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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat

Oct 1, 2015 1:17 PM

Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Los Angeles Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“Regardless of how senseless it may (sound), in one breath I’m hearing that if Kevin Durant doesn’t stay in Oklahoma City, L.A. is his primary objective and landing spot as opposed to South Beach or even his home of Washington, D.C.,” Smith said.


Smith also said he's heard the New York Knicks could be in play for Durant.

“I heard Melo, Kevin Durant, Kobe,” Smith added. “And when you take into account that Phil Jackson is on the record saying it might be Kobe’s last year in L.A. — opening the door that there are possibilities for him to go elsewhere. All I’m saying is you just never know.”

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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John Wall Prepared To Help In Wizards' Pitch To Kevin Durant

Sep 28, 2015 11:50 AM

John Wall is prepared to help recruit Kevin Durant to the Washington Wizards.

If Durant seriously entertains leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Wizards are considered a frontrunner due to their young backcourt and because it is where he grew up.

"There's gonna be an opportunity to throw a pitch at him to try to get him to come back home," Wall told Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic.

Durant was on the sidelines of a football game between Washington and the New York Giants last week.

"But I know one thing of just knowing him he's going to be very focused on taking care of Oklahoma City this season, and I'm going to be focused on taking care of the Washington Wizards," Wall said. "But when the time is right and he can get away from all that, yeah, we'll probably have some conversation and throw a pitch."


Tags: John Wall, Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jaron Johnson Signs Non-Guaranteed Camp Deal With Wizards

Sep 24, 2015 2:24 PM

Jaron Johnson has agreed to a non-guaranteed camp deal with the Washington Wizards.

Johnson went undrafted in 2014 out of Louisiana Tech and played for the Houston Rockets in the Summer League.

Johnson averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 50 games with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League last season.

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Tags: Jaron Johnson, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Josh Harrellson Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards

Sep 15, 2015 3:24 PM

The Washington Wizards have agreed upon a non-guaranteed contract with Josh Harrellson.

Harrellson spent last season in China and Puerto Rico.

The Phoenix Suns had Harrellson on their Summer League roster.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Josh Harrellson, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Bradley Beal, Wizards Make No Progress On Extension Talks

Sep 11, 2015 8:33 PM

Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards continue to not make much progress on an extension.

Beal wants a max extension but any deal that starts at more than his cap hold would compromise the Wizards' cap space.

The Wizards continue to think of themselves as suitors for Kevin Durant.

Beal would become a restricted free agent if a deal is not reached.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post (via Dan Feldman)

Tags: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ish Smith, Toure' Murry Sign Camp Deals With Wizards

Sep 8, 2015 1:27 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Ish Smith and Toure' Murry to non-guaranteed contracts with training camp invites.

Neither player is expected to make the Wizards' final roster as they are already at the 15-man limit.

Smith finished last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, while Murry signed two 10-day deals last season with the Wizards.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Toure' Murry, Ish Smith, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Expect Tomas Satoransky To Join Team In 16-17

Sep 1, 2015 2:02 PM

Tomas Satoransky is expected to join the Washington Wizards next season.

Wizards' officials met with Satoransky, 23, this summer when his native Czech Republic played against Marcin Gortat’s Polish national team in preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket tournament.

Satoransky was the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft and is entering the final season of his contract with Barcelona. Satoransky averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 assists in 20.3 minutes last season. He shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.9 percent from the free throw line.

Satoransky figures to be John Wall's primary backup at point guard.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Tomas Satoransky, Washington Wizards, Euroleague, Spanish ACB, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League

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Toure' Murry Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards

Aug 28, 2015 11:21 PM

Toure' Murry has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards on a non-guaranteed deal for training camp.

Murry spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract.

bad ankle sprain derailed Murry's second 10-day contract with Washington. 

The Wizards already have all 15 roster spots taken with guaranteed contracts.

