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Wizards' Home Playoff Uniforms Can No Longer Be Bought By Fans

Apr 21, 2017 10:56 AM

The Washington Wizards announced in March that they would wear their white stars-and-stripes uniforms for all home playoff games this season. The Wizards' alternate home jersey became popular after they wore them for six military themed home games.

“We listened to the fan feedback and saw the same thing you did, and we got everyone’s blessing,” said Hunter Lochmann, a senior VP of marketing brand & strategy at Monumental. “It was a no-brainer, quite frankly. Players, fans, management, you name it: People loved the uniforms.”

The jerseys, however, are no longer available for fans to purchase. The Wizards sold out their entire supply before the start of the postseason and no additional orders will be made since the NBA is switching from Adidas to Nike.

“Unfortunately, the way uniform ordering goes for retail, there’s a long lead time,” Lochmann said. “If we wanted to order more, we wouldn’t have gotten them until June. It was disappointing, because we saw how popular they became, but it is what it is. There’s not really anything we can do about it.”

Players have said they would like to continue wearing them more often next season.

“These are so popular, we need to take a look at bringing them back in the future,” Lochmann said. “It’s been universal internally with all the key stakeholders.”

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John Wall Took On More Leadership After Wizards Struck Out On Star Free Agents

Apr 15, 2017 1:10 PM

John Wall assumed a bigger leadership role for the Washington Wizards after they were unable to sign a star free agent such as Kevin Durant or Al Horford.

The Wizards spent several seasons planning to have cap space for the 2017 free agency class.

“It put more pressure on me to be the main guy, to be the guy. I think it made it a role of, ‘OK, you’re the franchise guy,'” Wall told The Vertical. “I went back this year with a mind-set of, ‘This is definitely my team. We have to get it going.’ If I don’t lead these guys, on the court, in practice, show leadership off the court, talking to guys, talking in the locker room, we’re never going to get to where we want to go, never going to get to the promised land. We have an opportunity to do something special.”

Wall steps onto the court with the mind-set that he always belongs amongst the game's best players.

“That’s how I’ve been thinking this season,” Wall told The Vertical. “And that’s why I think I’ve been playing a lot better and not just going at guys, but having that mind-set when I step on the court. If I’m going against a LeBron or Kevin Durant, I might not be the best player overall than them, but in my mind, I’m the best player on that court. For me to know that I can take my game to another level and a lot of my peers appreciating what I’m doing this season, saying it’s a heck of a season you’re having, all I can do is use that as motivation because it’s a lot of guys I looked up to.”

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Nets To Again Pursue RFAs With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter Targeted

Apr 7, 2017 12:33 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to pursue both Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Otto Porter in restricted free agency.

Both Caldwell-Pope and Porter will be restricted free agents this offseason.

During last year's offseason, the Nets signed both Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson as restricted free agents to offer sheets. The Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat matched the Nets' aggressive offers for both Crabbe and Johnson respectively.

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Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Otto Porter, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

John Wall: Relationship With Bradley Beal 'Never Was Bad'

Mar 15, 2017 4:28 PM

John Wall and Bradley Beal have had a relationship perceived to be strained at various points during their time together with the Washington Wizards.

"It never was bad. But now we spend more time together off the court," said Wall. "He had [former Wizards guard] Garrett Temple [now with the Sacramento Kings]. That was his guy. I had my guy. But now we spend a lot more time together. We’re just building a bond. We always joke and have fun. We play cards on the plane with each other. All that stuff equaled up to us making a better bond.

"We never disliked each other. There are times on the court where you are going to dislike a player. You want the ball. They want the ball."

Wall was asked when times were the toughest between the two of them.

"Basically, us both coming off of injuries. I’d be in a rhythm and he might be coming off of injury," said Wall. "Or he’s in a rhythm and I might be coming off of injury. We try to figure out who is going to get the last shot. Who is going to get the guy [defensively]? Who is going to do this? Who is going to do that? The good thing is we understand this, ‘Go out there and play your game. When you’re in a rhythm, you’re in a rhythm.’

"We understand how to find each other, at the same time play our game. That’s where I excel a lot. I normally have the ball. I’m going to get my shot whenever I want to. But my job is to get him going. That’s where we are a better team."

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Tags: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards, NBA

John Wall, Karl-Anthony Towns Named Players Of Week

Mar 13, 2017 4:14 PM

The Washington Wizards’ John Wall and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12.

