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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant

Jun 25, 2016 11:13 AM

Represenatives of Kevin Durant at Roc Nation are working to solidify invitations with the Boston Celtics, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

The Thunder remain the frontrunners to re-sign Durant on a one-plus-one contract, according to sources.

But sources say the Warriors, more than than any other rival team, have Durant's attention.

The Denver Nuggets, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards could still capture meetings with Durant but are currently outside the process.

Durant will leave for a publicity tour in the Far East on July 9th and a decision is expected before he departs.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

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Wizards Preparing Max Offer To Joakim Noah

Jun 24, 2016 1:45 PM

The Washington Wizards are prepared to make a major offer to Joakim Noah in free agency.

Washington will offer Noah a full maximum contract, according to the report.

Noah is coming off shoulder surgery that ended his season in January.

Noah is expected to leave the Chicago Bulls this offseason and they traded for Robin Lopez previously this week. A source said Noah has no intentions of re-signing with the Bulls and is ready to move on this offseason.

The New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves and Milwaukee Bucks are also preparing major offers to Noah.

“If teams are convinced Noah is healthy, he will get a max deal, and Washington is panicking because Nene is done and they didn’t make the playoffs last season,’’ said one GM. “They’ll overpay for Noah — they always do.’’

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Tags: Joakim Noah, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Wizards Targeting Tony Brown, Chad Iske, Sidney Lowe As Assistants

Jun 15, 2016 9:08 PM

Scott Brooks is targeting Tony Brown, Chad Iske and Sidney Lowe for his bench with the Washington Wizards.

Brooks was hired this offseason by the Wizards after one season out of the game following his dismissal by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Wizards fired Randy Wittman at the end of the season.

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John Wall Giving Kevin Durant Space Ahead Of Free Agency

Jun 4, 2016 2:33 PM

The Washington Wizards have been planning to pursue Kevin Durant for several seasons but they missed out on the playoffs and took a step backwards in 15-16.

The Wizards had been considered a potential destination for Durant as his hometown and with their core of Wall and Bradley Beal.

Wall and Durant have formed a good friendship over the years and he's been outspoken about wanting to play with him.

"If he comes, he comes, if not, got to make other plans," Wall said. "But that’s something I haven’t talked to him about. I’m not willing to right now. He just came off a tough series. I’m trying to give him a couple of weeks, a month off, to think about what he wants to do."

The Wizards also hired Scott Brooks as head coach, who worked with Durant for several seasons with the Thunder.

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Wizards To Offer Max Five-Year Contract To Bradley Beal

May 27, 2016 11:35 AM

The Washington Wizards are expected to offer Bradley Beal a five-year deal for the maximum amount when free agency begins on July 1st.

Based on the $92 million salary cap projection teams are working with, a max contract would pay Beal around $22 million next season because he could just under 25 percent of the cap amount as a four-year veteran.

Beal earned $5.6 million last season and will have a cap hold of $14.2 million. While the Wizards hope to quickly come to an agreement with Beal, they plan on waiting to sign the deal until they pursue free agents using his cap hold as a lower cap figure.

Beal has been injury prone in his career but productive when healthy.

Beal was the third overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft out of Florida.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Markieff Morris Detained At Airport, Bag Had 'Suspected Marijuana'

May 26, 2016 10:14 PM

Markieff Morris was detained at the Philadelphia International Airport.

Morris checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” 

Morris' traveling party included his mother.

The Washington Wizards acquired Morris at the trade deadline from the Phoenix Suns.

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Bradley Beal 'Looking For' Max Contract In Free Agency

May 23, 2016 8:32 PM

Bradley Beal will seek a maximum contract from the Washington Wizards as widely expected.

Beal is a restricted free agent at the age of 22, which means he could sign a four-year deal with a rival team.

“I want to be valued the right way,” Beal said. “I feel like I’m a max player and that’s what I’m looking for. If Washington can’t meet that requirement then I may be thinking elsewhere. I’m pretty sure that they probably won’t [let me go]. At the end of the day, that’s where I want to be. I think a deal will probably get done but you just never know.”

As a four-year veteran, Beal could earn up to 25 percent of the cap. If the cap is $92 million then a max deal would pay him $23 million next season.

The Wizards didn't offer Beal a max contract extension in October.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd

May 17, 2016 8:22 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have won the NBA Draft Lottery while the Los Angeles Lakers get to keep their pick at No. 2 and the Boston Celtics will draft third.

For the second straight season, the team with the worst record in the NBA won the lottery after the Wolves won it in 2015. The NBA had 10 straight seasons of a team moving up before Minnesota.

