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Ariza Nearing Return To Practice

Trevor Ariza has missed the past 13 games with a calf injury but is expected to practice with the Washington Wizards this upcoming week.

“He’s coming along good,” Wittman said of Ariza, who strained his left calf in the third quarter of the Wizards’ stunning 105-101 victory over the Miami Heat on Dec. 4. “We’ll see how the next couple of games, go. He’s still got a little tightness in there.”

A.J. Price, who's recovering from a broken hand, is likely at least another week away from basketball-related activities.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Wall Targets January Return From Knee Injury

John Wall doesn't have a specific date for his return from knee injury, but does expect to return sometime in January.

"My timetable is some time in January," Wall told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday night. "The way I am feeling with no pain, working out and doing it three [days straight] and it has no pain, I'm feeling good. I feel like I am taking the right steps and I haven't had no pain the last couple of days after workouts."

Wall has a clear idea of what will signify his readiness to return to the floor.

"When I feel like I can run and do everything like I used to, cut, jump like I used to, run fast like I used to," Wall said. "And I feel like I am getting closer and closer to those steps."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Sign Mack, Temple

The Washington Wizards have officially signed guards Shelvin Mack and Garrett Temple, the team announced on Wednesday.

Mack was originally selected by Washington with the 34th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. In 11 games this season with the Maine Red Claws of the NBA D-League, he has averaged 19.7 points and a D-League best 7.5 assists in 40.7 minutes per contest.

Temple was undrafted out of LSU in 2009. In nine games this season with the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, he has averaged 14.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists in 36 minutes per contest.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Have 'Cancerous' Situation

The Washington Wizards are 3-22 on the season and turmoil amongst the players is increasing.

"It's like there's a cancer in here," said one player.

There exists a lack of accountability among the players, according to sources.

"When you play with confidence, and you're together, it's different," Nene said. "You feel, you know your teammates know you, and you give your best. But right here, right now, it's the opposite. Total opposite."

Via David Aldridge/NBA.com

Wizards To Sign Shelvin Mack

The Washington Wizards will sign Shelvin Mack to a contract, according to sources.

The Wizards selected Mack with the 34th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and waived him before the start of the current season.

Mack had been playing in the D-League.

The Wizards released Shaun Livington to create space to sign Mack.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards Release Livingston, Barron

The Washington Wizards have waived Shaun Livingston and Earl Barron.

The Wizards will now look for backcourt help, according to the Washington Post.

Livingston averaged 3.8 points in 16 games for the Wizards while Barron averaged 2.5 points and 3.9 rebounds in 11 contests.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Continue To Put Nene On Minutes Limit

Nene is still on a minutes limit for the Washington Wizards due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot, having played under 25 minutes in 10 out of his last 11 games, including the past nine.

The Wizards will determine if Nene is prepared for an increase in minutes during the team's next stretch of four games in five nights.

“You don’t want to add minutes to a brutal schedule. We’ll see when we get through this schedule here, after Christmas, seeing where we’re at in terms of adding,” said Wittman, who has found it difficult to monitor Nene's minutes. “But yeah, I anticipate that’s the direction we’re headed in, of those minutes starting to increase.”

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Wall Hopes To Avoid Missing Entire Season

John Wall spoke publicly for the first time in more than a month on Monday, giving an update on his injured left knee.

Wall visited with an orthopedic surgeon on Friday, receiving a third Synvisc injection and was told he can begin to increase his basketball-related activity.

“I got more like a smile on my face, a little bit,” Wall said.

Wall admitted Monday he has developed cartilage damage underneath his left patella. 

“I’m not thinking like that,” Wall said, when asked if it would be better for him to sit out the entire season. “Hopefully the time I’ve taken off and the shots I got and the treatment I’ve been getting is helping me get healthy so I can play basketball this season. You don’t want to miss a whole season. If it comes to it, you have to, but I’m trying not to think that far ahead.”

The Wizards have a 3-18 record this season without Wall.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

Wizards Become Only Team In NBA Not Averaging At Least 90 PPG

The Washington Wizards have struggled offensively throughout the season and have been particularly inefficient since A.J. Price broke his right hand four games ago.

The Wizards are now the only team in the NBA not averaging at least 90 points per game.

Shaun Livingston is the Wizards' only available pure point guard.

Via Michael Lee/Washington Post

John Wall To Elevate Activity Level

John Wall had his left knee examined on Friday, and the Washington Wizards revealed that Wall can now increase his activity level.

“John’s examination today showed improvement in his stress injury that will allow him to begin ramping up his activity level," Dr. David Altchek said in a statement. "There is still some irritation in the knee which we have treated over his last several visits with a series of three lubricating Synvisc injections, the last of which was given today. He will continue to be evaluated on an ongoing basis.”

Wall will now start to run and jump in an effort to elevate his training.

Wall has not played for the Wizards yet this season because of a stress injury in his left knee.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Washington Wizards Archives

Wizards' Leonsis Denies Economics Were Factor In Rumored Harden Trade

Ted Leonsis responded to a report from the Washington Post that indicated he rejected the concept of trading for James Harden due to reservations about giving him a five-year, $80 million max contract.

John Wall To Have Left Knee Examined Friday

John Wall will have his knee examined on Friday.

Report: Wizards Rejected Trade For Harden

Wizards' owner Ted Leonsis was unwilling to commit to an $80 million max contract offer over five seasons to James Harden, according to sources.

Anthony Davis Set To Return Tuesday

Anthony Davis has been out with a stress reaction in his left ankle.

Ben Uzoh Works Out For Wizards

The Wizards worked out Ben Uzoh on Sunday.

A.J. Price Out Four To Six Weeks

A.J. Price will miss four to six weeks with a broken hand.

Vesely Dropping Out Of Wizards' Rotation

Jan Vesely is slowly falling out of favor in Washington.

Wall Still Unable To Practice, Elevate To Shoot

Randy Wittman admitted that John Wall's original return estimate was actually eight to 12 weeks.

Ariza Could Miss Most Of December With Calf Strain

Trevor Ariza could miss most of December with a calf strain.
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