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John Wall 'Rankled' By James Harden's Extension

Aug 25, 2016 8:05 PM

John Wall recently admitted he and Bradley Beal sometimes "dislike each other on the court" in an interview.

“Wall’s got jealousy issues. He’s always upset with someone who makes more money than him," said one source.

An agent described Wall's situation with Beal like this: “Whatever is public, multiply it by five and that’s how they really feel about each other. It’s probably a total disaster.”

A front-office executive says that Wall was “rankled” after James Harden signed a four-year, $118 million extension with the Rockets.

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John Wall: Bradley Beal And I Have A Tendency To Dislike Each Other On Court

Aug 23, 2016 7:11 PM

John Wall admitted that he and Bradley Beal occasionally dislike each other on the court.

The Washington Wizards re-signed Beal this offseason. Wall signed an $80 million deal for five years in 2013 for what was then a max deal under a $58.7 million salary cap. Beal signed his max for five years under a $94.1 million cap.

"I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right ... as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball," Wall said.

"Now that you have your money you got to go out there and improve your game. I want you to be an All-Star just as much as I’m an All-Star.  If we were playing well as a tandem like the other two superstars that play together as a backcourt, play as a tandem, one night it’s going to be his night, one night it’s going to be mine, some nights it might be both of us. Those are nights it’s going to be tough to beat us."

Wall is willing to share the individual success with Beal.

“I want it all to be on me. At the same time I want him to be right there with me. He’s my sidekick. I’m A. He’s A-1. He’s right there," Wall said. "That’s something we got to do on the first day of training camp. We have to go in there and understand and get on the same page.

"If we’re not on the same page and we have our ups and downs we’ll keep dealing with the same problems. We have to get control of it. I think it’s hanging out off the court, doing those little things (helps)."

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Casper Ware Signs Camp Deal With Wizards

Aug 18, 2016 1:53 PM

Casper Ware has signed a training camp deal with the Washington Wizards.

Ware last played in the NBA in 13-14 with the 76ers.

Ware played for the Spurs in Summer League this year, averaging 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 21.8 minutes per game.

Ware played in China and France last season.

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Zaza Pachulia Was Discussing Two-Year, $20M Deal With Wizards Before Taking Warriors' Offer

Jul 16, 2016 8:21 PM

The Washington Wizards could have signed Zaza Pachulia to a contract worth $20 million over two seasons.

The Wizards were non-committal to the deal and Pachulia ended up on a one-year, $3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Pachulia spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Washington instead signed Ian Mahinmi to a four-year, $64 million deal.

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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Away Marcin Gortat

Jul 16, 2016 8:18 PM

The Washington Wizards have no interest in trading away Marcin Gortat despite their signing of Ian Mahinmi.

Mahinmi signed a four-year, $64 million deal with the Wizards in the offseason.

Mahinmi has spent most of his career as a backup center.

The Wizards acquired Gortat in a preseason trade in 2013 with the Phoenix Suns. Gortat will be a free agent in 2019.

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John Wall Understands Durant's Decision, Believes It's Great For Basketball

Jul 11, 2016 11:53 AM

John Wall was asked for his opinion on Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the Golden State Warriors.

“Well, one thing I can say is it’s a lot different than what the old-school era was when Steve [Smith] and those guys played,” Wall said. “They stayed on one team and got it done, but that’s what the new NBA is now. Guys want to get rings and give themselves a better chance. He made the decision. At the end of the day, he made the decision that makes him happy. I think a lot of people don’t respect that, but you love the game, you play it to be happy, not to be sad and be frustrated. If he’s happy and comfortable in that situation, you have to respect the decision. LeBron [James] did the same thing to make him happy and figure things out and maybe he can figure out how to win championships and how to win on another level and then he can probably go back to wherever you want to go. I think it’s great for the game of basketball. It’s going to be exciting to see those guys meshed together. Come on, [the Warriors went] to two NBA championships without a guy like that. To replace and get that?”

Wall also was asked about the free agency moves made by the Washington Wizards.

“I think we added some great pieces,” Wall said. “I still think we need one more piece and hopefully we can get it, but if not, we just gotta go out there and do what we can do with the pieces we have.”

Wall reiterated he would like to see the Wizards sign another wing.

“I think in the Eastern Conference, man, you gotta have three or four 3-men,” Wall said. “To defend LeBron — I know you’re not going to be able to stop him — but just a lot of different bodies and just try to wear him down and, if you get in foul trouble, you’ve got multiple guys that can guard him. That’s what you really need to go against him and compete.”


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Drew Gooden To Be Released By Wizards

Jul 7, 2016 4:06 PM

The Washington Wizards will release Drew Gooden to create enough cap space to fit in their free agent signings.