1. Philadelphia 76ers

2. Los Angeles Lakers

3. Boston Celtics (from Brooklyn)

4. Phoenix Suns

5. Minnesota Timberwolves 

6. New Orleans Pelicans 

7. Denver Nuggets (swap with Knicks)

8. Sacramento Kings 

9. Toronto Raptors (from Knicks via Denver swap)

10. Milwaukee Bucks

11. Orlando Magic 

12. Utah Jazz

13. Phoenix Suns (from Washington)

14. Chicago Bulls

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John Wall Undergoes Surgery On Left Patella Tendon

May 5, 2016 11:23 AM

John Wall has undergone surgery to excise calcific deposits in his left patella tendon. The surgery will help eliminate pain and assist healing.

Wall will immediately begin rehab and is expected to be ready for the start of the 16-17 season.

The Washington Wizards missed the 2016 NBA Playoffs.

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Jared Dudley Would Like To Re-Sign With Wizards But Wants Three-Year Deal

Apr 22, 2016 1:53 PM

Jared Dudley would like to re-sign with the Washington Wizards this offseason but he's seeking a three-year deal.

Dudley exercised his $4.25 million player option last offseason knowing back surgery was likely. Dudley figures to get a raise with the cap increasing.

“I thought I held my end of the bargain when it came to Ernie [Grunfeld] trading for me even though I was hurt at the time,” Dudley said after the Wizards’ season finale. “Going forward, I could definitely see me coming back. As I told some other reporters, I’m never anybody’s first or second or third option, I’m your fourth option. So if you don’t get your girlfriend you want right away, I’m the one at the end. For me, it’s no problem. You know what I can do in this system. When I play, I play the right way.”

Dudley played both forward positions for the Wizards.

“For me, the two things I wanted to basically show this year, for one, I wanted to show that I was healthy and show I could play the four,” Dudley said. “I thought I did that for 80 percent of the season.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Kevin Durant Not Keen On Playing In Washington
Kevin Durant's lone visit to Washington this season was stressful, according to sources.

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Scott Brooks Agrees To Five-Year, $35M Deal With Wizards
Scott Brooks replaces Randy Wittman as head coach of the Wizards.

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Wizards Trying To Close Deal With Scott Brooks
Scott Brooks has been the Wizards' top coaching candidate this offseason since firing Randy Wittman.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Wizards Make Scott Brooks Top Priority
The Wizards have made Scott Brooks their top priority as they look for a replacement for Randy Wittman.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kevin Durant Endorses Scott Brooks To Get Another Chance In NBA
Scott Brooks was fired last season by the Thunder and he's now a candidate for the Wizards, Wolves and Kings.

Erik Horne/Oklahoman

Randy Wittman Fired By Wizards
Randy Wittman led the Wizards to the second round of last year's playoffs but were in the lottery this season.

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Randy Wittman Expected To Be Fired By Wizards
The Wizards reached the second round last year and missed the playoffs altogether this year.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via James Herbert/CBS Sports)

76ers Expected To Hire Marc Eversley Of Wizards
Marc Eversley previously worked with Bryan Colangelo in the Raptors' front office.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Ernie Grunfeld Under Contract With Wizards For Next Season
Washington took a step backwards this season and will not make the playoffs.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Wizards Waive Gary Neal, Sign Marcus Thornton
Gary Neal has been dealing with a leg injury and Marcus Thornton gives the Wizards backcourt depth.

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Tomas Satoransky Signs Four-Year Extension With Barcelona
Tomas Satoransky was drafted by the Wizards with the 32nd overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Wizards Sign J.J. Hickson
J.J. Hickson appeared in 20 games (nine starts), with Denver this season, averaging 6.9 points and 4.4 rebounds before being waived on February 19.

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Wizards In Advanced Talks With J.J. Hickson
J.J. Hickson was released by the Nuggets after the deadline.

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Hornacek Was Proponent Of Wizards Trading For Markieff Morris
The Wizards talked to Jeff Hornacek about Markieff Morris as part of their due diligence.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Wizards Trade First Rounder To Suns For Markieff Morris
The Wizards have acquired Markieff Morris from the Suns.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Shams Charania/The Vertical

Bradley Beal Day-To-Day With Broken Nose, Concussion
Bradley Beal is listed as day-to-day after suffering a broken nose and a concussion.

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John Wall Denies Leaving Relativity Due To Stalled Shoe Contract Talks
John Wall reportedly wants a major shoe deal similar to James Harden's 13-year, $200 million deal with Adidas.

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John Wall, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week
John Wall led the Wizards to a 3-1 week behind averages of 25.0 points, a conference-leading 9.8 assists, 6.0 rebounds and a conference-leading 3.0 steals.

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John Wall Leaves Dan Fegan For Klutch Sports
Rich Paul adds John Wall to LeBron James, Tristan Thompson and Eric Bledsoe, amongst other players.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, John Wall Named NBA Players Of Month
John Wall was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month, while Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook shared the honor in the Western Conference

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