Sep 22, 2014 5:50 PM EDT
11-year NBA veteran Rasual Butler has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed contract with the Washington Wizards, a league source told RealGM.
Butler's agent, Joel Bell, confirmed the signing on Monday.
A year ago, Butler played for the Indiana Pacers in the NBA summer league, signed a similar unguaranteed contract with the organization and remained for the entire season. After failing to sign an NBA deal for 2012-13, the 6-foot-7 swingman went through a training camp competition for a regular season roster position.
In 50 games for the Pacers last season, Butler averaged 2.7 points and 7.6 minutes while shooting 41.9 percent from three-point distance. He gradually became a focal voice within Indiana's young core.
Butler, 35, has also played for Miami, New Orleans, the Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago and Toronto over his career, averaging 7.8 points and 2.4 rebounds.
Butler was the Heat's second round draft pick in 2002 out of La Salle.
Sep 22, 2014 1:01 PM EDT
Ray Allen is still undecided about playing next season but has several NBA teams awaiting his decision.
The Washington Wizards are among the teams interested in Allen. The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls have also reportedly been interested.
The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Allen.
Sep 15, 2014 2:16 PM EDT
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.
Sep 03, 2014 1:47 PM EDT
The Washington Wizards will hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach.
Eisley has worked in the Los Angeles Clippers' organization since 2010.
Sep 03, 2014 12:39 PM EDT
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.
Aug 10, 2014 1:44 PM EDT
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.
Aug 08, 2014 9:14 PM EDT
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.
Aug 02, 2014 10:51 PM EDT
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.
Jul 31, 2014 2:00 PM EDT
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.
Jul 30, 2014 12:11 AM EDT
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."
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DeJuan Blair has agreed upon a three-year, $6 million deal with the Wizards.
David Adkins was an assistant for Brenda Frese with the University of Maryland's women's basketball team for the past five seasons.
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 spent last season with the Celtics.
Trevor Booker has agreed upon a deal with the Jazz.
The Wizards sent Sam Cassell to meet with Paul Pierce in Las Vegas.
Jul 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
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's contract contains declining salaries of $8.6 million, $8.2 million, $7.8 million and $7.4 million.
Jul 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Trevor Ariza previously played for the Rockets before he was traded to the Pelicans.
Anthony Tolliver has also received interest from the Pistons, Wizards, Spurs and Hornets among other teams, sources said.
Marvin Williams is solidly in line to reach a contract agreement after the top free agents sign.
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.
The Lakers are expected to pursue Trevor Ariza, according to sources.
Martell Webster sustained the injury during a routine workout at the Wizardsí practice facility last week.
Randy Wittman is nearing a three-year contract extension with the Wizards, according to sources.
Any potential deal, however, could ultimately die if the Timberwolves ask for Bradley Beal.
John Wall said he "could barely see" in the third quarter of the Wizards' blowout loss on Friday.
Trevor Ariza was nearly dealt to the Clippers for Caron Butler in 2013.
Nene will miss Game 4 without pay.
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