Washington Wizards Wiretap

Bradley Beal Reveals He's Recruited By Opposing Players During 'Almost Every Game'

Oct 20, 2021 10:45 AM

While Bradley Beal has maintained that he plans to remain with the Washington Wizards, his situation continues to be monitored by team executives and opposing players. 

Players even try to recruit him during games.

“Almost every game we play, someone says something,” Beal said.

Beal could leave the Wizards during the 2022 offseason or re-sign on a five-year, $242 million deal.

“It brings you back to college. Which school is the right school? Which team is the right team?” Beal says. “You love the fact that people see your game and would love to play with you. But it’s also tough on the back end, because you have no idea what you want to do.”

Tommy Shepherd replaced Ernie Grunfeld in 2019 and has remade the roster.

“All the things that we’ve talked about two years ago to now, he can judge on the actions, not on the words and promises,” Sheppard says. “We’re going into year three of a plan to be more competitive every year. It’s not a win now. It’s win more.”

“Shep played the hand he was dealt,” Beal said. “He had to clean up some things to shape it the way he wanted to and I’m definitely impressed with it. The way he made moves, he was able to save us without giving up crazy picks or assets to go get what we wanted.”

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Wizards Exercise 22-23 Options On Deni Avdija, Rui Hachimura

Oct 20, 2021 9:16 AM

The Washington Wizards have picked up their 2022-23 rookie scale team options for Deni Avdija and Rui Hachimura. It's the third-year option for Avdija and the fourth-year option for Hachimura.

Avdija was drafted with the ninth pick of the first round at the 2020 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-9 wing then played in 54 games with 32 starts as a rookie. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Hachimura battled some injuries during his sophomore season in the NBA, but showed notable improvement. Hachimura started all 57 games he played and upped his minutes per game to 31.5. The Gonzaga product averaged 13.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. Hachimura improved his shooting to 47.8% overall and jumped up to 33% from behind the arc.

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Daniel Gafford, Wizards Agree To Three-Year, $40.2M Extension

Oct 19, 2021 7:30 AM

Daniel Gafford has agreed to a three-year, $40.2 million extension with the Washington Wizards. Gafford is now signed through the 25-26 season.

The Wizards acquired Gafford last March from the Chicago Bulls.

Gafford averaged 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17.7 minutes over 23 games with the Wizards.

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Wizards Claim Joel Ayayi Off Waivers

Oct 17, 2021 6:53 PM

The Washington Wizards claimed Joel Ayayi off waivers. Ayayi was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers over the weekend. He'll now fill one of the Wizards Two-Way spots.

Ayayi went undrafted out of Gonzaga at the 2021 NBA Draft. He then signed with the Lakers and started all five of the team's Las Vegas Summer League games.

Washington's roster is now at the maximum of 15 players on standard contracts and two players on Two-Way contracts. The Wizards other Two-Way player is Cassius Winston.

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Wizards Waive Jay Huff, Jordan Schakel

Oct 14, 2021 8:41 AM

The Washington Wizards waived Jay Huff and Jordan Schakel. Both players were signed to non-guaranteed training camp contracts. There is no cap hit for Washington.

Huff went undrafted out of Virginia at the 2021 NBA Draft. He played in four games for Washington at Las Vegas Summer League. Huff then appeared briefly in two preseason contests.

Schakel went undrafted out of San Diego State. He also played in four Summer League games, and appeared briefly in two preseason games.

Both Huff and Schakel are expected to join the Capital City Go-Go of the G League as Affiliate Players.

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Bradley Beal Not Expected To Make Quick Decision On Extension Wizards Will Offer On Friday

Sep 30, 2021 4:40 PM

The Washington Wizards can officially present a four-year, $181.5 million extension to Bradley Beal on Friday.

Beal previously signed a two-year, $72 million in October 2019.

Tommy Sheppard said in an interview earlier this month the team plans to offer the extension “at dawn.”

Beal, however, will take slightly more time to decide. 

“My biggest thing is getting us off going to a good start,” Beal said Monday, after noting the deal is for Sheppard, team owner Ted Leonsis and his agent Mark Bartelstein to figure out. “We worry about the contract money and all that later. I’ll let them deal with it when the time comes, for sure. I got all year to sign, too. So I’m not in a rush.”

Beal could stand to earn roughly $50 million more if he waits and chooses to become a free agent in 2022. Beal will by then have reached 10 years of service in the NBA and be eligible for a contract worth 35 percent of the salary cap.

