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Wizards Finalizing Contract With Xavier Silas

Free agent guard Xavier Silas is finalizing a contract with the Washington Wizards, league sources told RealGM.

Silas was a final release out of the Wizards’ training camp a year ago, but he grew close to several players and continued to work out in the team’s practice facility this summer. The Wizards will give him another opportunity to earn a regular season roster spot.

Silas, a 6-foot-5 two-guard, averaged 19.4 minutes, 5.5 points and two rebounds in two regular season games with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2011-12.

Silas, 26, went undrafted in 2011 after four seasons at Northern Illinois.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Wizards To Hire Howard Eisley As Assistant Coach

The Washington Wizards will hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach.

Eisley has worked in the Los Angeles Clippers' organization since 2010.

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Wizards Interested In Ray Allen

The Washington Wizards are interested in signing Ray Allen.

The Wizards would prefer to keep their 15th roster spot open, but would use it to sign Allen.

Allen remains undecided if he will return for a 19th NBA season.

The Wizards are a longshot to sign Allen, but they offer an opportunity for him to again play with Paul Pierce.

Via J. Michael/Comcast

Al Harrington Signs One-Year Deal With Fujian Sturgeons

Al Harrington has signed a one-year contract with the Fujian Sturgeons in China.

An announcement on the deal will come on Monday.

Harrington hopes to join the Washington Wizards as an assistant coach following his stint in China. He played with the Wizards last season.

Via Jared Zwerling/Bleacher Report

Wizards Name Roy Rogers Assistant Coach

The Washington Wizards have named Roy Rogers as an assistant on the staff of Head Coach Randy Wittman.

Rogers comes to Washington after spending the 2013-14 season with the Brooklyn Nets. He began his NBA coaching career with the Nets, serving as an assistant coach from 2008-2010. He then served as an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics as part of Doc Rivers’ staff in 2010-11 before joining the Detroit Pistons for two seasons (2011-2013) under head coach Lawrence Frank.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Sam Cassell Leaving Wizards To Join Clippers' Coaching Staff

Sam Cassell will leave the Washington Wizards to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers.

Cassell became an assistant with the Wizards in 2009.

A reunion with Rivers has been rumored for several weeks, with the Clippers losing assistants Tyronn Lue (to Cleveland) and Alvin Gentry (to Golden State) this offseason.

Cassell will receive a significant pay raise though it will be a lateral move.

Cassell played for the Clippers during his playing career.

 

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Wizards Waive Melvin Ely

The Washington Wizards have waived Melvin Ely.

Ely was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason to help facilitate the Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets deal.

Ely spent most of the 13-14 season in the D-League before signing with the Pelicans in April to finish the campaign on a non-guaranteed contract.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Durant Will Do What's Best For Him As 2016 Free Agent

Kevin Durant spoke extensively on Tuesday about his 2016 free agency for the first time.

Durant made it clear that he will put himself first when choosing his future.

“I’m going to do what’s best for me,” Durant told reporters in Las Vegas. “It’s hard to talk about that right now when I’ve got two years left in Oklahoma City. I’m just going to focus on that. I’m not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does.”

Durant is focused on the present, yet refused to rule out anything in the future.

Durant has been linked to the Washington Wizards in 2016.

“Look, we going to put it out on tape. It’s been talked about,” Durant said when asked about signing with his hometown Wizards. “Everybody’s asked me about it every time I go on Instagram or Twitter. All my friends ask me about it. So I’m not going to sit here and act like I’m naïve to the fact that people think about that stuff. But I just tell everybody that I’m here in Oklahoma City. I love it here. Who knows what will happen. I never close the door on anything. But I like where I’m at right now. So I can’t answer that question.”

Durant signed a full five-year extension in 2010 rather than insisting on a player option that would have allowed him to become a free agent earlier in his career.

