interesting to see how second-year forward Otto Porter steps up.
Sep 22 - 11:28 PM

The Wizards have reportedly given Rasual Butler a training camp invite, and he'll fight for the last remaining roster spot on the team.

Butler will be competing for a roster spot with the likes of Xavier Silas and Damion James, but even if he makes the team, he'll be irrelevant from a fantasy standpoint.
Sep 22 - 7:02 PM

The Wizards have signed Damion James.

It's likely just a training camp deal and the two parties have been in talks for at least a couple days. James was with the Spurs last season and started one game. He's very unlikely to make the rotation to start the year.
Source: Real GM
Sep 19 - 9:15 AM

Damion James is close to signing with the Wizards.

He started one game for the Spurs last season, but played a total of 50 minutes on the season. It'll likely just be a training camp deal and James will have a tough time making the roster.
Sep 15 - 9:14 PM

Xavier Silas has signed a training camp deal with the Wizards.

Silas was invited to Wizards training camp last season as well, and was cut, so they likely just want him there for camp. Even if he does make the team, he's not going to be an impact player with regards to fantasy, and he can safely be ignored in all formats.
Sep 15 - 3:27 PM

Melvin Ely signed with the Gunma Crane Thunders in Japan for next season.

He played just 27 minutes last season with the Pelicans and was dealt to the Wizards in a three-team trade. Ely is 36 years old and probably won't be back in the NBA.
Source: Japan Times
Sep 13 - 3:39 PM

DeJuan Blair arrived for individual workouts at the Verizon Center this week.

He is the first newly-acquired free agent to show up with the team while Paul Pierce and Kris Humphries have been working out on their own. Blair has already said he's excited to join the team and his actions seem to be coinciding with his words. Still, he'll only be a backup and won't have value while Nene is healthy.
Sep 9 - 7:48 PM

Otto Porter is favored over Glen Rice Jr. to become Paul Pierce's backup at small forward, according to the Washington Post.

We agree after Porter showed some offensive versatility in Las Vegas to go with his length and athleticism. Rice was phenomenal in isolation at Vegas, but that's not something the Wizards would need with John Wall running the show and Bradley Beal set to take another leap in his third year. Porter could provide stats in several areas, so he's worth a look later in deep drafts.
Aug 25 - 6:47 PM

Nene scored 10 points in Brazil's 40-point win over Iran on Saturday to go with six boards and three assists.

He scored eight points with three boards vs. Slovenia on Thursday, and looks ready for the FIBA World Cup. Nene has battled plenty of injuries in his career, so the Wizards probably wouldn't want him out there for much more than 25 minutes per game. He's a late-round target in fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 9:42 AM

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

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

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