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Dwight Howard To Opt-In To Player Option, Will Return To Wizards Next Season

Apr 19, 2019 2:00 AM

Dwight Howard is set to opt-in to the second-year of his deal with the Washington Wizards, according to Zach Lowe. Howard will make $5.6 million next season.

Howard played just 9 games last season, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds.

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John Wall Has 'No Idea' If He Will Play Next Season

Apr 10, 2019 1:10 AM

John Wall didn't know if he would be ready to play next season as he recovers from a torn Achilles injury.

"I have no idea just yet. That's my goal. ... That's my mindset, where I'm pushing toward. But whenever the doctors clear me and get to that point, then I will know. I think it was finally at the point when it was weaker and it was going to give out,'' Wall said, "so I'm glad it gave out then instead of me being four months ahead in rehabbing," said Wall.

Wall also said he wouldn't mind if the Wizards picked a point guard in the upcoming draft.

"You have to do what's best for the team and make sure that we have pieces. And when I come back, he can be a great backup to me," Wall added with a smile.


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Wizards Sign Tarik Phillip

Apr 9, 2019 5:01 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Tarik Phillip.

Phillip (6-3, 185) averaged 14.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 47 games for the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League this season. He played in Hungary and Spain last season following his career at West Virginia University.

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Wizards Sign Jordan McRae To Standard NBA Contract

Apr 9, 2019 5:00 PM

The Washington Wizards have signed Jordan McRae to a standard NBA contract. 

Originally signed to a two-way contact prior to the season, McRae has averaged 5.9 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 27 games for the Wizards and was named to the 2018-19 All-NBA G League First Team for his play with the Capital City Go-Go, Washington’s G League affiliate.

In 31 games with the Go-Go this season, McRae led the NBA G League in scoring at 30.4 points per game, becoming just the second qualified player to average over 30 points per game over the last 12 seasons in the league. He scored in double-figures in all 31 of his appearances (including a 54-point game), while also leading the league in 40-point (six) and 30-point (19) outings. McRae broke Antonio Blakeney’s record for consecutive 30-point games with a 10-game streak from January 15 to March 2 – a stretch where he averaged 37.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game. In his 27 games with the Wizards, McRae scored in double figures seven times and scored at least 20 points twice, including a season-high 21 on March 27 at Phoenix.

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Bulls Nearly Traded Jabari Parker To Lakers For Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Michael Beasley

Apr 9, 2019 11:16 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers had a tentative deal in place with the Chicago Bulls on the weekend of January 25th for Jabari Parker.

The Lakers were set to trade Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Michael Beasley in the deal for Parker.

But Caldwell-Pope had to approve any trade and had not yet signed off on the deal. The deal remained in limbo until January 28th when Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Bulls realized the Lakers would not move forward with any trades until the Davis situation played itself and moved on. Chicago eventually traded Parker and Bobby Portis to the Washington Wizards for Otto Porter Jr.

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Bradley Beal On Supermax: Money Is Not The Problem

Apr 8, 2019 8:50 AM

Bradley Beal could become supermax eligible this offseason if he is an All-NBA selection, but that may not secure his future with the Washington Wizards.

“My biggest concern, just like I tell everybody else, is just making sure that we’re going in the right direction. It’s easy to secure money. Money is not the problem,” Beal said. “I already have one max contract, and I can live off that and be cool. So, money is not the problem.”

The Wizards are between general managers after firing Ernie Grunfeld, which adds to the uncertainty of the situation.

“It’s, what are we gonna do here moving forward?” he said. “It starts with getting a new GM and building up our team this summer. I’ll definitely give it a lot of thought. It’s not an easy decision. It’s not a simple one, either. So, (it’s a) game of chess this summer.”

Beal told The Athletic at the end of March that he has “no idea” whether he would accept a super-max offer if the Wizards were to extend it to him.

“I try not to (think about it),” he said. “I’m not gonna be naïve to it. I know about it. But … I haven’t even gotten that far, because I need to figure out what we’re gonna do in this offseason, where we’re going, which direction we’re going.”

Ted Leonsis has told Beal he wants him to remain involved in the team’s offseason plans. 

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Wizards Waive Wesley Johnson

Apr 6, 2019 9:04 AM

The Washington Wizards have waived forward Wesley Johnson.

Johnson appeared in 12 games for the Wizards and averaged 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. 

Johnson was originally acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans on February 7 in exchange for Markieff Morris and a 2023 second round pick.

