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Nets, Thunder Close To Brook Lopez For Reggie Jackson Trade

Feb 19, 2015 12:40 PM

The Brooklyn Nets are close to trading Brook Lopez to the Oklahoma City Thunder in a package for Reggie Jackson.

The Nets, however, need to believe they will be able to convince Jackson to re-sign in the offseason. Jackson will be a restricted free agent. Jackson turned down a four-year, $48 million extension with the Thunder.

The Thunder have had interest in Lopez dating back to the 2008 NBA Draft.

The Thunder would include Kendrick Perkins and Perry Jones as part of the package.

The deal could also be expanded to send Jarrett Jack to the Washington Wizards and Kevin Garnett to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Andre Miller Traded By Wizards To Kings For Ramon Sessions

Feb 19, 2015 12:01 PM

The Sacramento Kings have acquired Andre Miller from the Washington Wizards for Ramon Sessions.

Miller reunites with George Karl, who was hired by the Kings over the All-Star break.

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Wizards Interested In Trade For Norris Cole

Feb 18, 2015 12:48 PM

The Washinton Wizards have pursued a trade for Norris Cole, but sources tell RealGM that the asking price of the Miami Heat has been difficult to match.

Cole will be a restricted free agent in the offseason.

Cole is averaging 6.3 points, 3.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game this season for the Heat.

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Wizards, Heat Interested In Trade For Jameer Nelson

Feb 12, 2015 7:09 PM

The Washington Wizards and Miami Heat have explored trade talks with the Denver Nuggets on Jameer Nelson, sources tell RealGM.

No deal is imminent, and Nelson has grown comfortable with his situation in Denver. The veteran point guard is currently dealing with an Achilles injury and hopes to return to the lineup after the NBA All-Star break.

The Cleveland Cavaliers had interest in Nelson when the Boston Celtics were offering him in trade scenarios, but not since.

Nelson began the season with the Dallas Mavericks.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense

Feb 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers enter the All-Star break as the only three teams in the NBA ranked in the top-10 in both offense and defense.

Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

The Chicago Bulls ranked second in defensive efficiency last season and 28th on offense, but they are currently 9th on offense and just 13th on defense.

Teams that contend for a championship in the NBA typically are in the top-10 in both categories, or are particularly dominant on one end of the floor.

The current top-10 in efficiency differential consists of the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Mavericks, Blazers, Grizzlies, Raptors, Spurs, Rockets and Cavaliers.

The old/young distinction is based on the average age of players who play 15 or more minutes per game.

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Bradley Beal Has Mild Stress Reaction In Lower Right Fibula

Feb 11, 2015 3:59 PM

Bradley Beal has a mild stress reaction in his lower right fibula.  

Beal will be re-evaluated following the All-Star break. 

Beal has missed the past two games for the Washington Wizards and will be unavailable for Wedneday's game against the Toronto Raptors. 

Beal has averaged 15.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting .436 from three-point range in 42 games for the Wizards this season.

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John Wall Prefers Playmaker With Open Wizards' Roster Spot

Feb 11, 2015 12:51 PM

John Wall offered his opinion on what the Washinton Wizards should do with their open roster spot.

“I think somebody, another guy that can create off the bench,” Wall said. “A guy that can create and put the ball on the floor and make plays for others. That’s probably the only thing we’re missing in the second unit. Andre’s [Miller] probably the best player that suits itself for creating and making plays for somebody in the second unit. I think sometimes we just get stagnant.”

Will Bynum is a player that matches Wall's criteria. Bynum is currently playing in China and should be available in March.

Wall was also asked about Bynum specifically.

“I like his game, I like the things he can do,” Wall said. “He can run the team, he can make shots, he can get into the paint. He just plays with the competitive nature I’ve seen playing against him when he was with the Pistons.”

 

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Ray Allen To Make Decision Following All-Star Weekend

Feb 9, 2015 1:33 PM

Ray Allen is ready to decide his NBA future following All-Star Weekend.

Allen hasn't decided whether he wants to return for a 19th season, but he's been staying in shape and doing on-court work.

Allen has also remained in contract with several teams including the Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks.

The Cavs have left a roster spot open for the past month, ostensibly saving it for Allen. 

 

The Hawks recently joined the list of clubs interested in Allen and could offer him more playing time than the Cavaliers.

Allen's potential role with a team is expected to be a deciding factor.

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Wizards Show Interest In Will Bynum

Jan 28, 2015 12:42 PM

Along with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Washington Wizards have expressed interest on Will Bynum in the Chinese Basketball Association, league sources told RealGM.

