Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

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

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

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

Markieff Morris said he spent a large chunk of the offseason working on his 3-point shooting.

He shot a career-high 36.2 percent from deep last season, so he has a good foundation to build on. Morris also said he's aiming for more scoring diversity and "staying more consistent" overall. The Wizards didn't address their frontcourt this summer other than bringing in veteran Mike Scott, so Morris will reprise his role as the starting PF. He was a top-75 asset in standard leagues last season with averages of 14.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 blocks, 1.1 steals and 0.9 triples, but fantasy owners can usually grab him pretty late.
Aug 14 - 10:07 AM

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that head coach Scott Brooks "really, really" likes Kelly Oubre and believes that he can be a "difference maker."

"[Oubre] kind of has that X-factor in his game," Leonsis said. Oubre has recovered from a PRP injection in his right knee in early June, and Leonsis expects him to "challenge [the Wizards] to pay him a lot of money." He'll earn $2.1 million this season with a $3.2 million team option in 2018-19, before potentially hitting restricted free agency the following summer. Assuming he looks healthy throughout the preseason, he could be a flier pick in deeper leagues.
Aug 6 - 9:01 PM

Head coach Scott Brooks said that Ian Mahinmi had a minor procedure on his left knee soon after the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

The Wiz had high hopes for Mahinmi after inking him to a four-year, $64 million contract last summer, but he missed 51 games due to an assortment of knee injuries. However, Brooks is optimistic that Mahinmi will bounce back in 2017-18. "He's down to like 238, he's in the best shape he's ever been. He's working hard and looking forward to coming back," Brooks said. Playing behind Marcin Gortat even when healthy, Mahinmi can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Aug 5 - 9:50 AM

Brandon Jennings has accepted a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for China Shanxi.

He hopes to play in the NBA after the Chinese season ends, so he'll be a popular name in March. Jennings should be able to light it up in China and will probably have some record-breaking performances. His NBA career has been on the downswing after his 15.4 points per game in 2014-15, but he projects as an NBA backup.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 2:37 PM

John Wall's four-year, $170 million contract extension became official on Wednesday.

Wall called it an "easy decision" to agree to a deal that will keep him in Washington through the 2022-23 season. Team president Ernie Grunfeld said that Wall has "constantly worked to improve and expand his game and has developed into an All-NBA player who has elevated our franchise and electrified our fans." He's been remarkably durable over the past four seasons and should once again return cumulative first-round value in 8-cat fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 10:31 PM

The Hornets are bringing in free agent G Donald Sloan for a workout, according to David Pick.

Sloan last played for the Nets in 2015-16, averaging 7.0 points, 2.8 boards, 4.4 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.6 threes in 21.6 minutes per game. He played for the Guangdong Southern Tigers in China last year, helping his team make the 2017 CBA Finals, and could head back overseas if he doesn't earn a guaranteed deal in the NBA.
Jul 24 - 12:39 AM


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