Wall led the Wizards to a 4-0 week, with all of Washington’s wins coming on the road. He paced the East in scoring (29.8 ppg) and assists (11.3 apg) while adding 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals. On March 7, the 26-year-old recorded 25 points, 14 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a 131-127 victory over the Phoenix Suns. On March 11, Wall tallied 39 points and nine assists as Wizards erased a 21-point halftime deficit in a 125-124 overtime win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

Towns averaged 29.0 points (fourth in the West) on 63.3 percent shooting and 12.3 rebounds (tied for fourth) as the Timberwolves went 2-1. On March 8, he scored 29 points on 14-for-21 shooting and added 14 rebounds in a 107-91 win over the L.A. Clippers. On March 11, the 21-year-old scored a game-high 35 points on 14-for-21 shooting to go with 14 rebounds and two blocks in 102-95 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. It was the 13th time this season that Towns has scored at least 30 points.

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Wizards To Waive Danuel House

Mar 1, 2017 5:02 PM

The Washington Wizards will waive Danuel House to create a roster spot for Brandon Jennings.

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Brandon Jennings Agrees To Sign With Wizards

Feb 28, 2017 6:53 PM

Brandon Jennings has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season.

The New York Knicks released Jennings on Monday after he requested an out in order to play for a contending team.

Jennings needs to clear waivers before he can sign with the Wizards.

The team has 15 players on the roster and will need to waive a player to make room for Jennings.

Jennings averaged 8.6 points and 4.9 assists while shooting 34 percent from 3-point range. 

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Brandon Jennings Receiving Interest From Wizards

Feb 28, 2017 11:59 AM

The Washington Wizards are interested in signing Brandon Jennings.

Jennings was waived by the New York Knicks on Monday.

Stan Van Gundy suggested Jennings was going to sign with the Charlotte Hornets but the team was already committed to Briante Weber. The Golden State Warriors also had interest in Jennings but they were similarly committed to Jose Calderon.

The Wizards are currently playing Trey Burke as John Wall's backup at point guard.

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Wizards Acquire Bojan Bogdanovic From Nets

Feb 22, 2017 3:58 PM

The Brooklyn Nets haver agreed to trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first round pick.

The Wizards traded their 2016 first round pick last year for Markieff Morris.

Brooklyn will swap their own first round pick this year with the Boston Celtics, which will likely give them two first rounders in the twenties.

Bogdanovic will be a restricted free agent in the 2017 offseason. Bogdanovic is averaging 14.2 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 35.7 percent on three-pointers.

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Wizards Interested In Trading For Shabazz Muhammad

Feb 21, 2017 8:13 PM

The Washington Wizards have interest in trading for Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Muhammad will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

The Wizards appear willing to part with a first round pick in this year's draft to add depth to their roster. 

After a slow start to the season under Scott Brooks, the Wizards are among the leaders in the Eastern Conference.

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Wizards Could Deal First Rounder For Veteran Depth Piece
The 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.

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Scott Brooks, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month For January
Scott Brooks and Steve Kerr have been named the NBA's Coaches of the Month for January.

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John Wall Voted Into All-Star Game As Reserve
John Wall will make his fourth appearance in the All-Star Game.

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Wizards To Wear All Black To Game Against Celtics
Recent games between the two teams have featured chippy play and plenty of trash talk.

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John Wall Healthy Enough To Be 'The Player I Always Wanted To Be'
John Wall has played through pain and injuries but he also realized he needed surgeries on both knees this past offseason.

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John Wall, Jae Crowder Receive Fines For Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder received a fine of $25,000 while John Wall was fined $15,000.


John Wall, Jae Crowder Downplay Postgame Confrontation
Jae Crowder could be seen putting his finger in John Wall's face after the two exchanged words, and Wall appeared to land a quick open-hand slap.

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James Harden, John Wall Named Players Of The Month For December
James Harden averaged 28.3 points, 9.1 rebounds, 12 assists as Rockets went 15-2.

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John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
John Wall led the Wizards to a 3-0 week, averaging 24.3 points, an NBA-leading 13.0 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.67 steals.

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Ian Mahinmi Out Six Weeks With PRP Treatment
Ian Mahinmi will undergo PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment on both knees.

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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.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

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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