Player News - Wizards

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Paul Pierce cited John Wall's playmaking as a primary reason he decided to sign with the Wizards this offseason.

"John is going to make life easier on me," Pierce said. "I saw what he was able to do last year. How he helped Trevor Ariza miraculously have another career year ... Hopefully I can step in there and get into the right spots." Pierce took 42.1 percent of his shots beyond the arc in Brooklyn last year, demolishing his previous career-high, and his success as a spot-up shooter should ensure healthy 3-point totals this season.
Oct 1 - 1:39 PM

Nene reported to training camp "noticeably more trim" than last season, thanks to his participation in the FIBA World Cup.

"He's in basketball shape [after] doing what he did for Brazil," said coach Randy Wittman. "No aches and pains or bumps and bruises from that." Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Nene is unlikely to exceed the 29.4 minutes he averaged last season given the Wizards solid frontcourt depth. In addition to Nene and Marcin Gortat, they have Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin coming off the bench.
Oct 1 - 1:02 PM

John Wall feels "overlooked" in the discussion of elite PGs, saying, "I’m one of the most complete point guards in the league."

"I rebound, I assist, play defense, steal, score," he said. "I don’t get why I’m overlooked. I’m still trying to figure it out." Teammate Bradley Beal recently declared himself and Wall to be the NBA's best backcourt tandem, a claim Dion Waiters disputed, so it should be fun watching the Wizards and Cavaliers square off in Washington on Nov. 21.
Oct 1 - 12:02 PM

Kris Humphries shot 47.9 percent from 16 feet and beyond last season, and he could emerge as a 'stretch PF' option for the Wizards.

Humphries isn't a 3-point threat but his solid jump shooting should earn him a reliable role backing up Marcin Gortat and Nene in a crowded frontcourt. Wizards writer Ben Standig suggests that Humphries "will be in the rotation, if not the first big man off the bench," but fantasy owners should leave him untouched on draft day.
Oct 1 - 9:55 AM

Martell Webster (back) has still not been cleared for practice.

He was given a 3-5 month timetable back in June to return to basketball-related activities, so that means he could make his season debut any time between opening night and December. With Otto Porter able to contribute to start the season, there's no rush for Webster to return. He's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Sep 30 - 8:11 PM

Otto Porter said he is mentally and physically prepared for a bigger role this season.

"I've definitely felt like I've gotten better since summer league," Porter said. He was fantastic at summer league and the Wizards used him in isolation a ton, especially mid-range shots -- a big problem for him in 2013-14. Porter will back up Paul Pierce this season, but he filled up the stat sheet at Georgetown, so he could be a sneaky late-round pick in 14-team leagues.
Sep 29 - 9:44 AM

Marci Gortat said he'll be focused on rebounding and defense this season.

He was used heavily in the postseason as the roll man, but said the Wizards won't need him to be an offense option after they added Paul Pierce. Gortat is still a solid big man to grab in the middle of drafts.
Sep 26 - 9:08 AM

Garrett Temple is dealing with a thigh issue and is still working out.

He is not scrimmaging just yet and it's just a minor problem. Temple signed a two-year deal over the summer, but he's unlikely to get significant minutes while the Wizards are close to full strength.
Sep 24 - 2:26 PM

Martell Webster (back surgery) will be able to take part in limited activities when training camp opens on Tuesday, according to Wizards coach Randy Wittman.

"He won’t be 100 percent come Tuesday, but he’ll be able to do some things," Wittman said. "He’s progressing really well." Webster had a herniated disc in his lower back which was expected to keep him out 3-5 months after surgery in late June. If he isn't ready for opening night, more minutes will be available for guys like Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr. and Rasual Butler.
Sep 24 - 1:30 PM

Vander Blue has earned a training-camp invite from the Wizards.

The Wizards have 15 guaranteed contracts, including guys like Damion James and Glen Rice Jr., so Blue is very unlikely make the roster. He made a few cameos with Boston last season, but has spent the majority of his playing time in the D-League since going undrafted out of Marquette.
Sep 24 - 11:19 AM

Vander Blue worked out at the Verizon Center on Monday in the hopes of earning an invite to Wizards' training camp.

Blue worked out alongside Jamaal Franklin as both players are hopeful of earning an invite to Washington's training camp. While the Wizards have some open camp spot, Blue only played three NBA games last season and doesn't hold any fantasy value.
Sep 23 - 11:09 AM

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

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