Aug 10, 2014 1:44 PM EDT
Al Harrington has signed a one-year contract with the Fujian Sturgeons in China.
An announcement on the deal will come on Monday.
Harrington hopes to join the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach following his stint in China. He played with the Wizards last season.
Aug 08, 2014 9:14 PM EDT
The Washington Wizards have named Roy Rogers as an assistant on the staff of Head Coach Randy Wittman.
Rogers comes to Washington after spending the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets. He began his NBA coaching career with the Nets, serving as an assistant coach from 2008-2010. He then served as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics as part of Doc Rivers’ staff in 2010-11 before joining the Detroit Pistons for two seasons (2011-2013) under head coach Lawrence Frank.
Aug 02, 2014 10:51 PM EDT
Sam Cassell will leave the Washington Wizards to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cassell became an assistant with the Wizards in 2009.
A reunion with Rivers has been rumored for several weeks, with the Clippers losing assistants Tyronn Lue (to Cleveland) and Alvin Gentry (to Golden State) this offseason.
Cassell will receive a significant pay raise though it will be a lateral move.
Cassell played for the Clippers during his playing career.
Jul 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
The Washington Wizards have waived Melvin Ely.
Ely was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason to help facilitate the Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets deal.
Ely spent most of the 13-14 season in the D-League before signing with the Pelicans in April to finish the campaign on a non-guaranteed contract.
Jul 30, 2014 12:11 AM EDT
Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.
Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.
“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”
Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.
Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.
“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”
Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.
“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."
Jul 16, 2014 9:07 PM EDT
DeJuan Blair has agreed upon a three-year, $6 million deal with the Washington Wizards.
The third season on Blair's deal will be a team option.
Blair spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Jul 16, 2014 12:28 PM EDT
The Washington Wizards recently hired David Adkins as a player development assistant. Adkns will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ryan Saunders.
Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.
Adkins was a longtime high school boys' basketball assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian. Adkins has worked with Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo.
Stephen A. Smith said recently on the radio that he's heard that the Wizards are the only team Durant would consider leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join. Marc Stein also reports that the decision to hire Adkins is another sign that the Wizards may be preparing a run at Durant in 2016.
Jul 16, 2014 10:52 AM EDT
Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and appears unlikely to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Washington Wizards would be the only team that is strongly considered.
Durant grew up in the Washington D.C. area and they have an interesting core in John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Marcin Gortat.
“I don’t think anybody, to be quite honest with you,” Smith said. “Obviously the New York Knicks would be in the mix and what have you. But there are folks that I’ve spoken to that are relatively close to Kevin Durant that tell me if he were to decide to leave Oklahoma City, it would be for the nation’s capital. That’s the kind of dude he is. That’s a place that he would consider.
“I certainly don’t want to sit here as a reporter and insider and try to give indications that he’s planning on leaving Oklahoma City,” Smith said. “I don’t know that to be sure. I don’t know that to be the case. But I was told that if there is a team that would be strongly considered, it is the Washington Wizards, and him returning home.”
Jul 15, 2014 2:25 PM EDT
Kris Humphries has agreed upon a three-year, $13 million deal with the Washington Wizards.
Humphries spent last season with the Boston Celtics.
Jul 15, 2014 1:25 PM EDT
Trevor Booker has agreed upon a deal with the Utah Jazz.
Booker averaged 21.6 minutes in 72 games (45 starts) last season with the Washington Wizards, averaging 6.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.
Booker was the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.
Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the deal is worth $10 million over two seasons.
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The Wizards sent Sam Cassell to meet with Paul Pierce in Las Vegas.
Jul 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Wizards were on the market for a small forward following the departure of Trevor Ariza and have reached a deal with Paul Pierce.
Trevor Ariza's contract contains declining salaries of $8.6 million, $8.2 million, $7.8 million and $7.4 million.
Jul 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Trevor Ariza previously played for the Rockets before he was traded to the Pelicans.
Anthony Tolliver has also received interest from the Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Hornets among other teams, sources said.
Marvin Williams is solidly in line to reach a contract agreement after the top free agents sign.
The Wizards traded for Marcin Gortat before the start of the season following the injury to Emeka Okafor, surrendering their 2014 first round pick in the process.
The Lakers are expected to pursue Trevor Ariza, according to sources.
Martell Webster sustained the injury during a routine workout at the Wizardsí practice facility last week.
Randy Wittman is nearing a three-year contract extension with the Wizards, according to sources.
Any potential deal, however, could ultimately die if the Timberwolves ask for Bradley Beal.
John Wall said he "could barely see" in the third quarter of the Wizards' blowout loss on Friday.
Trevor Ariza was nearly dealt to the Clippers for Caron Butler in 2013.
Nene will miss Game 4 without pay.
Wizards security manager Jackie Miles and the Bulls had a similar confrontation back in January.
Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with Beckley Mason, Nate Duncan, Shams Charania and Arturo Galletti.
The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
John Wall leads the NBA in corner three-point assists with 109, followed by LeBron James with 89 and Goran Dragic with 66.
LeBron James and Chris Bosh will sit out of the Heat's game against the Wizards due to rest.
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