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Dunc'd On Pod: Washington Wizards Preview With Mike Prada

Oct 9, 2015 5:20 PM

SB Nation Senior Writer and Editor and DC native Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to preview the Washington Wizards.  

Topics include: Whether Otto Porter can be counted on as a starter; how well the Playoff Randy Wittman style will translate to the regular season; whether John Wall and Bradley Beal can take the next step; and how good this team needs to be to entice Kevin Durant to DC next summer.

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Kris Humphries Adapting To Become Stretch-4

Oct 8, 2015 3:51 PM

Kris Humphries is adjusting to a new part of his career as a stretch-4.

Humphries has been a midrange jumper specialist to a three-point shooter.

“I got to be in better shape, to take what I showed I do last year and then add the three-ball to it,” said Humphries, who was in the starting lineup Tuesday. “You’re further out, so as far as offensive rebounding, that’s a run in and a run out. And then you’re running back and then you got to set your feet and have your breath together and shoot it. It’s different. I’m still getting used to it.”

Humphries went 2-for-26 from three-point range over his first 11 NBA seasons.

“I haven’t really worked on shooting threes, like really worked on it, ever,” Humphries, 30, said. “Other than maybe college and stuff but that’s a close three. Now I’ve got to adapt to what we’re trying to do and get in better shape.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton Dispute Was Over $1,100

Oct 7, 2015 3:28 PM

Caron Butler writes an account in his new book about the gun incident involving Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton in December of 2009.

Arenas lost $1,100 to Crittenton in a card game on a flight back to Washington, but tried to get out of paying him. Arenas had an $111 million contract at the time.

“I ain’t putting [expletive] back,” Arenas said to Crittenton. “Get it the way Tyson got the title. Might or fight or whatever you got to do to get your money back. Otherwise, you ain’t gettin’ it.”

Arenas and Crittenton continued to argue even after the flight landed.

“I’ll see your [expletive] at practice and you know what I do,” Arenas said.

“What the [expletive] you mean, you know what I do?” replied Crittenton.

“I play with guns.”

“Well I play with guns, too.”

Before practice the next day, Arenas confronted Crittenton.

“Hey, MF, come pick one,” Arenas told Crittenton while pointing to the weapons on the chair of his locker. “I’m going to shoot your [expletive] with one of these.”

“Oh no, you don’t need to shoot me with one of those,” said Crittenton, turning around slowly like a gunslinger in the Old West. “I’ve got one right here.”

Butler was able to get Crittenton to stop pointing the gun at Arenas and diffuse the situation.

Arenas' suspension cost him $7.5 million in salary.

Dan Steinberg/Washington Post

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Bradley Beal Determined To Reduce Long Two-Point Shots

Oct 6, 2015 12:12 PM

Bradley Beal is determined to reduce the number of long two-point shots he attempts.

“The biggest thing, man, like I’ve been preaching all summer, is just not shooting those long twos,” Beal said Monday, later adding another objective is to be named first-team all-defense. “It’s going to be kind of hard not shooting an open shot that you have and Witt’s screaming in our ear ‘Shoot the ball,’ but at the same time that’s something I want to eliminate as much as possible and it’s going to be in my mind. Hopefully I won’t be shooting and be like, ‘Dang, I shot a long two,’ and that’s constantly on my mind.”

Beal decided to cut back his long two-pointers after evaluating film and statistics last season. Beal worked this offseason on finishing around the basket and creating his own shot beyond the three-point line, including a step-back.

“It’s just a matter of me knocking them down with confidence,” Beal said.


Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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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.”

Stephen A. Smith/ESPN (via Larry Brown Sports)

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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."


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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.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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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

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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)

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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

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Wizards Expect Tomas Satoransky To Join Team In 16-17
Tomas Satoransky figures to be John Wall's primary backup at point guard.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Toure' Murry Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards
Toure' Murry spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract.

J. Michael/Comcast

Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Kings, Wizards, Clippers
Ryan Hollins has most recently played for the Kings and Clippers.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Otto Porter Prepared To Play Stretch-4 For Wizards
Otto Porter emerged in the playoffs and would like to play some stretch four this season.

Kurt Helin/ProBasketballTalk

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

David Pick/Sportando

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.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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.

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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

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