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RealGM Radio: Nekias Duncan, Mike Prada On The Southeast Division (2021)

Sep 27, 2021 4:53 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nekias Duncan of The Dunker Spot podcast and BasketballNews (@NekiasNBA) and Mike Prada of Prada’s Pictures Substack (@MikePradaNBA) break down the NBA’s Southeast Division.

They discuss how the Heat, Wizards, Magic, Hornets and Hawks fared in the off-season, including which teams improved and what moves stood out. The three also predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Bradley Beal Reveals He Isn't Vaccinated For 'Personal Reasons'

Sep 27, 2021 2:41 PM

Bradley Beal has revealed that he is not vaccinated against COVID-19 though he declined to share why.

"Personal reasons," said Beal.

Beal contracted COVID-19 in July and was forced to skip the Olympics. Beal's chances of contracting COVID-19 increased by not being vaccinated.

"I would ask the question to those who are getting vaccinated 'why are you still getting COVID?'" said Beal. 

Beal doesn't believe his vaccination status will be a distraction.

"I don't think it will be. We're going to play basketball and do that at the highest level. We have protocols and things in place to make sure we're taken care of and tested regularly."

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Kings Were 'Steaming' After Lakers Walked Away From Buddy Hield Trade Talks

Sep 27, 2021 12:54 PM

The Sacramento Kings were left "steaming" when the Los Angeles Lakers pivoted away from trade discussions centered on Buddy Hield and executed a deal for Russell Westbrook.

The Kings had no idea the Lakers were even competing for a Westbrook deal.

The parameters of the deal centered on Hield for Kyle Kuzma and Montrezl Harrell.

“I was kind of shocked because I thought I was going to Sac,” Kuzma recently said on the “No Chill with Gilbert Arenas” podcast. “The Sacramento deal, with Buddy Hield, that [expletive] was done.”

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Russell Westbrook Called Ted Leonsis To Push Wizards For Lakers' Trade

Sep 27, 2021 11:39 AM

Following the Los Angeles Lakers' exit in the first round of the playoffs, the front office explored trading for stars such as Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook.

LeBron james set up a war room of his own at his house for some in-person player meetings while leading remote communications in other conversations. 

Those talks and others led the Lakers to the conclusion that Westbrook was the best solution. Westbrook came away expecting a trade to the Lakers, but the efforts were stymied by the Washington Wizards' refusal to make him available. 

“No one thought that Russ would get out,” said one source close to the discussions told The Athletic.

On the morning of the draft, Rob Pelinka decided he had no choice but to move on to their backup plan of Buddy Hield.

Westbrook heard the Lakers were ready to move on.

“That set Russ off,” one source said. “All he wanted, by any means, was to be a Laker.”

Westbrook then called Ted Leonsis for a personal favor of finding a way for him to be traded to the Lakers. 

“(Westbrook) took control of his situation,” one involved source said.

The Wizards softened their stance and Tommy Sheppard called Pelinka to initiate conversations that culminated in a trade.


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Rui Hachimura Out Indefinitely With Undisclosed Personal Reason

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Garrison Matthews Agrees To Non-Guaranteed Deal With Celtics

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Clippers Were Never Interested In Russell Westbrook

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Wizards Re-Sign Cassius Winston To Two-Way Contract

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Wizards Hire Joseph Blair As Front Of Bench Assistant Coach

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Spencer Dinwiddie Has $10M Partial Guarantee In Year 3 Of Contract

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Pacers, Wizards Summer League Opener Postponed

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Raul Neto, Wizards Agree To Deal

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Spencer Dinwiddie To Wizards On Three-Year, $62M Deal In Five-Team Trade

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Derrick Rose Received Interest From Pelicans, Bulls, Heat, Wizards Before Re-Signing With Knicks

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Robin Lopez Agrees To One-Year, $5M Deal With Magic

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Spencer Dinwiddie Close To Three-Year, $60M Deal With Wizards

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Alex Len, Kings Agree To Two-Year, $7.65M Deal

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Spencer Dinwiddie To Wizards Loses Momentum, Pelicans Could Prioritize Him

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Wizards Were Discussing Deals To Build Around Russell Westbrook, Bradley Beal As Draft Day Began

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Spencer Dinwiddie To Wizards Gains Momentum With Kyle Kuzma Or Montrezl Harrell Going To Nets

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Bradley Beal Had No Issue With Wizards Trading Russell Westbrook

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Spencer Dinwiddie To Receive Interest From Nets, Wizards, Knicks, Heat, Raptors

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LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook Recently Met To Discuss Teaming Up

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