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Wizards Could Deal First Rounder For Veteran Depth Piece

Feb 19, 2017 2:15 PM

The Washington Wizards have "shown an inclination" to trade a first round pick to acquire a veteran player that could even be a rental for their playoff push. The Wizards could even trade a pick in this year's deep draft.

Washington's front office has acknowledged they have a top-heavy roster and need depth. After a slow start to the season under Scott Brooks, the Wizards have surged in the new year.

Last February, the Wizards traded a first round pick to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris.

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Scott Brooks, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month For January

Feb 1, 2017 3:39 PM

Scott Brooks and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for January.

The Golden State Warriors and Washington Wizards had the best records in January at 12-2 and 12-4 respectively.

Washington was a perfect 7-0 at home during the month and posted the most overall wins in the Eastern Conference. 

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John Wall Voted Into All-Star Game As Reserve

Jan 26, 2017 1:40 PM

John Wall has been voted by the coaches to be an Eastern Conference All-Star reserve.

Wall will make his fourth appearance in the All-Star Game.

Wall is averaging 23.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 10.1 assists, which ranks third in the league. 

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Wizards To Wear All Black To Game Against Celtics

Jan 24, 2017 11:29 AM

The Washington Wizards will wear all black to Tuesday's home game against the Boston Celtics.

Recent games between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

Jae Crowder and Wizards guard John Wall were both fined after the two engaged in an after-the-buzzer dustup during the teams' most recent contest.

"We're wearing all black to the game. You know where we're going with that," Kelly Oubre Jr. told reporters.

Reporters also asked Wall about the dress code, and he responded, "All black everything. A funeral."

Crowder said he is not interested in engaging in extracurricular activity.

"I lost $25,000, so you won't see too much out of me," Crowder said. "For real."

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John Wall Healthy Enough To Be 'The Player I Always Wanted To Be'

Jan 18, 2017 2:23 PM

John Wall has played through pain and injuries but he also realized he needed surgeries on both knees this past offseason.

“I wanted to get back to being healthy,” Wall said. “In my first six years I was never healthy. I battled through so much just to prove I could play. For me to have a decent six years was great. But now I’m back to where I can be myself and be the player I always wanted to be.”

Wall is playing the best basketball of his career at least on the offensive end of the floor. Wall averages a career-high in points (22.9 per game), shooting percentage (46.4%), foul shooting percentage (82.1%), steals (2.2 per game) and his assists (10.1 per game and third-best in the NBA) are just below his career-high.

Wall was asked if this is the healthiest he has been so far in his career. 

“By far,” he said. “Not even close.”

“I’ve only been around him for a few months now but it seems to me the game is slowing down for him and for a lot of players, there’s a moment that happens,” Scott Brooks said. “That’s happening in the last month – that he’s not rushing to make a great play. He’s letting his play become great with his patience.

“He’s a special player. I told him, ‘Let the game come to you, and you’re going to make a lot of special plays throughout the game.’ "

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation

Jan 14, 2017 9:46 PM

John Wall and Jae Crowder were each fined for their confrontation following the Boston Celtics' win over the Washington Wizards.

Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while Wall was fined $15,000.

The penalties were announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation

Jan 12, 2017 12:20 PM

John Wall and Jae Crowder had to be separated on Wednesday after the Boston Celtics' 117-108 win over the Washington Wizards.

Crowder could be seen putting his finger in Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap before teammates and staffers rushed in to prevent a further escalation. Wall appeared to take another swipe at Crowder.

Five Boston police officers stood guard between the two locker rooms after the game.

"Just some altercation. We knew there was going to be some trash-talking," Wall said. "We knew it was going to be a physical game. That's all it was: Just a little trash-talking and a physical game."

Crowder didn't care to discuss what flared the incident.

"I don't know what you're talking about. I ain't got no comment about that," he said. "You want to talk about the game? Anyone want to talk about the game?"

