Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

The Wizards have officially signed Johnny O'Bryant.

It's likely just a training camp deal for O'Bryant, but even if he makes the team, he's not going to see minutes right out of the gate. O'Bryant averaged 3.0 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Bucks last season in 13.0 minutes per game.
Source: Real GM
Sep 24 - 10:24 AM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said there will be "healthy competition" at small forward this season.

The suggestion is that Otto Porter might not be a lock over Kelly Oubre for the starting SF job, even though he's coming off a strong season. "We also have some younger players who are coming into camp," Brooks said. "I’d like [Porter and Oubre] to take a step in the right direction and they should." Porter has the edge and he managed top-75 value in just 30.3 minutes last year (top-50 in 9-cat), so fantasy owners shouldn't be scared off him in the middle rounds.
Sep 21 - 11:36 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks declined to say whether John Wall (knee surgeries) would be healthy enough for the team's first training camp practice.

"[Wall] has doing some one-on-one, he’s doing some three-on-three," Brooks said. "I don’t like to put a timetable, because if he doesn’t meet it [then] we’re saying, ‘Oh, he’s still hurt.' He’s improving. His body looks great [but] his conditioning is going to be behind." We'll have a better feel for Wall's status once training camp begins, but for now owners should tread lightly in the first few rounds.
Sep 21 - 8:58 PM

The rumored trade of John Wall to the Pistons is reportedly not true.

Rumors have been circulating surrounding a trade that would send Wall to the Pistons along with Markieff Morris, while the Wizards would get Brandon Knight, Jahlil Okafor, and pieces. Furthermore, the 76ers would get Reggie Jackson, while the Suns would get Tobias Harris and pieces. There appears to be nothing behind this rumor, but we'll keep an eye on the situation.

John Wall (knees) has progressed to playing one-on-one.

Wall said that there's no rush for him to progress to five-on-five work, and while things are trending in a positive direction, there are no guarantees he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. Wall is fully capable of producing top-20 value in standard 9-cat leagues, but he'll carry some added risk this season after undergoing surgeries to both of his knees this offseason.
Sep 14 - 9:36 AM

Scott Brooks said that he's not worried about John Wall and Bradley Beal having chemistry issues.

"Two things I noticed about both of them: They’re very competitive, and they care about their teammates. When you have those two qualities, you will never have problems with me as the coach and you’ll never have problems with your teammates," Brooks said. "With that being said, they’re like brothers, and you’re going to have arguments. If you don’t have an argument as an NBA team, that’s odd." The chemistry concerns have been overblown, but Wall is going to be a risky prospect to invest in on draft day after having both of his knees operated on this offseason.
Sep 11 - 3:39 PM

Wizards coach Scott Brooks isn't worried about a possible rift between John Wall and Bradley Beal.

"There’s a lot of things I’m worried about going into camp, and every coach in this league is worried about. That is not one of them," Brooks said. He did say that he will meet with both Wall and Beal individually, but this whole story was blown out of proportion and Brooks made it clear that his team isn't going to have any chemistry issues. The bigger concerns for the Wizards at the moment is the health of Wall's knees and Beal's ability to stay on the court.
Sep 10 - 1:39 PM

Johnny O'Bryant will sign a deal with the Washington Wizards.

Terms of the contract haven't been disclosed yet, but it's likely just a training camp deal. The Wizards only have two power forwards in Markieff Morris and Andrew Nicholson, so O'Bryant could make the 15-man roster with a strong camp. Regardless, he won't be a fantasy option in 2016-17.
Sep 10 - 9:10 AM

John Wall said that he's trying to get in the best shape of his life.

He's recovering from two offseason knee surgeries, but he's taking his rehab very seriously and has been working out two times a day. A report last week indicated that Wall has been jumping and running, but as far as we know he hasn't been cleared for contact yet. Training camp is just around the corner, but he's still said to be targeting opening night. He comes with a little bit more risk this season due to the knee concerns.
Aug 29 - 10:39 AM

Bradley Beal's longtime shooting coach Drew Hanlen said that he doesn't believe there's a rift between Beal and John Wall.

"I think both were saying that they’re just leaders and very vocal leaders, so at times both of them want the stage," said Hanlen regarding Wall's recent comments that the backcourt duo sometimes don't like each other on the court. "I don’t think there’s any beef between them because they are friends off the court." Beal and Wall have a complicated relationship, and there are reports out there that suggest Wall was a bit perturbed by the amount of money Washington handed to Beal during free agency.
Aug 25 - 3:18 PM

John Wall stated during a recent interview that "a lot of times" he and Bradley Beal have a "tendency to dislike each other on the court."

"We got to be able to put that to the side," Wall said of the tension between himself and Beal. "Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star." Wall added that he's hopeful that his new head coach Scott Brooks will be able to help ease the tension by holding everyone accountable and making sure everyone understands their role, but publicly challenging Beal to improve his game may not be the best way to smooth things over.
Aug 23 - 4:06 PM

The surgery on John Wall's left knee was "far more serious" than the procedure on his right knee.

Per Candace Buckner of the Washington Post, the surgery on Walls' left knee "could have sidelined him for several months had it been done during the season." Wall is currently running, jumping and going through two-a-day workouts, but he is not yet playing one-on-one. Although he's targeting opening night, it's not a guarantee that Wall will be out there when the Wizards open their season.
Aug 20 - 4:25 PM

J.J. Hickson is finalizing a deal to play for Fujian in China.

The length of the deal isn't clear, but we'd imagine that his contract will include an NBA-out clause. To be clear, Hickson is firmly off the fantasy radar.
Aug 20 - 1:55 PM

John Wall (knee surgeries) is still hopeful that he will be ready for opening night.

He had procedures done on both knees back in May, but recently had a checkup and said that he's "right where I'm supposed to be." Wall said he's been working out two times a day and that he can shoot and jog, but added that he hasn't played 1-on-1 yet. Wall won't rush his return, but he still has plenty of time to ramp up his workload before training camp begins. The fact that he's coming off two knee surgeries means owners might be able to wait until the end of the second round to target him.
Aug 20 - 1:53 PM

J.J. Hickson will reportedly play in China next season.

Hickson isn't much more than a reserve at the NBA level, but he could get some solid playing time overseas. He's currently in the negotiation stages of his contract, and we'll let you know when the deal is finalized, but this report firmly takes Hickson off the radar in any format.
Aug 19 - 6:35 PM


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