“To be honest, I just didn’t know. I was 21. I didn’t know,” Durant said. “Obviously, when you sign a deal you want to have the best options for yourself, the best flexibility for yourself. But I loved Oklahoma City so much I just wanted to dedicate and show them that I’m all about the team."

Via Darnell Mayberry/Oklahoman

DeJuan Blair Agrees Upon Three-Year, $6M Deal With Wizards

DeJuan Blair has agreed upon a three-year, $6 million deal with the Washington Wizards.

The third season on Blair's deal will be a team option.

Blair spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Hire David Adkins Who Coached Durant In High School

The Washington Wizards recently hired David Adkins as a player development assistant. Adkns will fill the vacancy created by the departure of Ryan Saunders.

Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.

Adkins was a longtime high school boys' basketball assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian. Adkins has worked with Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo.

Stephen A. Smith said recently on the radio that he's heard that the Wizards are the only team Durant would consider leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join. Marc Stein also reports that the decision to hire Adkins is another sign that the Wizards may be preparing a run at Durant in 2016.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

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Stephen A Smith: Durant Would Only Consider Leaving For Wizards

Kevin Durant will be a free agent in 2016 and appears unlikely to leave the Thunder, but Stephen A. Smith believes the Washington Wizards would be the only team that is strongly considered.

Kris Humphries Agrees To Three-Year, $13M Deal With Wizards

Kris Humphries spent last season with the Celtics.

Trevor Booker Agrees To Two-Year, $10M Deal With Jazz

Trevor Booker has agreed upon a deal with the Jazz.

Cassell, Kidd's Departure Led To Pierce Signing With Wizards

The Wizards sent Sam Cassell to meet with Paul Pierce in Las Vegas.

Paul Pierce Agrees To Sign With Wizards On Two-Year, $11M Deal

The Wizards were on the market for a small forward following the departure of Trevor Ariza and have reached a deal with Paul Pierce.

Trevor Ariza Agrees To $32M Deal With Rockets

Trevor Ariza's contract contains declining salaries of $8.6 million, $8.2 million, $7.8 million and $7.4 million.

Rockets Appear Out On Luol Deng, Still Pursuing Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza previously played for the Rockets before he was traded to the Pelicans.

Clippers, Cavaliers Among Teams Interested In Anthony Tolliver

Anthony Tolliver has also received interest from the Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Hornets among other teams, sources said.

Marvin Williams Receiving Interest From Spurs, Heat, Wizards, Others

Marvin Williams is solidly in line to reach a contract agreement after the top free agents sign.

Marcin Gortat Re-Signs With Wizards On Five-Year, $60M Deal

The Wizards traded for Marcin Gortat before the start of the season following the injury to Emeka Okafor, surrendering their 2014 first round pick in the process.

Lakers, Rockets, Clippers Among Expected Suitors For Trevor Ariza

The Lakers are expected to pursue Trevor Ariza, according to sources.

Martell Webster To Miss 3-5 Months After Back Surgery

Martell Webster sustained the injury during a routine workout at the Wizards’ practice facility last week.

Randy Wittman Close To Three-Year Extension With Wizards

Randy Wittman is nearing a three-year contract extension with the Wizards, according to sources.

Wizards Considered 'Stealth Candidate' To Pursue Kevin Love

Any potential deal, however, could ultimately die if the Timberwolves ask for Bradley Beal.

John Wall Receives Treatment On Scratched Eye

John Wall said he "could barely see" in the third quarter of the Wizards' blowout loss on Friday.

Trevor Ariza Open To Re-Signing With Wizards

Trevor Ariza was nearly dealt to the Clippers for Caron Butler in 2013.

Nene Suspended By NBA For Game 4 Due To Headbutt, Neck Grab On Jimmy Butler

Nene will miss Game 4 without pay.

Noah, Wizards' Security Manager Exchange Heated Words After Shootaround

Wizards security manager Jackie Miles and the Bulls had a similar confrontation back in January.

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with Beckley Mason, Nate Duncan, Shams Charania and Arturo Galletti.

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.
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