Washington Wizards WiretapWashington Wizards Wiretap

Blazers, Suns, Nuggets, Wizards Have Also Discussed Kawhi Leonard Trade With Spurs

Jul 17, 2018 4:25 PM

Kawhi Leonard is seriously considering attending USA Basketball national team's minicamp in Las Vegas next week. Leonard holds some enthusiasm for showcasing his revitalized health in the wake of the quad injury that has been at the center of discord between the Spurs and him, sources said.  

Gregg Popovich will lead the camp in his role as national team coach.

Leonard continues to seek a trade from the San Antonio Spurs.

bidding war among the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers never materialized. The Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are among teams who've talked with the Spurs, league sources said.

The Celtics and 76ers appear to have lost traction in their appetite to trade for Leonard as they're well-positioned for the future regardless. The Lakers appear to be playing the longer game in trade talks.

The Spurs have yet to allow prospective trade partners to talk directly with Leonard or his reps.


Adrian Wojnarowski, Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Tags: Boston Celtics, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia Sixers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwight Howard Gave Back $5M In Buyout With Nets

Jul 7, 2018 5:49 PM

Dwight Howard agreed to give back $5 million in his buyout with the Brooklyn Nets.

Howard is getting a similar amount with the Washington Wizards after signing a two-year, $11 million deal.

Howard was initially due $23.8 million in the final season of his deal that the Nets acquired from the Charlotte Hornets.

Tim Bontemps/Washington Post

Tags: Dwight Howard, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Warriors Internally Rejected Idea Of Signing Dwight Howard

Jul 4, 2018 11:22 AM

While DeMarcus Cousins has been a difficult personality at certain points in his career, the Golden State Warriors internally made clear that they preferred to add him as a teammate than Dwight Howard.

Draymond Green, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson played with Cousins on the 2016 Olympics team, while Curry played with him on the 2014 World Cup team.

"I've heard and haven't reported this, and maybe this will get aggregated," said Tim Kawakami on The Lowe Post. "I really heard this. It's better than Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard was a 'no'. That was a 'no' in a lot of precincts of the Warriors. Flat out 'no'. And so DeMarcus Cousins against that backdrop is a thumbs up.

"Draymond clearly a 'yes' (on Cousins). Durant probably a 'yes'. Curry probably. The guys who knew him. Maybe others, we'll see.

"Dwight Howard was a 'no'. Let's not do that. 

"Dwight's older but he's more healthy and obviously incredibly talent. That was not going to happen."

Kawakami added that he perceived the situation as the decision to rule out Howard made Cousins an easier risk to take on.

Howard ultimately agreed to sign with the Washington Wizards.

Tim Kawakami/The Athletic

Tags: Dwight Howard, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Agree To Sign Dwight Howard To One-Year, $5.3M Deal

Jul 3, 2018 5:25 PM

Dwight Howard has secured a buyout with the Brooklyn Nets and will sign with the Washington Wizards for the taxpayers mid-level exception of $5.3 million once he clears waivers.

Howard was traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Nets in June with the agreement not yet official.

The Wizards can offer Howard their starting center job.

Jared Weiss/The Athletic

Tags: Dwight Howard, Washington Wizards, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Pursuing Jeff Green

Jul 3, 2018 9:23 AM

The Washington Wizards have interest in Jeff Green in free agency.

The Wizards lost Mike Scott to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Green played collegiately at Georgetown and grew up in Maryland.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Jeff Green, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Claim Thomas Bryant Off Waivers

Jul 2, 2018 5:06 PM

The Washington Wizards have claimed Thomas Bryant off waivers.

Bryant was released by the Los Angeles Lakers to create cap space.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Thomas Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Nerlens Noel Narrows Free Agency Decision To Lakers, Wizards, Thunder

Jul 1, 2018 9:25 PM

Nerlens Noel has narrowed his free agent decision to the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder.

Noel has also received interest from the New Orleans Pelicans.

Noel turned down a four-year, $70 million contract offer last season from the Mavericks.

