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Trevor Ariza, Suns Made 'Mutual' Decision To Part Ways

Dec 18, 2018 11:01 AM

The trade of Trevor Ariza was a "mutual" decision between Ariza and the Phoenix Suns, according to sources.

Ariza wanted a trade from the Suns after signing a one-year, $15 million deal in July.

Sources say Ariza checked out mentally early in the season as the team struggled.

Phoenix attempted to trade Ariza back to the Los Angeles Lakers, but that move was not something Robert Sarver wanted to make following their buyout of Tyson Chandler and his eventual signing with the Lakers.

The Suns will face Ariza on Saturday when they visit the Wizards.

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Suns Trade Trevor Ariza To Wizards For Kelly Oubre, Austin Rivers

Dec 15, 2018 12:14 PM

The Phoenix Suns have agreed to trade Trevor Ariza to the Washington Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers.

The deal was reworked after the Suns and Memphis Grizzlies disagreed on the inclusion of either MarShon Brooks or Dillon Brooks.

Ariza signed a one-year, $15 million deal with the Suns during the offseason and became trade-eligible on Saturday.

Ariza and his agent, Aaron Mintz of CAA, had hoped that the Los Angeles Lakers could complete a deal with the Suns. Robert Sarver became more sensitive about trading Ariza to the Lakers following the criticism the Suns received after buying out Chandler to allow him to join the Lakers.

The Wizards weren't expecting to have enough flexibility to re-sign Oubre in restricted free agency.

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Bradley Beal, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week

Dec 10, 2018 3:06 PM

Bradley Beal and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for Week 8.

Beal averaged 30.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds per game as the Wizards went 2-1.

Curry averaged 30.7 points and 5.7 assists per game as the Warriors went 3-0.

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John Wall Has 'Worst Game Of My Life' In Cavs Loss

Dec 9, 2018 2:02 AM

John Wall went 0-5 and scored a career-low 1 point in the Washington Wizards 116-101 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Fighting through a left heel injury, Wall admitted that he shouldn't have played in the game. 

“It’s just like a bone spur. I probably shouldn’t have played. That’s my fault. But you learn from your mistakes.” Wall then added that his performance was the "worst game of my life. One free throw. No field goals”.

Despite his struggles, Wall is averaging the second highest scoring total of his career at 21.3 point per game. 

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Bucks Acquire Jason Smith From Wizards As Part Of Three-Way Trade

Dec 7, 2018 7:29 PM

The Washington Wizards will join the trade between the Milwaukee Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire Sam Dekker for Jason Smith and a future second round pick.

Milwaukee acquired George Hill from the Cavaliers while also saving cap space.

The Cavaliers and Wizards will swap second round picks, with Cleveland getting Washington's second in 2021 and sending their second in 2022.

Washington's tax bill will drop from $14.49 million to $9.79 million by trading out Smith's $5.45 million salary for Dekker's $2.68 million salary.

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Tags: Sam Dekker, Jason Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

John Wall To Miss Game For 'Personal Reasons'

Dec 5, 2018 5:14 PM

John Wall will sit out tonight's game against the Atlanta Hawks due to "personal reasons". Although the team did not give specifics, he is expecting the birth of his first child.

A frequent target of trade rumors, Wall is averaging 21.3 points and 8.4 assists this season.

Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers are likely to replace his minutes in the lineup. 

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

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Kings Interested In Trading For Otto Porter

Nov 30, 2018 3:46 PM

The Sacramento Kings have interest in trading for Otto Porter Jr.

Porter signed a four-year, $106 million offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets in 2017, which was matched by the Washington Wizards. The Kings also met with Porter in his restricted free agency.

The Kings have the expiring contracts of Iman Shumpert, Zach Randolph, Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore, and approximately $16 million under the salary cap to make moves during the season/

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John Wall's Trade Market Nearly Nonexistent

Nov 30, 2018 3:26 PM

The NBA has yet to determine how the trade bonus in the contract of John Wall would be applied if he's traded this season.

Sources say, however, that interest in trading for Wall is almost nonexistent at this point.

"There is a 99 percent chance that we would not trade for Wall, but I need to be prepared for that 1 percent," one team executive told ESPN.

Wall's trade bonus calls for him to be paid 15 percent of what is owed on is contract if he's traded. If Wall were traded now, the trade kicker could theoretically include his remaining $14.3 million this season and $123.6 million of his supermax set to begin in 19-20. For salary-cap purposes, $5.17 million would be added to each season of Wall's deal for the team acquiring him.

