Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

John Wall (left knee tendinitis) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans, but head coach Randy Wittman expects him to practice on Tuesday.

Wall has dealt with tendinitis in his left knee for a few years now, but it didn't cause him to miss a single game last season. Given the fact that Wittman expects Wall to return to practice on Tuesday, we're not considering this to be a serious issue, and the Wizards are likely just being cautious with their star point guard. Wall led the league in total assists last season, and added a 3-point shot to his game. He's well worth a look towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
Oct 20 - 6:25 PM

The Wizards have been "totally non-committal" on Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) for the season opener.

He hasn't been moving much at practice and it would appear he's closer to doubtful. If the Wizards feel comfortable with Garrett Temple and Otto Porter at the shooting guard spot, there's no need to rush Rice back into the lineup. If you're looking to make a pickup from the Bradley Beal (wrist) fallout, Porter is probably your guy in deeper leagues.
Oct 20 - 11:56 AM

Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment.
Oct 19 - 2:46 PM

Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is making progress in his recovery and was seen taking jumpers at practice Sunday.

We expect him back very soon but he should still be considered questionable for opening night. Rice Jr. has a great chance to carve out a significant role in the Wizard's offense with Bradley Beal out so he may be worth a flier late in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:43 PM

Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
Oct 19 - 2:40 PM

Garrett Temple started Friday's 96-86 exhibition loss to the Bobcats despite a nagging thigh injury, and finished with eight points, one assist, two steals and a block in 30 minutes.

Like most of the injuries you're reading about these days it's not serious. Should Randy Wittman decide he'd rather bring Otto Porter off the bench while Bradley Beal and Glen Rice Jr. are out, then Temple might sneak into some short-term deep league value.
Oct 17 - 11:12 PM

Drew Gooden (hamstring) returned to action in Friday's preseason loss, logging 17 minutes with six points on 3-of-4 shooting with one assist and one steal.

Gooden is emergency and situational depth for the Wizards frontcourt with no real fantasy value.
Oct 17 - 11:09 PM

Otto Porter came off the bench on Friday despite the absence of Glen Rice Jr., finishing with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

It's possible that Randy Wittman will want to keep Porter in his bench role to maintain continuity as guys like Rice and Bradley Beal return. Wittman used Garrett Temple as the starting two-guard tonight, and he managed eight points with two threes, two steals, one block and one assist in 30 minutes.
Oct 17 - 11:07 PM

Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
Oct 17 - 9:03 PM

Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
Oct 17 - 6:26 PM

Nene returned to the starting lineup during Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 23 minutes.

Nene was rested during Wednesday's preseason game, but he'll return to the lineup on Friday. Injuries will always be a concern for Nene, as he only made it through 53 games last season, but he also put up decent averages of 14.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.2 steals. He's a candidate for a late-round selection, but just know that he only connected on 58.3 percent of his free throws last season.
Oct 17 - 6:21 PM

There's a "strong chance" that the Wizards start Otto Porter at shooting guard, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington.

Coach Randy Wittman said the team doesn't really have a two or a three, which makes sense with how Paul Pierce aligns himself on offense. Porter was a disaster in his rookie season due to injuries, but he was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, especially on offense. He's been red hot in his last four preseason games, making 59 percent of his shots for averages of 14.5 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 triples. He's creeping up into the standard-league conversation.
Oct 17 - 10:38 AM

Daniel Orton has reached an agreement with Shanxi in China.

Orton was waived by the Wizards on Thursday and is now headed to China. He was hoping to latch on to an NBA roster but will likely have to play out his contract overseas before he gets another opportunity.
Oct 16 - 6:24 PM

Wizards waive C Daniel Orton.

If he winds up on another team, he will be suspended for the first game of the season. Orton put on a few pounds and hasn't really been getting up and down the court very well. He's not expected to be on an NBA roster this season.
Oct 16 - 12:14 PM

Otto Porter's preseason play is receiving rave reviews from his teammates.

"He's night and day," Kevin Seraphin said of Porter's play. "I told him that yesterday. I'm proud of him. He's really stepped up right now. He's more confident in everything. I love his game." After an injury-plagued rookie season, Porter has an opportunity in front of him with Brad Beal sidelined. While he'll still have to battle Paul Pierce and Glen Rice Jr. for minutes, Porter is worth late round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
Oct 16 - 10:26 AM


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