Player News - Wizards

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Bradley Beal said that he'll continue to take midrange jumpers.

"That’s definitely a shot that, even though a lot of people in the NBA don’t like, I’m going to continue to work on it. It’s an open shot and I think you’re probably more open shooting that shot than a lot of other shots," Beal said. Kobe Bryant is nodding his head in approval. Beal is also spending time this offseason working on his handles as well as creating offense for his teammates
Source: Slam Online
Jul 6 - 10:40 AM

The Blazers are no longer interested in Rasual Butler, a source told the Oregonian.

After the Blazers were reported to have interest in the veteran, that notion was shot down almost immediately. It was fun while it lasted.
Jul 6 - 10:27 AM

Of the Wizards' remaining free agents, Drew Gooden is the most likely to return, a source told CSN Washington.

Gooden developed into somewhat of a stretch-four for the Wizards and played a larger than expected role for the team, so with Paul Pierce's departure and Nene's constant health issues, Gooden could be an under-the-radar name to monitor if he does return to Washington.
Jul 6 - 10:22 AM

The Blazers have shown an interest in veteran small forward Rasual Butler.

Butler may want to play for a contender at this point in his career, and the Warriors and Spurs are both rumored to be interested in him as well. Butler shot 38.7 percent from deep last season, and he also averaged 7.7 points in 20.1 minutes per game. The Blazers could use another small forward after trading Nicolas Batum to Charlotte, but Al-Farouq Aminu should be locked into a starting role in Portland.
Jul 5 - 12:55 PM

Kevin Seraphin is getting interest from the Wizards, Lakers, Suns and Spurs.

The Spurs would not sign Seraphin if they're able to get David West, and the same goes for the Wizards. Seraphin finished his 2014-15 season on a high note thanks to Marcin Gortat getting sick, but he's unlikely to get significant minutes no matter where he lands.
Jul 4 - 9:21 PM

The Wizards are still monitoring the David West situation, but they are also reportedly moving on to re-sign Drew Gooden and adding another wing.

The feeling is mutual between Gooden and the Wizards, so it's possible that a deal gets done relatively quickly. Gooden emerged as the primary big off the bench down the stretch last season, and the fact that he developed a 3-point shot bodes well for his chances of getting playing time next season. He is still not worth a look in standard leagues, though.
Jul 4 - 1:51 PM

Gary Neal has agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Wizards.

Since his departure from San Antonio, things have not gone well for Neal at all. The Bucks and Hornets both dumped him after some reported issues, and he's also had some struggles at shooting the rock. He'll likely just be some Bradley Beal insurance and is unlikely to get more than 20 minutes off the bat. This deal is expected to be in the bi-annual exception, so it won't affect the cap number.
Jul 3 - 3:19 PM

The Wizards are not actively shopping Nene.

It makes sense right now because they haven't even signed David West. If the Wizards do opt to deal Nene, they'd likely be looking at picking up another trade exception, which helped them land Jared Dudley yesterday. He has an expiring contract, so that could be a valuable piece before the trade deadline.
Jul 3 - 2:22 PM

If the Wizards sign unrestricted free agent David West, Nene could be available for a trade.

The Wizards are going to try and figure out a way to keep West and Nene, but it's not going to be easy. Nene would instantly be one of the best trade targets for teams who struck out in free agency. Expect the loser of the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes to be the favorite here.
Jul 3 - 11:22 AM

Jared Dudley will be traded to the Wizards for a protected second-round pick.

It's basically just a salary dump and the numbers work here because of the trade exception from the Andre Miller deal last season. Dudley will be a stretch four in the second unit, but he probably won't take much of Otto Porter's playing time, especially if he has another sub-par year. Dudley isn't worth a pick in most fantasy leagues.
Jul 2 - 7:13 PM

The Wizards are reportedly nearing in on a deal that will net them Jared Dudley.

Dudley would likely serve in a mentorship role for guys like Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, but he won't have any fantasy value with the Wizards.
Jul 2 - 6:50 PM

The Clippers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Kevin Seraphin.

Seraphin has let it be known that he'd like the opportunity to start, so perhaps he'll be a backup plan for Los Angeles if they end up losing DeAndre Jordan via free agency. Seraphin could emerge as a shot blocking and rebounding specialist if he secures a starting role, but that is far from a certainty.
Jul 2 - 6:44 PM

Bradley Beal and the Wizards have reportedly begun discussing an extension.

Beal feels that he's a max-player, and he could certainly secure a max-level extension with the Wizards, especially considering that the salary cap will skyrocket in a few seasons. Beal is a very talented player, however, his struggles with health (two injury plagued seasons in his three-year career) could emerge as an issue when discussing that max-contract.
Jul 2 - 4:56 PM

Gary Neal has a "strong market" for a deal, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Shooting? Neal has made 38.1 percent from deep in his career, which converts to a 57.2 effective field goal percentage. Neal has been a bit of a headache to two of his last three teams, so he won't be too hot of a commodity.
Jul 1 - 5:45 AM

Jared Dudley has reportedly picked up his player option to remain with the Bucks next season for $4.25 million.

This was a pretty easy decision for Dudley as it was unlikely he could have secured such a deal on the open market. He averaged just 7.2 points, 1.0 steal and 1.0 three-pointer per game last season, and he'll be in a reserve role with the Bucks next year. It'll take more than a few injuries for him to emerge as a viable asset in standard leagues.
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