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John Wall In Shoe Endorsement Free Agency

Nov 21, 2015 6:50 PM

John Wall is a free agent when it comes to an endorsement contract with a shoe company.

Wall's deal with Adidas expired on Sept. 30th.

“My main focus is just play basketball. I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk,” Wall said after shoot-around at the Palace of Auburn Hills before Saturday night’s game against the Detroit Pistons. “I’m just trying to focus on the season and not worry about what’s going on off the court and play basketball.”

Wall signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Reebok before the 2010 NBA Draft, but it was terminated in the third-year when he was suffering from injuries. Wall then joined Adidas, which owns Reebok for the remainder of the contract.

Wall receives royalties from the sneakers’ sales and will wear his signature sneaker in games but has been wearing other brands, including Nike, at practice.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Martell Webster Undergoes Successful Surgery On Hip

Nov 20, 2015 9:51 PM

Martell Webster has successful surgery to repair the labrum and damaged cartilage in his right hip.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd in Nashville, TN. Webster, who has not appeared in a game this season due to the injury, is expected to miss the remainder of the season for the Washington Wizards.

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Kevin Durant: I'll Worry About Free Agency When I Get There

Nov 10, 2015 12:14 PM

Kevin Durant responded to questions about his free agent on Tuesday ahead of playing the Washington Wizards.

Durant will be a free agent in the offseason for the first time of his career.

"I don't think about the future too hard," said Durant. "I'll worry about that stuff when I get there. I've been saying I don't know for a long, long time but I'm really just focused on our team, happy I'm playing again and that kind of takes over."

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Kevin Durant: Free Agency Shouldn't Be That Big

Nov 9, 2015 12:16 PM

Kevin Durant's free agent in 2016 will be one of the NBA's most widely talked about stories, but he hasn't had too difficult of a time yet answering questions from the media.

Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder will play at the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. Durant grew up in the Washington area and has been strongly linked to the Wizards as a potential free agent destination.

"First of all, it's always an elephant in the room when you're talking about that stuff. I don't want to, like, totally just dodge it. I know it's coming. I know the situation," Durant said. "But I'm really focusing on how I can be better every game. And how I can get back – I don't want say get back, because I'm back – but get used to playing again. All that other stuff is going to come, but we'll wait until we get to that bridge when we cross it."

Durant has tried to deflect attention that could separate him from his team.

"It really hasn't been like that. I was in Houston, and it was not bad. It's not like ESPN is following us every trip. Nobody has really asked me about it, to be honest," Durant said.

"I'm really not good with attention," he said. "I really don't like all this stuff to be centered around me. It comes with it, it's a part of it, but I'm still getting used to it. I learned to embrace it a little bit more, but it's still a little awkward for me."

Durant has been with the Thunder for seven-plus seasons and this will be his first time experiencing free agency.

"Free agency is like a season and it shouldn't be that big," Durant said. "Me, I feel like you should focus on who you have. It's easy to get your hopes up and expect a guy to come to your team or whatever – I'm not talking about myself, I'm just talking about free agency in past years and the future. You get your hopes up as a fan, and then they let you down and then you end up not liking the player. So, it's a little too much emphasis on that type of stuff. But it's part of the game.

"I always been a guy who loves praise from my teammates and coaches. I want to please them more than anything. But I never been one of those guys that looks for it from everybody else. I don't care if guys in the stands respect me. I'm more for respect from the guys on the court. Praise from people lobbying me to play for their team or whatever. I can't please them. I'm sure they're the same ones who will cuss me out when we go into an arena as the opposing team. So, I try not to focus on that, worry about that. I'd rather have respect from my peers. From my teammates and my coaches."

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Tags: Kevin Durant, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Exec: Delayed Extensions For Cap Space 'Against The Rules'

Nov 3, 2015 4:31 PM

Following on the precedent set last season by Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, both the Detroit Pistons and Andre Drummond and the Washington Wizards with Bradley Beal have delayed extensions to presumably preserve cap space.

"It's against the rules," said an unnamed executive who described it as a cap circumvention.

Both the player and team assume some risk in delaying an extension. The player can suffer a catastrophic injury and lose his market value, while the team can be stuck with the player signing an offer sheet with another team.

The motive for delaying an extension is that the player's cap hold is significantly lower than the first year of their new deal would be.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Andre Drummond, Bradley Beal, Detroit Pistons, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

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Wizards Won't Sign Bradley Beal To Extension

Nov 2, 2015 11:14 AM

Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards will not agree upon a contract extension.

The Wizards are maximizing their cap space in order to pursue a maximum level free agent in 2016.

Washington still hopes to sign Beal to a long-term deal but will have more cap space if they operate with his lower cap hold than what the first season of his new contract will be worth.

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Bradley Beal: Nobody Can Stop Me

Oct 31, 2015 10:07 AM

Bradley Beal scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter of the Washington Wizards' comeback win on Friday over the Milwaukee Bucks.

“Nobody can stop me,” Beal declared in an on-court postgame television interview. “Plain and simple.”

“We have the same agent. I was telling my agent, ‘I didn’t know he was that explosive,’ ” Jared Dudley said. “You can just see that confidence. It’s his fourth year, contract year, worked hard, worked his butt off, he’s growing into his body. To be honest with you, John [Wall] is our best player but he’s our best scorer. When he’s shooting the ball aggressive we’re a better team.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Martell Webster May Need Season-Ending Surgery On Hip

Oct 28, 2015 1:26 PM

Martell Webster may need to undergo season-ending surgery on his hip.