Noel has since hired Klutch Sports as his agent.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Nerlens Noel, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Wizards Interested In Sign-And-Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

Jul 1, 2018 6:25 PM

The Washington Wizards have interest in DeMarcus Cousins in a sign-and-trade.

Cousins has long been linked to his former Kentucky teammate John Wall.

Sources, however, say the odds are long that a deal will actually be worked.

Alex Len is a more realistic target for the Wizards at center.

Cousins could be down to the Los Angeles Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans for his free agency market.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, Alex Len, New Orleans Pelicans, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavs, Warriors, Thunder, Wizards Pay Luxury Tax For 18-19

Jun 30, 2018 10:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder and Washington Wizards made luxury tax payments this season.

The Cavaliers paid the most at $50.7 million, followed by the Warriors at $32.3 million, the Thunder at $25.4 million and the Wizards at $7 million.

The Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks were surcharged for being below the minimum team salary.

Larry Coon/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA CBA

Clippers Trade Austin Rivers To Wizards For Marcin Gortat

Jun 26, 2018 7:40 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to trade Austin Rivers to the Washington Wizards for Marcin Gortat.

Rivers recently opted into his $12.6 million contract for the 18-19 season. Rivers will be a free agent in 2019.

Gortat has one season remaining on his deal at $13.6 million.

The Clippers have an uncertain situation at center with DeAndre Jordan's player option decision.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Austin Rivers, Marcin Gortat, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

2018 NBA Draft: Full Results
The Suns have selected Deandre Ayton first overall.

RealGM Staff Report

Wizards Interested In Trading Marcin Gortat
Marcin Gortat has one season remaining on his current deal.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Jodie Meeks Picks Up $3.5M Player Option With Wizards
Jodie Meeks signed a two-year deal with the Wizards in 2017.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Jason Smith Exercises $5.45M Player Option With Wizards
Jason Smith signed a three-year, $16 million contract with the Wizards during the summer of 2016.

Chase Hughes, Chris Miller/NBC Sports Washington

Wizards Sign Ernie Grunfeld To Contract Extension
The Wizards reportedly offered the extension to Ernie Grunfeld in the fall.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

John Wall Wants Wizards To Make Roster Changes
John Wall had some strong comments about the team's chemistry and wanting players who want to be on the team.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Otto Porter Out Indefinitely After Procedure On Left Leg
Otto Porter had an MRI and the results raised concerns of restricted blood flow in his injured area.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

John Wall: Drake Said He Had The Broom For Us
The Wizards return to Toronto with the series tied 2-2 after going down 2-0.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (Apr. 17): Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks, Pelicans/Blazers
On Raptors/Wizards, Celtics/Bucks and Pelicans/Blazers.

RealGM Staff Report

NBA Playoffs: First Round Efficiency Capsules
The ranking in the three efficiency metrics for all eight playoff matchups.

RealGM Staff Report

Jodie Meeks Suspended 25 Games By NBA
Jodie Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin and GHRP-2.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Ty Lawson Agrees To Sign With Wizards
Ty Lawson gives the Wizards extra depth at point guard for the playoffs.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Wizards To Sign Ramon Sessions To 10-Day Contract
Ramon Sessions appeared in 13 games with the Knicks before he was waived on January 13th.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

John Wall, Marcin Gortat Met Privately To Clear Air
Potential issues between John Wall and Marcin Gortat became public.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Ty Lawson, Wizards Discussing Contract
Ty Lawson is averaging 25.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 35.9 minutes per game this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Wizards Interested In Derrick Rose
Derrick Rose has appeared in only 16 games this season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Wizards Trade Shelon Mac To Hawks
Sheldon Mac will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

RealGM Staff Report

Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


Wizards Seeking Marcin Gortat Trade Options
The Wizards are looking to improve their team while not taking on additional long-term money.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Wizards Have Pursued Trade For DeAndre Jordan
The Wizards could build a package for DeAndre Jordan centered upon Marcin Gortat, Kelly Oubre and a first round pick.

Zach Lowe/ESPN