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Wizards Hope To Have New Practice Facility Location By End Of Offseason

May 27, 2015 7:07 AM

The Washington Wizards hope to have a new standalone practice facility location by the end of the offseason.

“I’m hoping by the end of the offseason to make an announcement that says this is the place that we’re  going to build it and how long it will take,” Ted Leonsis said.

A new facility could potentially host the Wizards' D-League team in the future.

“First priority for us is to get a Wizards practice facility,” Leonsis said. “So I’m still working that one hard and then if we can find a good place and build that, that would be a good place for the D-League team to play. So that’s the steps we’re taking.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Misc Rumor

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Paul Pierce Could Opt Out Of Wizards' Deal, Sign With Clippers

May 25, 2015 1:46 PM

Paul Pierce can opt out of his contract with the Washington Wizards this offseason.

Many around the league expect Pierce to opt out and finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown.

Pierce was pursued by the Clippers last offseason.

The Wizards thrived with Pierce as a small ball power forward.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Committed To Max For Bradley Beal, Would Prefer To Wait Until 2016

May 20, 2015 6:36 PM

Bradley Beal becomes eligible for a contract extension this offseason with the Washington Wizards, but doing so would compromise their cap space for 2016.

The Wizards intend to pursue Kevin Durant next offseason if they have sufficient cap space.

The Wizards are committed to giving Beal a max contract eventually, but hope to time it in a way that is similar to what the San Antonio Spurs did last offseason with Kawhi Leonard.

Beal would become a restricted free agent in 2016 and could become unrestricted in 2017 if he were to play for the qualifying offer of $7.5 million.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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

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Marcin Gortat Admits Personal Issues Impacted His Play

May 19, 2015 2:04 PM

Marcin Gortat addressed the personal issues that began to plague him sometime after the All-Star break.

“I would say in the eight years of my career, the eighth year was pretty much the toughest one from a personal standpoint,” said Gortat, who completed the first of a five-year, $60 million contract. “I had some issues during the season and that definitely didn’t help me to focus on basketball. That part is on me, definitely on me. I can’t blame anybody for that. I’m not going to talk about those issues. That’s why we call this personal business.”

Gortat struggled in the second half of the season, but was highly productive in the playoffs.

“As much as I love Nene, and I think Nene understands this too, I would love to play with a stretch-four, with a guy who shoots the ball from the three-point line,” Gortat said. “Because that automatically gives me room under the basket to operate and gives me more opportunity to play pick-and-rolls and roll to the paint where the paint is open.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Tags: Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Garrett Temple Expects To Opt In For 15-16 Season

May 18, 2015 1:42 PM

Garrett Temple said he expects to opt into his minimum salary player option for next season.

Temple averaged 3.9 points in 52 games this season.

J. Michael/Comcast SportsNet

Tags: Garrett Temple, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)

May 16, 2015 4:21 PM

All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5/Game 6)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4 / 118.7

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8 / 92.2

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7 / 100.8

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6 / 97.5

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2 / 118.3 

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1 / 104.0

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4 / 115.2

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6  / 103.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 110.5 / 104.2

Bulls: 104.2 / 110.5

Hawks: 103.3 / 100.3

Wizards: 100.3 / 103.3

Warriors: 106.6 / 97.8

Grizzlies: 97.8 / 106.6

Rockets: 105.8 / 111.5

Clippers: 111.5 / 105.8

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Kevin Seraphin Prepared To Leave Wizards For Bigger Role

May 16, 2015 4:14 PM

Kevin Seraphin is prepared to leave the Washington Wizards this offseason in free agency in order to receive a larger opportunity.

Seraphin, who signed a one-year qualifying offer last summer for $3.9 million to remain with Washington, is eager to receive more minutes.

"I definitely want a chance to be a starter," Seraphin, who matched his career high with 79 regular-season appearances but didn't start a game for the 46-win Wizards, told CSNwashington.com. "I definitely want to be somewhere I have a chance to be a starter."

