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Wizards Assign Glen Rice Jr. To Fort Wayne

The Washington Wizards have assigned Glen Rice Jr. to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

 
Rice has appeared in five games this season for Washington while averaging 2.2 points in 8.5 minutes per game.
Via RealGM Staff Report

Bradley Beal Hopes To Make Season Debut Against Cavs On Friday

Bradley Beal, who has been out since Oct. 10 with a fractured left wrist, is hoping to make his season debut for the Washington Wizards' game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Friday would mark exactly six weeks since Beal sustained the injury.

Beal is expected to return to practice this week.

Via Jorge Castillo/Washington Post

Durant Could Delay Free Agency Until 2017 For Larger Max Contract

It is believed that Kevin Durant has already made it known to some people that his free agency decision in 2016 will come down to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards.

Some teams are optimistic that Durant will consider all options as a free agent.

Durant could also sign a one-year deal with the Thunder in 2016 to become a free agent in 2017 when he'll have 10 years of experience and be eligible for a larger max contract. Players can earn up to 35 percent of the cap after they have 10 years of experience, which is up from 30 percent.

Delaying his free agency until 2017 also gives Durant the opportunity to see what Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka decide to do.

Via Zach Lowe/Grantland

Durant: I Can Inspire D.C. Kids From Oklahoma

In an interview on ESPN's Mike & Mike Show, Kevin Durant was asked whether watching the impact of LeBron James returning to his home area of Cleveland could influence his decision on possibly signing with the Washington Wizards.

Durant will become a free agent in 2016 and there has been speculation that he might leave the Thunder for the Wizards.

"I really haven't thought about that, to be honest," said Durant. "I hear it a lot. But I think I can make an impact on the community I grew up from anywhere. So I think I'm doing a good job of that in Oklahoma. My friends, my family, the kids in my neighborhood are seeing that. I'm inspiring them from Oklahoma City. I really haven't thought about it. I love where I am. I know that sounds cliche and the answer everybody gives, but that's really true from my side of it. I'm sure everybody's watching from afar."

Via Berry Tramel/Oklahoman

Wizards May Sign John Lucas III

The Washington Wizards are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, according to sources.

Lucas would give the Wizards veteran depth in the backcourt after losing Bradley Beal to a wrist injury that will keep him out at least six weeks.

Lucas was traded twice this offseason, first going from the Utah Jazz to the Cleveland Cavaliers and then to the Boston Celtics. Lucas was waived by the Celtics shortly after the trade.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Daniel Orton Agrees To Sign With Shanxi

Daniel Orton has reached agreement with Shanxi of China on a $1 million-plus deal, a source tells RealGM.

Orton was released on Thursday by the Washington Wizards.

Orton played parts of last season with the Philadelphia 76ers and Maine Red Claws of the D-League.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Daniel Orton Waived By Wizards

Daniel Orton was released by the Washington Wizards on Thursday, the team announced.

Orton did not appear in a game in the preseason.

The Wizards' roster stands at 17.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Pick Up Rookie Options On Bradley Beal, Otto Porter

The Washington Wizards have exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter.

"Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team," Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement.  "We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future."

Via RealGM Staff Report

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 (non-shooting) wrist that will require surgery, the Washington Wizards announced.

The injury occurred in the first quarter of a preseason game against Charlotte on Oct. 10.

A timeline for Beal’s recovery will be announced following his surgery.

NBA.com and the Washington Post have reported that Beal is expected to miss approximately two months.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Washington Wizards Archives

Kris Humphries Sidelined 3-4 Weeks After Surgery On Finger

Kris Humphries is expected to miss three to four weeks before resuming basketball activity.

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.

RealGM Radio: On The Southeast Division With Galletti, Minton

Daniel Leroux, Arturo Galletti and Patrick Minton talk in-depth about the major offseasons for the Heat and Hornets, as well as small but important summers for the Wizards, Hawks and Magic, talk about their favorite moves and preview the upcoming season.

Wizards Release Vander Blue, David Stockton

The Wizards' roster now stands at 18.

Martell Webster To Consider Retirement At 30 After Final Three Years Of Contract

Martell Webster underwent his third back surgery in four years during the offseason.

Gortat Believes Ariza Left Wizards To Return West, Not For More Money

Trevor Ariza signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Rockets.

David Stockton Signing Camp Contract With Wizards

David Stockton will sign a training camp contract with the Wizards on Friday, a league source told RealGM.

Wizards Agree To Deal With Vander Blue

Vander Blue also worked out for the Spurs last week.

Rasual Butler Reaches Non-Guaranteed Deal With Wizards

Rasual Butler has reached agreement on a non-guaranteed contract with the Wizards, a league source told RealGM.

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Ray Allen.

Wizards Finalizing Contract With Xavier Silas

Xavier Silas is finalizing a contract with the Wizards, league sources told RealGM.

Wizards To Hire Howard Eisley As Assistant Coach

Howard Eisley has worked in the Clippers' organization since 2010.

Wizards Interested In Ray Allen

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

Al Harrington Signs One-Year Deal With Fujian Sturgeons

Al Harrington hopes to join the Wizards as an assistant coach following his stint in China.

Wizards Name Roy Rogers Assistant Coach

Roy Rogers comes to Washington after spending the 2013-14 season with the Nets.

Sam Cassell Leaving Wizards To Join Clippers' Coaching Staff

Sam Cassell became an assistant with the Wizards in 2009.

Wizards Waive Melvin Ely

Melvin Ely was included in the Trevor Ariza trade to help make the numbers work.

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.

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

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

Wizards Hire David Adkins Who Coached Durant In High School

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