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Wizards Will Bring Back Scott Brooks As Head Coach In 19-20

Apr 3, 2019 9:37 AM

Despite the dismissal of Ernie Grunfeld, the Washington Wizards will not consider also firing Scott Brooks as head coach for next season.

Brooks was hired as head coach of the Wizards in 2016 on a five-year, $35 million deal.

Washington won 49 games in Brooks' first season as head coach before dropping to 43 wins in 17-18.

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Wizards Looking At Nuggets' Tim Connelly To Replace Ernie Grunfeld

Apr 2, 2019 9:35 PM

The Washington Wizards are looking to hire Tim Connelly from the Denver Nuggets to replace Ernie Grunfeld as the president of basketball operations.

Connelly, who began his career as an intern for the Wizards, has impressed with his work in building the Nuggets.

Connelly signed a new contract extension with the Nuggets just two months ago.

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Wizards Fire Ernie Grunfeld

Apr 2, 2019 2:56 PM

The Washington Wizards have fired Ernie Grunfeld as team president.

Tommy Sheppard has been named the interim general manager with a search for Grunfeld's replacement underway.

“We did not meet our stated goals of qualifying for the playoffs this season and, despite playing with injuries to several key players, we have a culture of accountability and a responsibility of managing to positive outcomes,” said Ted Leonsis. “I wish to thank Ernie for his service to the Washington Wizards. He and his family have been great leaders in our community and have worked tirelessly to make us a top NBA franchise.”

Grunfeld had been with the Wizards since the 03-04 season.

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Bradley Beal Not Sure If He Would Sign Supermax Extension With Wizards
Bradley Beal has emerged as a contender for one of the All-NBA selections this season.

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Kings, Wizards Discussed Otto Porter Jr. Trade At Deadline
The Kings eventually pivoted to a deal with the Mavericks for Harrison Barnes, while the Wizards dealt Porter to the Bulls.

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Rudy Gobert, Bradley Beal Named NBA Players Of The Week
Rudy Gobert averaged 16.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.25 blocks as the Jazz went 3-1.

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Bradley Beal On Retiring As A Wizard: 'I'm All About Loyalty'
Beal added that he plans on recruiting players to the Wizards during All-Star weekend.

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Ted Leonsis Calls Sports Betting 'The Most Important New Business' For NBA
Leonsis and Ranadive have focused on "predictive gaming" where fans can place wagers on the score and player performance in real-time.


John Wall Undergoes Successful Achilles Surgery, Out 12 Months
The Achilles rupture was discovered while cleaning out an infection on his heel.


Bradley Beal Travel No-Call Causes Dispute Between League Executive, NBRA
Bradley Beal took two extra steps after losing control the ball, sparking a discussion between Monty McCutchen and the NBRA.

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John Wall On Playing Through Injuries: 'It Kind Of Caught Up To Me'
Wall will be out for 11 to 15 months after rupturing his Achilles.


RealGM Radio: Trade Deadline Special
Host Danny Leroux breaks down a wild trade deadline with Derek Bodner, Tim Cato and Fred Katz of The Athletic.

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Trevor Ariza Looking To Re-Sign With Wizards
The Wizards got under the luxury tax threshold by trading Otto Porter and Markieff Morris.

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Wizards Trade Markieff Morris To Pelicans, No Plans To Move Bradley Beal
Trading Morris and Otto Porter puts the Wizards under the luxury tax threshold.

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Bulls Acquire Otto Porter From Wizards For Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker
Washington previously was reluctant to discuss a trade of Otto Porter.

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Lakers Renew Interest In Trading For Trevor Ariza
The Lakers attempted to trade for Trevor Ariza earlier in the season.

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John Wall Out 12 Months With Ruptured Left Achilles
John Wall suffered the rupture after slipping and falling in his home.

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Jazz, Blazers, Mavericks Interested In Otto Porter Jr.
Otto Porter has a player option for the 20-21 season.

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Wizards Will Not Trade Bradley Beal, John Wall, Otto Porter Jr., Will Make Playoff Push
Leonsis said that the idea of tanking was "offensive".


John Wall: DeMarcus Cousins Considered Joining Wizards
Scott Brooks said they needed a center who could contribute immediately following the Marcin Gortat trade.

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Wizards Awarded Disabled Player Exception For John Wall Worth $8.6 Million
The Wizards have until March 11th to use the exception.

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Jazz Interested In Otto Porter
Otto Porter has a player option in the 2020 offseason.

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Wizards Sign Gary Payton II To 10-Day Contract
Gary Payton II has spent this season in the G League, averaging 19.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 3.4 steals in 13 games.

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