Seraphin is caught playing behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.

J. Michael/Comcast

Tags: Kevin Seraphin, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Paul Pierce Unsure On Return For 15-16

May 16, 2015 12:00 AM

Paul Pierce said he is unsure at the moment about whether he will return for next season.

"A lot has to do with my family, talking to my wife, kids, my mother," Pierce said.

The Washington Wizards were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday.

Pierce has a player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)

May 14, 2015 1:39 AM

All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 109.4 / 106.7

Bulls: 106.7 / 109.4

Hawks: 103.9 / 101.0

Wizards: 101.0 / 103.9

Warriors: 104.9 / 97.0

Grizzlies: 97.0 / 104.9

Rockets: 104.0 / 113.1

Clippers: 113.1 / 104.0

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Paul Pierce Yelled 'Series' At Hawks' Bench After Go-Ahead Shot

May 13, 2015 11:51 PM

When Paul Pierce hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the closing seconds of Game 5 (Vine), he reportedly looked at the Atlanta Hawks' bench and said "Series."

The Hawks won the game on the next play when Al Horford had a put back at the buzzer (Vine).

"I was just put in that position and I just made a play. I’m just excited that were a 3-2 now," said Horford.

Pierce hit a game-winner in Game 3 for the Washington Wizards and said that he called "game" instead of "bank" on the attempt when he used glass.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

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Wittman: John Wall's Injury 'Headed In Right Direction'
John Wall still hasn't dribbled a basketball because the swelling in his left hand has not subsided.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

John Wall Out For Game 3
John Wall's status for the remainder of the Wizards' series against the Hawks remains uncertain.

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Randy Wittman Denies Report Of John Wall Clashing With Wizards' Medical Staff
With swelling to his hand, an accurate diagnosis to John Wall's injury had been difficult.

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John Wall Diagnosed With Five Non-Displaced Fractures In Left Wrist, Hand
John Wall's playing status has yet to be determined.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
All four Conference Semifinals series are tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

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John Wall Out For Game 2 With Wrist Injury
John Wall injured his wrist in Game 1.

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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Paul Pierce Believes Deron Williams Didn't Want MVP Pressure, Nets' Vets Lacked Drive
Paul Pierce believes the Nets' veterans lacked the drive to elevate the team with he and Kevin Garnett as older players.

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Will Bynum Signs With Wizards For Remainder Of Season
Will Bynum has appeared in three games with Washington this season after originally signing a 10-day contract with the team on March 27.

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Toure' Murry Waived By Wizards
Toure' Murry appeared in three games for the Wizards and averaged 1.5 points in 4.3 minutes per game.

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Wizards Sign Will Bynum To 10-Day Contract
Will Bynum appeared in 30 games this season for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the CBA where he averaged 22.3 points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds while shooting .564 from the field.

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Speights: We Knew Wizards Would Argue, Quit If We Turned Up Defense
Marreese Speights said he knew the Wizards would falter in Monday's game if the Warriors elevated their defense.

Ben Standig/CSN Washington

Toure' Murry Signs Second 10-Day Contract With Wizards
Toure' Murry was initially signed to give the Wizards depth in the backcourt.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 2nd 10-Day Contract
The Wizards plan on keeping Toure' Murry and league sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania that the team is also monitoring Will Bynum.

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John Wall Sprains Right Ankle
John Wall suffered the injury contesting a fast-break alley-oop with just over seven minutes remaining.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Kevin Seraphin Fined $15K By NBA For Flagrant 2 Foul On Jon Leuer
Kevin Seraphin has been fined $15,000 for his flagrant 2 foul on Jon Leuer.

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Wizards Plan On Signing Toure' Murry To 10-Day Contract
Toure' Murry signed with the Utah Jazz in the offseason and was waived in January.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade
The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Timberwolves.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Andre Miller Traded By Wizards To Kings For Ramon Sessions
Andre Miller reunites with George Karl, who was hired by the Kings over the All-Star break.

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