Player News - Wizards

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John Wall said that he's ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgeries to his left and right knee, and he expects to be able to run at full speed by the end of July.

"This week I can start doing a little bit of running, like jogging and stuff like that," said Wall. "Probably not until the end of July I can really start having full out sprints and stuff. Start really working out. I can start doing basketball drills and stuff like that. I can stand up now. I just can’t change directions and cut." Wall is on track to be ready for training camp, although he's made it clear that he will not rush his recovery. Either way, he should be good to go when the 2016-17 season kicks off, and he'll be worth an early-round selection on draft day.
Jun 26 - 2:37 PM

The Wizards are "pessimistic about their chances as a real factor" to sign Kevin Durant in July, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

This isn't a surprise for his hometown. The Wizards did add coach Scott Brooks, but not making the playoffs last season had to hurt their chances. Durant has been in the owner's box for Washington Redskins games and the whole city has pitched him for years, but the KD2DC movement isn't looking good.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 12:00 AM

Bradley Beal will not participate for Team USA this summer.

Beal announced it in a statement on his Twitter account: "I could not be more grateful for the invitation to represent my country, as it is the ultimate honor, however it is with deep regret that I have declined the opportunity to participate with Team USA this summer in Rio. I have made the decision to dedicate this summer to getting in the best physical shape of my life and feel it is imperative that I stay true to my plan so I can be at my very best supporting my coaches and teammates for the upcoming season." This is good news for the Wizards due to how Beal has so many injuries to his leg.
Jun 24 - 3:22 PM

The Wizards haven't decided if they will keep Drew Gooden.

Gooden is on the books for $3.6 million for the 2016-17 season, but the deal isn't guaranteed. If he does remain with the Wizards, he will likely have a very limited role off the bench. Washington has until July 15 to make a decision.
Jun 24 - 11:45 AM

Sheldon McClellan will sign a partially-guaranteed deal with the Wizards.

The undrafted shooting guard out of Miami posted averages of 16.3 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys on 50.4 percent shooting from the field and 40.6 percent from deep. McClellan could've been a second round pick in the draft, but he reportedly told teams that he didn't want to be stashed overseas.
Jun 24 - 12:48 AM

Undrafted free agent Danuel House has signed a deal with the Wizards.

The details of the contract haven't been released, but it's likely a partially-guaranteed deal. The senior from Texas A&M averaged 15.6 points, 4.8 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 2.1 treys.
Jun 24 - 12:41 AM

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks defended the Wizards trade for Markieff Morris last season.

Though the Wizards don't have an first-round draft pick on Thursday night because of it, Brooks defended the Wizards acquisition of Morris. "We don’t have a draft pick tomorrow night, but we traded that pick for a really really good player in Markieff Morris," Brook said. "You don’t get guys like that in a draft. [What] he’s going to bring the team and to be around the team full time is going to be a great asset to us." Morris will be worth a look in the later rounds of 2016-17 fantasy drafts as he's still just 26 years old and should benefit from a full season with the Wizards.
Jun 23 - 1:47 PM

Jared Dudley said he could envision himself playing for the Utah Jazz.

Dudley responded to a fan's tweet asking if Utah was a possibility for the unrestricted free agent and the 30-year-old responded by saying he could see that happening. Dudley is far from a fantasy star, but the Jazz have minutes open at the wing position and he could be a sneaky late-round option if he signs in Utah.
Jun 21 - 12:01 PM

Tony Brown is finalizing a deal to join the Wizards as an assistant coach.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Brown would be the top assistant on Scott Brooks' staff. Brown served as the interim head coach of the Nets this season after the team fired Lionel Hollins, but he was no longer needed after the Nets gave their head-coaching position to Kenny Atkinson.
Jun 11 - 1:08 PM

Jared Dudley said he doesn't see Kevin Durant joining the Wizards next season.

"I realistically don’t," Dudley said. "I hope for the fans they do, because he’s from there, and he would bring such excitement. They’d be right behind Cleveland, right there with them to be able to contend. I don’t see it though." Dudley hasn't been shy about comments in his career, but he's probably right on this one.
Jun 10 - 2:44 PM

Markieff Morris won't be charged in a customs incident in Philadelphia.

A friend made an admission that exonerated both Markieff and his brother Marcus after customs at Philadelphia International Airport found 3.95 ounces of marijuana on May 31. The 26-year-old averaged 12.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.9 steals, and 0.9 three-pointers in 27 games with the Wizards last season and should be able to improve upon those numbers in his first full season with Washington in 2016-17.
Jun 7 - 12:46 PM

Nene, who will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, is reportedly not contemplating retirement.

The oft-injured big man has already begun training and he fully intends to suit up for Brazil at the 2016 Olympic Games. Nene's numbers have been steadily trending in the wrong direction over the past three seasons, and he ended his 2015-16 campaign with meager contributions of 9.2 points, 4.5 boards and 1.7 assists per contest. He won't be a fantasy option regardless of where he winds up.
Jun 5 - 5:15 PM

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis is pleased with Tomas Satoransky's development overseas.

"It’s exactly what guys like you say we should do, right? We should use the second-round pick, take a player, stick him in Europe, let them develop and when they’re ready, bring them over," Leonsis said. "The question is, is he ready? Our basketball people and coach will decide but that was part of a plan. That is an asset maybe we can bring over and he can add a lot of value to the team." Satoransky could potentially be the first guard off the bench for Washington next season, but they will need to convince him to leave FC Barcelona first.
Jun 5 - 10:54 AM

John Wall believes that the surgeries on both of his knees will allow him to finally be 100 percent.

"It’s going to be like the first time I’ll be really healthy and be myself," Wall said. "If you know me, you know I’m a person that’s going to attack it like nothing else. I’m taking this challenge on. It’s a tough challenge to try to rebuild everything and get stronger." Wall admitted that he was basically playing on one leg this season, so he could be poised for a strong 2016-17 campaign under coach Scott Brooks. Check out the link below for more details on his rehab, his relationship with Brooks and his plans for recruiting Kevin Durant this summer.
Jun 4 - 12:15 PM

John Wall (knee surgeries) said that he will not rush his rehab in order to be ready for training camp.

"They're doing great. I'm rehabbing every day for like three hours, sometimes like two times a day," said Wall of his knees. "I'm in no rush... my health is more important for the regular season so I'm going to take as much time as I need to." Wall underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, and had another procedure performed on his left knee to remove calcium deposits in early May, but he is expected to be ready when the 2016-17 season begins. Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis did say that Wall is currently "ahead of schedule" in his recovery, so things are moving in a positive direction.
Jun 2 - 5:15 PM


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