There's no precedent for Wall's situation and not something the NBA and NBPA saw coming during CBA talks.

"Granted, every player in this league can be traded, but the Wall extension right now is the toughest contract I have seen a team try to move in 20 years," one team executive told ESPN. "I couldn't look my owner in the eye and tell him there is value with the player even if we didn't have to trade anything of significance."


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Tags: John Wall, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwight Howard Out 2-3 Months With Lumbar Microdiscectomy

Nov 30, 2018 2:50 PM

Dwight Howard underwent an L4-L5 lumbar microdiscectomy on Friday. The procedure went as planned with no complications.

The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins in Marina Del Rey, CA, and was recommended after consultation with Dr. Watkins and Wizards Director of Medical Services and Orthopedist Dr. Wiemi Douoguih determined that the disc herniation was causing severe nerve irritation and gluteal pain.

Howard’s progress will be re-evaluated in approximately two to three months.

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Dwight Howard Could Undergo Surgery For Gluteal Injury

Nov 30, 2018 9:05 AM

Dwight Howard will likely need a procedure to provide relief from a gluteal injury that has frequently sidelined him this season.

Howard received the recommendation from a nerve specialist in Los Angeles. If Howard undergoes the surgery, he could miss a significant portion of the season.

Howard aggravated a piriformis muscle injury in a Nov. 18 game against Portland, and has missed 12 of the Wizards' 21 games this season.

Howard signed a two-year, $11 million free-agent deal with the Wizards during the offseason.

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Wizards Used Team Meetings To Stop 'Embarrassing' Start To Season
The Wizards players talked formally following the leaks of their volatile practice.

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Bradley Beal Refutes Report Of Wanting Trade From Wizards
The Wizards are widely reported to be open to a trade of either Bradley Beal or John Wall.

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John Wall Has Very Few Teams Interested In Trading For Him
Bradley Beal has considerably more trade value for the Wizards than John Wall.

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Wizards To Sign Okaro White
Okaro White played 41 games with the Heat over the 16-17 and 17-18 seasons.

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Wizards In No Rush To Trade Either John Wall Or Bradley Beal
League executives believe Bradley Beal could generate a bigger return on the trade market than recent trades involving Blake Griffin and Kawhi Leonard.

Fred Katz/The Athletic

Bradley Beal Voiced Frustrations With Wizards' Organization During Practice
Ernie Grunfeld was reportedly a target of Bradley Beal during practice.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

John Wall Fined By Wizards For Verbal Barrage Against Scott Brooks
John Wall apologized to Scott Brooks in the minutes after cursing him while apologizing to his teammates the following day.

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Wizards Ready To Discuss John Wall, Bradley Beal Trade
Washington's preference has been to reshape their roster around John Wall and Bradley Beal.

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Kelly Oubre Jr. Signs Off The Court Deal With Converse
Kelly Oubre will wear Nikes on the court and Converse off the court.

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Wizards Waive Chasson Randle
Chasson Randle didn't appear in any games with the Wizards.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Trade Kicker Makes Trading John Wall Before 19-20 Problematic For Wizards
If the Wizards were to trade John Wall before then, they could possibly owe him a giant lump sum.

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Wizards Sign Chasson Randle
Chasson Randle spent 2018 training camp with the Wizards and appeared in three preseason games, where he averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 assists per game.

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Markieff Morris Fined $15,000
Markieff Morris twice grabbed the uniform of Seth Curry.

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Bucks To Waive Jodie Meeks Following Trade With Wizards
The Wizards have agreed to send Jodie Meeks and cash to the Bucks.

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Wizards Waive Lavoy Allen, Chasson Randle, Chris Chiozza, Tiwian Kendley
The Wizards roster now stands at 14, which does not include their two two-way players.

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Dwight Howard Diagnosed With Piriformis Injury
The injury to Dwight Howard isn't considered serious and he will continue treatment.

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Dwight Howard Could Miss Start Of Season With Back Soreness
Dwight Howard suffered a setback on Saturday when participating in a light workout.

Candace Buckner/Washington Post

Wizards Sign Lavoy Allen, Chasson Randle, Chris Chiozza, Tiwian Kendley To Camp Deals
Lavoy Allen is on a straight camp deal while the other three players are on Exhibit 10 contracts.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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RealGM Radio: Andrew Sharp, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division
Host Danny Leroux, Mike Prada of SB Nation and Andrew Sharp of Sports Illustrated break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

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