Webster had his first full practice on Tuesday and made it through pain-free but took one final shot and discomfort returned.

It has been determined that a bone spur is causing the constant aggravation in his right hip.

"When it gets to the point that nothing's happening, the hip's not getting better ... I don't know just go back to the drawing board and see if surgery is the best solution after exhausting all avenues," Webster said Wednesday from the floor of Amway Center.

Webster is in the final fully guaranteed season of his contract.

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John Wall Attempting To Improve Nutrition As Wizards Play Faster Pace

Oct 28, 2015 12:29 AM

The Washington Wizards want to play at a faster tempo and John Wall is attempting to adjust by improving his nutrition. 

Wall's top priority is avoiding carbs.

“Not eating too much bad food,” Wall said. “Snacks at night and stuff like that.”


Wall talked about the types of foods he's attempting to avoid.

“You know, everything,” Wall said.  “Gummy bears, Doritos. You know, the type of snacks you have at the side of your bed.”

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential

Oct 26, 2015 1:02 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

During the 14-15 preseason, the Golden State Warriors had the league's best mark with +11.0, which became a first indicator of their jump as title contenders.

Here's the full rankings from the 15-16 preseason:

1. Thunder: 12.5
2. Celtics: 11.6
3. Grizzlies: 11.5
4. Wizards: 10.4
5. Hornets: 10.0
6. Pistons: 7.1
7. Raptors: 5.6
8. Pacers: 4.7
9. Knicks: 4.0
10. Suns: 3.9
11. Nuggets: 3.5
12. Kings: 3.3
13. Magic: 2.8
14. Blazers: 1.8
15. Jazz: 0.4
16. Heat: 0.0
17. Hawks: -0.7
18. Rockets: -0.7
19. Nets: -1.0
20. Warriors: -1.3
21. Spurs: -1.9
22. Lakers: -2.1
23. Bucks: -3.4
24. Bulls: -3.6
25. Pelicans: -3.6
26. Clippers: -4.2
27. Cavaliers: -6.5
28. 76ers: -8.6
29. Mavericks: -10.7
30. Wolves: -11.0

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Wizards Waive Josh Harrellson, Jaron Johnson, Toure Murry, Jaleel Roberts, Ish Smith
Toure Murry appeared in four preseason games and tallied 14 points in 30 minutes.

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Alan Anderson Undergoes Surgery On Left Ankle
Alan Anderson underwent left ankle surgery in May to remove bone spurs and was still experiencing pain caused by irritation from the fragment.

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John Wall: My Goal Is To Be NBA's No. 1 Point Guard
John Wall has improved every year and has risen up the NBA's list of point guards.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Washington Wizards Preview With Mike Prada
Mike Prada and Nate Duncan discuss John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Playoff Wittman and how good the Wizards need to be to entice Kevin Durant.

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Kris Humphries Adapting To Become Stretch-4
Kris Humphries went 2-for-26 from three-point range over his first 11 NBA seasons.

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Gilbert Arenas, Javaris Crittenton Dispute Was Over $1,100
Gilbert Arenas' suspension cost him $7.5 million in salary.

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Bradley Beal Determined To Reduce Long Two-Point Shots
Bradley Beal worked this offseason on finishing around the basket and creating his own shot beyond the three-point line, including a step-back.

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Stephen A. Smith: Kevin Durant More Interested In Lakers Than Wizards, Heat
Stephen A. Smith reported this week that the Lakers are his preferred team if he decides to not re-sign with the Thunder.

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John Wall Prepared To Help In Wizards' Pitch To Kevin Durant
If Kevin Durant seriously entertains leaving the Thunder, the Wizards are considered a frontrunner due to their young backcourt and because it is where he grew up.


Jaron Johnson Signs Non-Guaranteed Camp Deal With Wizards
Jaron Johnson averaged 15.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 50 games in the D-League last season.

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Josh Harrellson Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards
Josh Harrellson spent last season in China and Puerto Rico.

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Bradley Beal, Wizards Make No Progress On Extension Talks
Bradley Beal would become a restricted free agent if a deal is not reached.

Jorge Castillo/Washington Post (via Dan Feldman)

Ish Smith, Toure' Murry Sign Camp Deals With Wizards
Neither player is expected to make the Wizards' final roster as they are already at the 15-man limit.

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Wizards Expect Tomas Satoransky To Join Team In 16-17
Tomas Satoransky figures to be John Wall's primary backup at point guard.

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Toure' Murry Signs Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards
Toure' Murry spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract.

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Ryan Hollins Receiving Interest From Kings, Wizards, Clippers
Ryan Hollins has most recently played for the Kings and Clippers.

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Otto Porter Prepared To Play Stretch-4 For Wizards
Otto Porter emerged in the playoffs and would like to play some stretch four this season.

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Will Bynum Agrees To Sign With Guangdong Tigers
Will Bynum finished last season with the Wizards after the CBA season concluded.

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Jaleel Roberts To Sign Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards
Jaleel Roberts has agreed to sign with the Wizards on a non-guaranteed deal, a league source tells RealGM.

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Jared Dudley Undergoes Surgery To Repair Herniated Disc
Jared Dudley will begin the rehab process immediately and is expected to return in approximately three to four months.

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