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Otto Porter Expected To Receive Max Contract Offers In Free Agency

Dec 6, 2016 12:03 PM

Otto Porter has begun living up to his billing as the third overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft this season, averaging 14.7 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 steals in 34.7 minutes per game. Porter also has a career high PER of 19.4.

Porter will be a restricted free agent this offseason, which will give the Washington Wizards matching rights.

Two front office executives recently predicted Porter will receive a max contract in free agency.

The Wizards maxed out Bradley Beal in restricted free agency in 2016.

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DeMarcus Cousins Hopes John Wall Will 'One Day Be In A Sacramento Uniform'

Nov 28, 2016 7:34 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to the media before the Sacramento Kings played the Washington Wizards about the possibility of playing with John Wall.

Cousins was asked if he and Wall ever discuss the situations they presently find themselves in where they're playing for teams not presently considered contenders. Cousins and Wall were teammates at Kentucky.

"Do we ever talk about playing with one another? Is that your question? It's come up," said Cousins. "They're going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac."

Cousins won't be a free agent until 2018 but he is currently adamant about wanting to remain with the Kings. Wall won't be a free agent until 2019.

"He wants me here," said Cousins about Wall. "Eric (Bledsoe) wants us in Phoenix."

Cousins was asked if he thinks there will ever be a time when he plays with Wall.

"You never know. Maybe. There might be a time we team up in a rec league after we retire or something. You never know."

Cousins was finally asked if playing with Wall is something he would want.

"Play with John and Eric again... you never know what will happen. It's the NBA, so hopefully one day he'll be in a Sacramento uniform," said Cousins.

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Bradley Beal Fined $15,000 For Grabbing Evan Fournier's Throat

Nov 27, 2016 6:58 PM

Bradley Beal has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for grabbing the throat of Evan Fournier during Friday's 94-91 win by the Washington Wizards over the Orlando Magic.

The incident occurred during a fourth-quarter scuffle that resulted in double technical fouls being called on Beal and Fournier.

While several players from both teams clustered together amid some pushing, Beal reached out with his left arm and grabbed Fournier’s throat hard enough to leave a mark.

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Ian Mahinmi Returns To Practice, Expected To Play By End Of Month

Nov 19, 2016 4:30 PM

Ian Mahinmi participated in his first on-court activity with the Washington Wizards for the first time in more than a month.

Mahinmi underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus on Oct. 14.

Mahinmi is expected to be ready to play in games by the end of the month.

“Obviously it’s not a live full-blown practice but it’s my first time being on the court with everybody. I went through every drill, no restriction,” Mahinmi said after the session. “That’s the goal, to come back before the end of the month, and everything depends on how my knee reacts going into a full-blown practice.”

Mahinmi has not yet played five-on-five, or even competed in a one-on-one drill against a teammate.


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Marcin Gortat: We've Got One Of The Worst Benches In The NBA

Nov 13, 2016 7:24 PM

Marcin Gortat sharply criticized the bench play of the Washington Wizards after their loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday to drop to 2-7 this season.

“We need energy. We need effort. We’ve got to make shots,” Gortat said. “I think there’s a lot of things we can do better. I think right now, as far as I know, I think we’ve got one of the worst benches in the league right now.”

The Wizards' preferred starting lineup of John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter Jr., Markieff Morris and Gortat has a 101.2 offensive rating and 100.7 defensive rating, but overall the Wizards are 100.1 and 104.8. 

Jared Dudley, Garrett Temple, Ramon Sessions, Gary Neal, Nene and Kris Humphries are all gone from Washington's roster.

“I’m not afraid to throw guys in there,” Brooks said. “Age has nothing to do with my process. Experience, that helps but you gain experience day by day if we do our job of developing our guys.” 

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John Wall Ejected For 2nd Straight Game

Nov 10, 2016 10:29 AM

John Wall was ejected for the second straight game as he's showing frustration with the lack of calls he is receiving.

In Wednesday's game, Wall committed a flagrant-2 foul with five minutes remaining in the Washington Wizards' 118-93 blowout win of the Boston Celtics.

“Just me getting frustrated,” Wall said.

Wall named Avery Bradley as the main culprit of fouls against him.

“My finger’s bleeding the whole game. Got stepped on on purpose. Go the basket a couple times & didn’t get calls and the play before I (fouled Smart) I got smacked right across the face in my ear so I just let my frustration get the best of me,” he said.

Wall didn't communicate his frustrations with the referees.

“Nope. Not a word. I just keep getting beat up and keep playing basketball,” said Wall.

Wall later apologized on Twitter: "Just want to take a moment to apologize to my coaches, teammates and fans for losing my cool tonight. The last thing i would ever want to do is to let you all down. I love and respect this game (too) much."

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Wizards Plan To Sign Otto Porter In Offseason

Nov 4, 2016 2:27 PM

The Washington Wizards would like to keep Otto Porter as part of their long-term plans despite not agreeing upon an extension.