Since arriving on Guangdong Southern, Bynum has scored 23.2 points and dished 7.4 assists a game while leading the club to an undefeated record. Guangdong is 32-3 and could play until late March, delaying Bynum’s potential return to the NBA.

In seven seasons with the Detroit Pistons, Bynum averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 assists and 18.5 minutes in 353 games. He was traded to the Boston Celtics in October and subsequently released.

Washington has one spot available on its roster.

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Kobe Bryant Considered Joining Michael Jordan With Wizards

Jan 26, 2015 12:42 PM

Kobe Bryant considered joining Michael Jordan with the Washington Wizards before his 2004 free agency.

Abe Pollin, however, parted ways with Jordan in 2003 a year before Bryant was scheduled to make his free agent decision.

“That’s true,” Bryant confirmed recently. “A long time ago? Yeah.”

 

Bryant considered signing with the Los Angeles Clippers, but eventually chose to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Bryant was in the middle of a feud with Shaquille O'Neal as the two were struggling to co-exist. The Lakers traded O'Neal in that 2004 offseason to the Miami Heat.

“The challenge had been thrown down upon me, of not being able to win without Shaq. A public challenge never really bothered me too much, but he made a couple of comments as well. I think he called me Penny Hardaway Part 2 or something like that. So that’s what [ticked] me off,” Bryant said. “Then it was like, ‘Listen, you know the step back that I took to help us win championships. Let’s not get [expletive] confused. I can dominate on my own. I decided to stay here and win championships and sacrifice MVPs and scoring titles and all that stuff.’ So once that was said, it was like a line in the sand now.”

According to two people with knowledge of the situation, after Jordan decided to sell his minority ownership stake to resume his playing career with the Wizards, Bryant informed him several times he wanted to play for the Wizards. Jordan was going to return to the front office after his retirement.

“I’ve always been very big on having mentors, on having muses and I’ve been really, really big on that,” Bryant said. “Being around guys who have done it before and done it at a high level and always tried to pick their brains and always tried to absorb knowledge. Obviously, being in that situation [with the Wizards], it would’ve helped having to be around him every day and so on.”

 

The Wizards never had the assets to discuss a trade for Bryant, so the only chance the organization would have had to make a run at him was when he became an unrestricted free agent in 2004. 

 

“We would’ve put together a great team and we would’ve won championships,” Bryant said. “Listen, man. There are not a lot of players in this league that say, ‘Come hell or high water, we’re going to get this [expletive] done.’ People can look around and joke around about winning, saying they want to win. For me, it’s a matter of life or death. It was that important to me. And if it’s that important to me, I’m going to get there.”

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Wale Talking To Kanye About Designing New Uniforms For Wizards
Wale, a rapper from the Washington D.C. area, is working with the Washington Wizards as a creative liaison.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

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Bulls, Pistons, Wizards, Clippers Express Interest In Damion James
The Bulls, Pistons, Wizards and Clippers have expressed interest in Damion James, a league source told RealGM on Sunday.

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Nate Robinson Bought Out, Clippers, Heat, Cavs, Wizards Interested
Nate Robinson will weigh offers from teams once he clears waivers, RealGM's Shams Charania reports.

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Wizards Waive Glen Rice Jr.
Glen Rice appeared in 16 career games with Washington in parts of two seasons.

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Wizards Attempt To Trade Glen Rice Jr. Ahead Of Contract Guarantee Date
If the Wizards cannot find a trade partner, they could waive Glen Rice.

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John Wall, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
John Wall and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 8 and Dec. 14.

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Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne
Glen Rice Jr. has appeared in five games this season for Washington

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Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday
Bradley Beal has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist.

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Durant Could Delay Free Agency Until 2017 For Larger Max Contract
Kevin Durant could earn up to 35 percent of the cap if he were to become a free agent in 2017.

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Durant: I Can Inspire D.C. Kids From Oklahoma
Kevin Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and has been liked to leaving the Thunder for the Wizards.

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Wizards May Sign John Lucas III
John Lucas III would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders
In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season.

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Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi
Daniel Orton was released on Thursday by the Wizards.

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Daniel Orton Waived By Wizards
Daniel Orton did not appear in a game in the preseason.

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Wizards Pick Up Rookie Options On Bradley Beal, Otto Porter
The Wizards have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter.

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Bradley Beal To Undergo Surgery For Hand Fracture
Bradley Beal underwent an MRI exam on Saturday that revealed a non-displaced fracture of the scaphoid bone in his left wrist.

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Kris Humphries Sidelined 3-4 Weeks After Surgery On Finger
Kris Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.

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Nene, Blair, Orton, Silas, Suspended For Wizards' Regular Season Opener
Nene, DeJuan Blair, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas left the bench during an altercation between Joakim Noah and Paul Pierce.

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