Chris Forsberg/ESPN

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James Harden, John Wall Named Players Of The Month For December

Jan 3, 2017 3:10 PM

James Harden and John Wall have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

Harden averaged 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 12 assists as Rockets went 15-2.

Wall led the Eastern Conference in assists per game at 10.7 (second in the NBA during December) while averaging 24.5 points (fifth in the East and 10th in the NBA), 4.4 rebounds and an NBA-best 2.67 steals per game. He is currently the only player in the NBA this season to average at least 23.0 points, 10.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals and is one of only three guards in the league to average a point-assist double-double.

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John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Jan 2, 2017 5:47 PM

John Wall and James Harden have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 26 through Sunday, Jan. 1.

Wall led the Wizards to a 3-0 week, with all three victories coming at home, where Washington has won eight consecutive games. He averaged 24.3 points (eighth in the East), an NBA-leading 13.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.67 steals (second in the East) for the week. After opening the week with 18 points and a season-high 16 assists in a 107-102 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Dec. 26, Wall recorded 36 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 111-105 victory against the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 28.

Harden lifted the Rockets to a 4-0 week by leading the NBA in scoring (37.3 ppg), ranking second in the league in assists (12.5 apg) and finishing tied for eighth in the West in rebounding (9.8 rpg). In addition to shooting 56.0 percent from the field, 45.9 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent from the free throw line, Harden scored 30 or more points and handed out at least 10 assists in all four games.

The 27-year-old Houston guard closed the week with back-to-back triple-doubles, including a historic performance in a 129-122 victory against the New York Knicks on Dec. 31, when Harden scored a career-high 53 points, equaled a career best with 17 assists and grabbed a Rockets-season-high 16 rebounds. Harden became the first player in NBA history to have at least 50 points, 15 assists and 15 rebounds in a game, and he tied Wilt Chamberlain (1968) for the most points in a triple-double.

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Ian Mahinmi Out Six Weeks With PRP Treatment

Dec 20, 2016 6:23 PM

Ian Mahinmi will undergo PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment on both knees following consultation with Dr. James Andrews and Wizards Head Team Physician Wiemi Douoguih.

Mahinmi is expected to miss approximately six weeks.

Mahinmi underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee on Oct. 14. During the rehabilitation process, he aggravated patellar tendinitis in his right knee and sustained a bone bruise to his left knee. The PRP treatment will be administered at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Pensacola, FL.

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John Wall Would Like Extension But Hasn't Qualified For Rule Of New CBA
Under the NBA's new CBA, teams can sign designed players to contract extensions at 35 percent of the cap but John Wall hasn't qualified for the criteria.

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Otto Porter Expected To Receive Max Contract Offers In Free Agency
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.

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DeMarcus Cousins Hopes John Wall Will 'One Day Be In A Sacramento Uniform'
DeMarcus Cousins was asked if he and John Wall ever discuss the situations they presently find themselves in where they're playing for teams not presently considered contenders.

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Bradley Beal Fined $15,000 For Grabbing Evan Fournier's Throat
The incident occurred during a fourth-quarter scuffle that resulted in double technical fouls being called on Bradley Beal and Evan Fournier.

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Ian Mahinmi Returns To Practice, Expected To Play By End Of Month
Ian Mahinmi underwent surgery to repair a partially torn medial meniscus on Oct. 14.

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

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John Wall Ejected For 2nd Straight Game
John Wall committed a flagrant-2 foul with five minutes remaining in the Wizards' 118-93 blowout win over the Celtics.

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Wizards Plan To Sign Otto Porter In Offseason
Otto Porter will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

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RealGM Radio: Southeast Division With Mike Prada, Adi Joseph
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Adi Joseph of the Sporting News break down the NBA's Southeast Division.

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Sheldon McClellan, Danuel House Make 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
Ian Mahinmi has suffered a partially torn medial meniscus in his left knee and has undergone surgery.

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

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

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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