"We had conversations but we want Otto here long-term," Ernie Grunfeld said. "We like Otto. We really like what he brings to the table. He’s a really good player that meshes well with John (Wall) and Brad (Beal) who like to have the ball in their hands. Otto cuts and spots up and he does a lot of little things. He makes a lot of winning plays that don’t show up in the boxscore. Our intention is in the offseason is to have Otto signed and have him here long-term."

Porter will make $5.9 million this season as the No. 3 overall pick in 2013. Porter will become restricted when the Wizards make him a $7.7 million qualifying offer (125% of his salary, required by the CBA). If the Wizards don't make him a qualifying offer, he'd become unrestricted and free to sign with any team.

"We like everything about him. Great character, very hard worker, very low key, does everythng behind the scenes," Grunfeld said. "I talked to Otto and let him know that he’s very important to us and we expect him to continue to work hard, continue to improve and continue to contribute to what we’re tyring to do."

 

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph

Oct 25, 2016 1:51 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Mike Prada of SB Nation (@MikePradaSBN) and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News (@AdiJoseph) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

In the offseason review, they pick who got better and worse, discuss notable moves (9:45) and choose the Southeast’s best newcomer (32:44).

In the season preview, they rank the teams 1-5 (53:35), predict how many playoff teams will come out of the division (55:07), choose breakout players (1:01:21) and much more.

 

 

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Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House Make Wizards' Regular Season Roster

Oct 21, 2016 10:02 PM

Sheldon McClellan and Danuel House have made the Washington Wizards' regular season roster.

Washington has waived Jarell Eddie, Johnny O'Bryant and Casper Ware.

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Ian Mahinmi Out 4-6 Weeks With Partially Torn Meniscus In Left Knee

Oct 15, 2016 11:46 AM

The Washington Wizards announced that Ian Mahinmi has suffered a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee.

The injury occurred in Thursday’s game vs. Philadelphia. An MRI performed on Friday revealed the partial tear and Mahinmi underwent successful surgery Friday evening.

The procedure was performed by team orthopedic surgeon Dr. Wiemi Douoguih of MedStar at Washington Hospital Center. Mahinmi is expected to miss approximately four to six weeks.

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John Wall Uncertain For Start Of Training Camp
John Wall underwent two knee operations this offseason.

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Johnny O'Bryant Agrees To Deal With Wizards
Johnny O'Bryant was an early second round pick out of LSU in 2014.

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Wizards Unveil Stars & Stripes Alternate Uniform (Photo)
The Wizards will wear the uniforms for six home games, starting on Nov. 11th against the Cavaliers.

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John Wall: Money 'Not Why I Play The Game'
Bradley Beal signed a five-year, $128 million max contract this offseason with John Wall in the middle of an $80 million deal that runs through the 2018 season.

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John Wall 'Rankled' By James Harden's Extension
A source says John Wall has "jealousy issues" with how he monitors what other players are making.

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John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court
John Wall is willing to share the individual success with Bradley Beal.

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Casper Ware Signs Camp Deal With Wizards
Casper Ware played in China and France last season.

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Zaza Pachulia Was Discussing Two-Year, $20M Deal With Wizards Before Taking Warriors' Offer
The Wizards were non-committal to the deal and Zaza Pachulia ended up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Warriors.

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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Away Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat will be a free agent in 2019.

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John Wall Understands Durant's Decision, Believes It's Great For Basketball
John Wall was asked for his opinion on Kevin Durant leaving the Thunder to join the Warriors.

Scott Allen/Washington Post

Drew Gooden To Be Released By Wizards
Drew Gooden was owed $2.9 million for the 16-17 season.

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Nene Agrees To One-Year, $2.9M Deal With Rockets
Nene had been with the Wizards since his trade from the Nuggets in 2012.

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Wizards Agree To Three-Year, $16M Deal With Jason Smith
Jason Smith averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 76 appearances in 15-16.

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Tomas Satoransky, Wizards Agree Three-Year, $9M Contract
Tomas Satoransky was a second round pick by the Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Garrett Temple, Kings Agree Upon Three-Year, $24M Deal
Garrett Temple has played for the Washington Wizards since 2012 and is capable of playing either guard position.

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Jazz Trade Trey Burke To Wizards For 2nd Rounder In 2021
The Jazz traded for George Hill this offseason and they also have Dante Exum returning from his torn ACL.

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Andrew Nicholson Agrees To Four-Year, $26M Deal With Wizards
Andrew Nicholson's deal includes a player option for Year 4.

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Ian Mahinmi, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
Washington was also in on a pursuit of Al Horford and shifted to IanMahinmi as soon as he agreed to sign with the Celtics.

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Hawks Becoming More Optimistic About Odds Of Re-Signing Al Horford
Atlanta has been weighing trade offers involving Paul Millsap in order to re-sign Al Horford and have enough space to also sign Dwight Howard.

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Trevor Booker Agrees To Two-Year, $18M Deal With Nets
The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to the Pacers earlier in the offseason.

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