Player News - Wizards

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Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Otto Porter could fill the void at power forward with Markieff Morris (hernia) sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks.

"Otto definitely has the ability to play four. It's such a smaller league. In the 80s or 90s, Otto at the four probably wouldn't be the decision," Brooks said. "But now with all the shooting fours in the league, I think he can play that position." Brooks also said guys like Kelly Oubre, Jason Smith and Mike Scott could see a bump in minutes as well -- Oubre is likely the other big winner here. Porter was a fantasy stud last season and is a great value in the middle rounds.
Sep 25 - 7:35 PM

Updating a previous item, Trey Burke has changed course and will not sign with the Thunder on Saturday.

This is a rare situation for a player to change his mind, but Burke should find himself at an NBA in the near future. He played well last season in his 57 games with the Wizards, but he isn't a lock to make a team off a camp deal.
Sep 23 - 8:26 PM

Trey Burke is finalizing a deal with the Thunder, according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

OKC adds another dominant college player today, but Burke has some work to do to get minutes. Burke played in 57 games for the Wizards last year, making a career-high 45.5 percent from the field. He has played better per minute, but he's not on the fantasy radar.
Sep 23 - 4:37 PM

Markieff Morris had sports hernia surgery on Friday and is expected to be out 6-8 weeks.

That means he will miss the start of the season and he could miss up to 15 games. Morris had himself a strong 2016-17 season and logged more minutes at center than he had in his previous time with the Wizards. With him out, Jason Smith, Kelly Oubre and Marcin Gortat should pick up some extra minutes. Fantasy owners may not want to draft Morris unless stashing won't hurt.
Sep 22 - 3:31 PM

Markieff Morris (sports hernia) will undergo surgery this Friday and is expected to miss the start of training camp.

There is no timetable for his return and he will have the procedure in St. Louis. He was extremely durable to start his career, but the 28-year-old missed 18 games in 2015-16 and six games in 2016-17. If Morris does need to miss game action, Kelly Oubre, Mike Scott and Jason Smith would likely pick up some extra minutes. Morris is now only a late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
Sep 20 - 5:53 PM

Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris go on trial Monday on felony assault charges from 2015.

The trial is expected to last for about 10 days, so both players could end up missing part of training camp. However, they have bigger concerns on their minds, as they could face a maximum of nearly four years in prison if they are found guilty. The NBA would also have to issue at least 10 games of suspension if they are convicted. We should have some clarity on this next week.
Source: Boston.com
Sep 18 - 11:47 AM

Trey Burke has recently worked out for the Bucks and Timberwolves.

Burke was rumored to be a candidate for a roster spot with the Knicks, but New York signed Jarrett Jack to a deal this week, eliminating NYC as a potential landing spot. Burke will likely have to settle for a non-guaranteed contract and be forced to earn his way onto an opening-night roster with a strong training camp and preseason.
Sep 15 - 1:30 PM

The Wizards are signing Carrick Felix to a training camp deal.

A slew of injuries have made it tough on the Arizona State product. He's suffered two knee fractures and also suffered a bad shoulder sprain. Felix likes doing work in the open floor and he has shown some bright spots, but he may have a tough time making the roster.
Sep 8 - 11:55 PM

According to Ian Begley of ESPN, the Knicks may consider signing free agent Trey Burke.

The Knicks currently have 14 players with guareented contracts for next season. The only experienced point guard on the roster is Ramon Sessions. Ron Baker is more of a combo-guard and has just one NBA season under his belt. Frank Ntilikina is a 19-year old rookie that saw only limited minutes in France last season. Using their final roster spot to improve depth at the PG position would make sense. Jarrett Jack is another veteran point guard New York is reportedly considering.
Sep 8 - 10:39 AM

Free agent G Trey Burke was one of a half-dozen players who worked out for the Timberwolves on Wednesday, according to Michael Scotto.

Minnesota took a look at a variety of guys including Thomas Robinson, Anthony Morrow, Alan Anderson, Perry Jones and Isaiah Canaan. The Wizards declined Burke's qualifying offer this summer and even if he does earn a guaranteed deal he's a dubious fantasy option. The former lottery pick has averaged 10.6 points on 39.0 percent shooting in his four-year NBA career.
Sep 6 - 9:04 PM

Scott Brooks implied that Tomas Satoransky will need to play out of position if he wants to be a part of the rotation next season.

"Regardless of how you feel as a player that 'I need to play this position,' I think those days are done," said Brooks. "I know he likes that he's been a point guard all his life, but the way we play and the way the NBA is, you need playmakers on the court. I think he can do multiple positions. I think he can play one, two and three." Tim Frazier will likely get most of the backup point guard minutes, so Satoransky will need to adjust to playing outside of his comfort zone if he hopes to get minutes during the 2017-18 season.
Aug 29 - 5:23 PM

Marcin Gortat said that he'd like to "add a few blocks ... and a few points" to his averages this season.

"That depends on what kind of system we're going to have and what kind of role I'm going to have this season," Gortat added, noting that he hopes to be among the league leaders in rebounds. He struck a discordant note in his exit interview in May, saying he felt "under-appreciated" in Washington, but his recent interview was more even-keeled.
Aug 27 - 11:27 PM

Marcin Gortat said he is fully committed to the Wizards going forward.

In his exit interview at the end of last season, a frustrated Gortat said it might be best for both him and the team if he were to be traded. However, Gortat joined teammates in Los Angeles earlier this summer and is currently participating in an informal summer mini-camp with fellow Wizards. This is a departure from previous years, when he would typically spend most of the offseason in his native Poland. "I still have a contract and at the end of the day, I’m a Wizards player," said Gortat.
Aug 25 - 10:35 AM

Kelly Oubre (knee) has been working out in Miami with John Wall.

Oubre had PRP treatment in June and was cleared for workouts in July, so chances are he's close to 100 percent. He'll be going into his third year and could get more minutes, especially with how the Wizards had some success with their forward combo of Oubre and Otto Porter. Oubre still isn't a strong fantasy target.
Aug 18 - 7:27 PM

Donald Sloan agreed to a one-year deal with the Wizards.

It's likely just a camp deal for the five-year vet. Sloan was with the Nets in the 2015-16 season and he did spend some time with the Pacers before that, but he'll likely just be there for training camp.
Aug 17 - 6:00 PM


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