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Tags: Toure' Murry, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Kings, Wizards, Clippers

Aug 27, 2015 11:53 AM

Ryan Hollins is drawing interest from the Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Hollins has most recently played for the Kings and Clippers.

Hollins turns 31 in October and was a second round pick in 2006 out of UCLA.

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Tags: Ryan Hollins, Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Otto Porter Prepared To Play Stretch-4 For Wizards

Aug 26, 2015 1:38 PM

The Washington Wizards played their best basketball when they went small in the playoffs with Paul Pierce at power forward.

Otto Porter emerged in the playoffs and would like to play some stretch four this season.

“Definitely, because that’s who the NBA is transitioning, you know, to smaller lineups," said Porter when asked about playing the 4. "So being able to stretch out as a four is going to be key, and that is something with our coaching we might end up doing. It’s definitely something I’ll be comfortable with.”

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Tags: Otto Porter, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Will Bynum Agrees To Sign With Guangdong Tigers
Will Bynum finished last season with the Wizards after the CBA season concluded.

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Jaleel Roberts To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards
Jaleel Roberts has agreed to sign with the Wizards on a non-guaranteed deal, a league source tells RealGM.

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Jared Dudley Undergoes Surgery To Repair Herniated Disc
Jared Dudley will begin the rehab process immediately and is expected to return in approximately three to four months.

RealGM Staff Report

Drew Gooden, Wizards Agree Upon One-Year, $3.3M Deal
Drew Gooden has become a key rotation big for the Wizards over the past few seasons.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Alan Anderson Agrees To One-Year, $4M Deal With Wizards
Alan Anderson will receive part of Washington's mid-level exception that they were hoping David West would take.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

David West Took $4M Less Wizards' Offer, $2M Less Than Warriors
David West sacrificed $11 million in declining his option with the Pacers to sign with the Spurs.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Wizards, Gary Neal Agree Upon One-Year, $2.1M Deal
The Wizards used its bi-annual exception upon Gary Neal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Exploring Trade Of Nene
Washington would like to trade Nene into another team's cap space to create room to sign David West.

Marc Stein/ESPN

David West Most Likely To Sign With Spurs Or Wizards
David West opted out of his contract with the Pacers in search of a title contender.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Wizards Agree To Trade With Bucks For Jared Dudley
Jared Dudley will help the Wizards replace Paul Pierce.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Paul Pierce Agrees To Sign Three-Year $10M Deal With Clippers
Paul Pierce rejoins Doc Rivers with the Clippers.

Dan Woike/Orange County Register

Mike Dunleavy Agrees Upon Three-Year, $14.4M Deal With Bulls
Mike Dunleavy also drew interest from the Cavaliers and Wizards.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Williams To Receive Interest From Kings, Wizards, Rockets, Lakers, Heat, Suns, Knicks
Derrick Williams has been with the Kings since 2013 when he was traded by the Wolves.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Paul Pierce Opts Out Of $5.5M Deal For Next Season
Paul Pierce opted out of his player option with the Wizards on Saturday.

The Players' Tribune

Paul Pierce Set To Play Next Season; Likely To Decide Between Wizards, Clippers
Paul Pierce will likely decide between the Wizards and Clippers for his 18th season.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Wizards Strongly Considered Drafting Klay Thompson Instead Of Vesely
Klay Thompson blew Flip Saunders away at a pre-draft camp, but Vesely was considered a safer pick and was ranked higher on most boards.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Nuggets Discuss Head Coaching Job With Wizards Assistant Don Newman
The Nuggets received permission to interview Don Newman and discussed the franchise's vacant head coaching job, league sources told RealGM.

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Wizards Hope To Have New Practice Facility Location By End Of Offseason
A new facility could potentially host the Wizards' D-League team in the future.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Paul Pierce Could Opt Out Of Wizards' Deal, Sign With Clippers
Paul Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Wizards Committed To Max For Bradley Beal, Would Prefer To Wait Until 2016
Bradley Beal becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason with the Wizards, but doing so would compromise their cap space for 2016.

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