Gooden was owed $2.9 million for the 16-17 season.

Gooden joined the Wizards in 2014 beginning with successive 10-day contracts.

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Nene Agrees To One-Year, $2.9M Deal With Rockets

Jul 6, 2016 2:03 PM

Nene has agreed to sign a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Houston Rockets.

Nene had been with the Washington Wizards since his trade from the Denver Nuggets in 2012.

Nene is no longer a starter quality big man but he's remained an effective rotation player.

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Wizards Agree To Three-Year, $16M Deal With Jason Smith

Jul 5, 2016 7:25 PM

The Washington Wizards have agreed upon a three-year, $16 million contract with Jason Smith.

Smith spent last season with the Orlando Magic.

Smith averaged 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 76 appearances in 15-16.

Smith has previously played for the 76ers, Pelicans and Knicks.

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Tomas Satoransky, Wizards Agree Three-Year, $9M Contract

Jul 3, 2016 4:46 PM

Tomas Satoransky has agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards on a three-year, $9 million contract.

Satoransky was a second round pick by the Wizards in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Satoransky is a 6'7 combo guard who has played for Barcelona since 2014.

Satoransky averaged 9.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 24.5 minutes per game in Euroleague this past season.

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Garrett Temple, Kings Agree Upon Three-Year, $24M Deal
Garrett Temple has played for the Washington Wizards since 2012 and is capable of playing either guard position.

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Jazz Trade Trey Burke To Wizards For 2nd Rounder In 2021
The Jazz traded for George Hill this offseason and they also have Dante Exum returning from his torn ACL.

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Andrew Nicholson Agrees To Four-Year, $26M Deal With Wizards
Andrew Nicholson's deal includes a player option for Year 4.

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Ian Mahinmi, Wizards Agree Upon Four-Year, $64M Deal
Washington was also in on a pursuit of Al Horford and shifted to IanMahinmi as soon as he agreed to sign with the Celtics.

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Hawks Becoming More Optimistic About Odds Of Re-Signing Al Horford
Atlanta has been weighing trade offers involving Paul Millsap in order to re-sign Al Horford and have enough space to also sign Dwight Howard.

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Trevor Booker Agrees To Two-Year, $18M Deal With Nets
The Nets traded away Thaddeus Young to the Pacers earlier in the offseason.

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Pistons Identified As 'Mystery Team' That Met With Al Horford
Al Horford has since zeroed in on the Celtics, Wizards and Hawks.

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Celtics, Wizards Emerge As Frontrunners For Al Horford
Al Horford is expected to make a final decision Saturday evening.

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Al Horford Meets With Hawks, Rockets, Wizards, Celtics, Mystery Team
Wit the Hawks re-signing Kent Bazemore and also signing Dwight Howard, the odds of Al Horford re-signing have become slim.

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Jared Dudley Agrees To Three-Year, $30M Deal With Suns
Jared Dudley previously played for the Suns from 2008 until 2013.

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Wizards, Spurs, Wolves, Hornets, Blazers, Mavs, Magic In Mix For Ian Mahinmi
Ian Mahinmi had a breakout season for the Pacers in 15-16.

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Bradley Beal Agrees Upon Five-Year, $128M Deal With Wizards
Bradley Beal was a restricted free agent.

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Bradley Beal, Wizards Close To Agreement On Five-Year, $128M Deal
The deal will contain no player options or team options for either party.

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Pistons, Wizards, Bulls, Lakers, Mavs Interested In Maurice Harkless
Moe Harkless is a restricted free agent, which gives the Blazers the right to match.

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Wizards Interested In Al Horford, Ryan Anderson, Nicolas Batum
All three players fit with their plans of playing faster and smaller with more perimeter shooting.

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Al Horford To Receive Interest From Lakers, Rockets, Magic, Pistons, Wizards, Celtics, Nets
The Hawks can offer Al Horford a fifth season and more lucrative raises than any rival team.

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Dunc'd On: NOP, WAS, DEN, MEM, SAC, ORL Offseason Previews
A detailed look at the offseasons for the Pelicans, Wizards, Magic, Kings, Nuggets and Grizzlies.

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Wizards To Pursue Darrell Arthur
Darrell Arthur was scheduled to make $2.9 million with the Nuggets.

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Wizards Don't Expect To Sign Kevin Durant
Washington hired Scott Brooks as head coach, who worked with Kevin Durant for several seasons with the Thunder.

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Celtics, Clippers, Heat, Warriors, Spurs, Thunder Get Meetings With Kevin Durant
Kevin Durant is expected to take the meetings in New York but teams are still awaiting a decision on the final location.

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