Player News - Wizards

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Otto Porter admitted that it "meant a lot to be a part of something like that" when asked about the Wizards' playoff run.

Porter emerged as a key piece for Washington in the playoffs, and Porter, who turns 22 on Wednesday, needed that breakout in the worst way. Capable of playing both forward spots, Porter should have a larger role next season, and that will be even bigger if Paul Pierce (player option) departs in free agency. After drawing praise from Randy Wittman and his teammates, Porter should be entering the offseason with confidence.
Jun 1 - 9:10 AM

Ramon Sessions said that it was an "honor" to be traded from the Kings to the Wizards this season.

"It was just an honor to get traded," Sessions said. "To be honest, the situation I was going through in Sacramento, to be a part of a team that is trying to win a championship, it was a great experience." He fell out of the rotation in Sacramento and a nagging back injury kept him on the shelf for 13 straight games. Sessions looked rejuvenated in Washington and really stepped up when John Wall suffered a wrist injury, so the Wizards will be thrilled to know that Sessions will be on the books for $2.17 million next season in what will be a contract year for the guard.
May 31 - 10:19 AM

According to police, John Wall was kicked off a Las Vegas flight on Tuesday after one of his friends got into a verbal fight with another passenger.

The airline didn't go into many details, but it doesn't sound like Wall will be in any kind of trouble. There were no charges or arrests, and neither the Wizards nor Wall plan on commenting. We will let you know if any new details emerge. Wall is still expected to see a hand specialist soon, so we should have a medical update on the All-Star point guard shortly.
Source: USA Today
May 30 - 9:26 AM

Despite persisting rumors, it is not a sure thing that Paul Pierce will opt out of his contract and sign with the Clippers.

While a reunion with Clippers head coach Doc Rivers makes a lot of sense, the Clippers have a bigger offseason priority in re-signing DeAndre Jordan and may not have enough money to pay Pierce if he opts out of his contract with the Wizards. Pierce has also talked about potentially retiring, so there are likely to be more twists in this road before we learn of Pierce's final decision.
May 26 - 11:08 AM

Paul Pierce may opt out with the Wizards and sign with the Clippers.

It could be for less money in order to join coach Doc Rivers and assistant coach Sam Cassell. Pierce was distraught after his loss to the Hawks and still hasn't made it clear if he'll be back next season. To be clear, this is just a rumor and Pierce has not said anything about joining up with the Clippers.
Source: NBA.com
May 25 - 3:28 PM

John Wall is hopeful that Paul Pierce will be back with the Wizards next season.

"Who wouldn’t want to have a Hall of Fame guy back on this team? He meant so much to us," Wall said. "Just his leadership, his work ethic, being a mentor, talking to us, and giving us those words of encouragement and that extra grit and fight. He has to do what’s best for him and his family, and that’s taking time off and deciding whether he wants to come back and play." Pierce has a $6 million player option for next season, but he will likely take his time before making a decision. He averaged 14.6 points, 4.2 boards and 3.3 3-pointers in the playoffs and hit several big shots in clutch situations, so he obviously still has a lot to offer.
May 23 - 10:58 AM

Otto Porter credited Paul Pierce for his rapid improvement over the course of the season.

"He means a lot," Porter said in regards to Pierce. "I learned a lot from him this year whether he told me something or I just picked it up. And it’s going to stick with me throughout my NBA career, what to expect in the NBA and how to be a professional." Porter broke out in the playoffs, averaging 10.0 points, 8.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 3-pointers in 33.1 minutes per game. He averaged just 19.4 minutes in the regular season, so it's clear that he finally earned the trust of head coach Randy Wittman. If Porter continues to improve over the summer, he could be an interesting late-round flier in fantasy drafts.
May 23 - 10:36 AM

Kris Humphries stated during a recent interview that he will be looking to expend his range to beyond the 3-point arc this offseason.

"I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries. "I had a lot of success in the last month [practicing] or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." Wizards' head coach Randy Wittman has been gravitating towards playing smaller and faster with shooters at the four-spot, and current starting center Marcin Gortat has expressed a desire to play alongside a stretch-four, so if Humphries wants more consistent minutes this is a part of his game he'll need to develop.
May 22 - 10:19 AM

LeBron James spoke about what Paul Pierce has meant to his career and lauded the veteran's overall body of work in the NBA.

After saying that PIerce helped him elevate his game, James spoke about PIerce's legacy. "It's great to have him in this league as far as the competition and what he's done not only for the three teams that he's played for, but for himself," said James. "He's probably going to be a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. His numbers speak for itself. He's a big-time player." The Truth will now take the summer to decide whether or not to retire, but he'll remain a solid late-round fantasy pick if he comes back for another season.
May 19 - 11:50 AM

Bradley Beal said he hopes that no one wins the NBA Championship now that the Wizards have been eliminated.

When asked about his pick to win the title, Beal said, "I hope nobody wins. I’m a sore loser." Hilarious quote aside, Beal had a solid third NBA season, but was still only able to suit up for 63 regular season games. While the 21-year-old has mid-round fantasy potential, owners will need to take injury concerns into account when using a draft pick on Beal.
May 19 - 11:40 AM

John Wall (hand) said he doesn't need surgery and will see a hand specialist this week or next.

Wall said he plans to see hand specialist Thomas Graham at the Cleveland Clinic within the next week or so, but added that surgery isn't necessary. "I’m still just doing a normal treatment routine I was doing, like I was playing," Wall said. "Just consists of a lot of treatment and trying to keep the swelling down and letting the bone heal on its own." We'll update Wall's status after he meets with Graham, but it sounds like he should be ready for training camp barring any bad news at his visit.
May 19 - 11:21 AM

Verizon is not renewing as the title sponsor for the Wizards' arena, according to Sports Business Daily.

The arena known as "The Phone Booth" will need a new nickname when Verizon's naming rights end in 2018. The Verizon Center should have a terrific backcourt calling that arena home for the next few years while the Wizards look to bring Kevin Durant home.
May 18 - 5:23 PM

Drew Gooden would "love" to return to the Wizards in free agency.

Gooden revitalized his NBA career with the Wizards over the last two seasons, and he's now turned himself into a legitimate stretch four. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the veteran land a deal that extends beyond just next season, and the Wizards may have more pressing needs with a plethora of big men already under contract.
May 18 - 1:07 PM

Garrett Temple is likely to exercise his player option for next season and remain with the Wizards.

Temple isn't guaranteed to find a roster spot on another NBA team if he tests free agency, so this is the smart move on his behalf. He's not on the fantasy radar.
May 18 - 1:02 PM

Nene said he would be okay with coming off the bench next season.

Nene doesn't want to play any more center, and although he had a reduced role during the postseason, he didn't seem to mind a reserve role going forward. It may actually be in his best interests, as such a move would give him a better chance of staying healthy. The Wizards want to play smaller and faster more often last season, meaning Otto Porter could see increased time at the four.
May 18 - 12:59 PM


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