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Bradley Beal On Retiring As A Wizard: 'I'm All About Loyalty'

Feb 17, 2019 12:49 PM

Bradly Beal reaffirmed his loyalty to the Washington Wizards over All-Star weekend.

“If I can retire in this jersey, I will. I’m all about loyalty...I’m gonna be committed until I’m not, until I’m moved. That’s just my mindset. I’m gonna continue to lead and continue to do what I possibly can to help get us to that. I’m a firm believer that no matter who we have — I think I can do it with anybody. I feel like it’s possible with anybody as long as you have that work ethic and that dedication to get to that level," said Beal during a moderated Q&A session.

Beal added that he doesn't like having to recruit to build a super team, but the Warriors set the standard.

“I kinda hate it. I hate super teams. And that’s just me. … Like everybody, just get your own team and just try to win with what you’ve got. But it’s like you need five All-Stars to win, especially to beat Golden State at this point. Granted, that’s everybody’s measuring stick: Golden State. They’ve got four, five, six guys on their team that are probably All-Stars, so it speaks for (itself).”

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Ted Leonsis Calls Sports Betting 'The Most Important New Business' For NBA

Feb 16, 2019 6:37 PM

Ted Leonsis and Vivek Ranadive have been vocal about the potential benefits that sports betting could provide the NBA, with Leonsis calling it "the most important new business" for the league.

"Right now, the people who go to casinos to gamble, it's a small community and it generates $8-10 billion a year in revenues and play. But there's probably $100 billion that's in the shadows by really sophisticated gamblers. And obviously the first step is we want to get that audience that's gaming illegally to come into the sunlight," said Leonsis.

The two have focused on real-time betting during games, which they call "predictive gaming". The Wizards have experimented with an alternate feed of Wizards games showing updated, real-time odds. 

The Kings will introduce a lounge this season where premium seatholders can place bets on the score or player performance for virtual credit. 

"The arena is the game console. And your phone is the controller for the game console. So we're only limited by our imagination," says Ranadive.

 

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Tags: Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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John Wall Undergoes Successful Achilles Surgery, Out 12 Months

Feb 13, 2019 12:29 AM

John Wall underwent successful surgery to repair a rupture in his left Achilles.

Doctors discovered an infection following his initial surgery on his heel. The rupture was discovered while cleaning out the infection. 

Wall is expected to be out 12 months.

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Bradley Beal Travel No-Call Causes Dispute Between League Executive, NBRA

Feb 13, 2019 12:21 AM

NBA vice president of referee development and training Monty McCutchen disagreed with the National Basketball Referees Association's interpretation of a non-travel call on Bradley Beal.

The call in question took place during the 4th quarter of the Wizards' loss to the Pistons on Monday. Beal took two steps following a gather step, lost control of the ball and took two more steps to get past Blake Griffin's contest, then passed the ball to Trevor Ariza.

"The offensive player gathers with his right foot on the ground. He then takes two legal steps, before losing control of the ball. After regaining possession, a player is allowed to regain his pivot foot and pass or shoot prior to that foot returning to the ground. This is legal", tweeted the NBRA.

McCutchen disputed what Beal did after losing control of the ball.

"Bradley Beal gathers the ball and takes two steps, but then loses control of the ball. Once he has lost control after taking the two steps, he must regain control and pass or shoot before taking another step in order to be legal. Since he does not regain control until another step, the play is a travel."

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John Wall On Playing Through Injuries: 'It Kind Of Caught Up To Me'

Feb 10, 2019 1:05 PM

John Wall said his attempts at playing through injuries finally caught up to him after he recently ruptured his Achilles. 

"I guess God is telling me something. To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I've played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don't sit down. That's one thing I don't like to do. If something that's nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me," said Wall.

Wall was already out for the season after getting surgery to repair bone spurs in his heel. The Achilles rupture was discovered after a doctor was cleaning out an infection in the area.

"I understand I had an infection and getting off antibiotics, I felt like something wasn't going right. I slipped, but I don't think that's the main reason...my pain was still the same. I didn't have discomfort," added Wall.

Wall also stated that Bradley Beal should start in the All-Star Game.

"I felt like he should have been an All-Star starter, with the numbers he's put up and carrying this team throughout the year. You don't see too many other guards doing that other than probably James Harden."

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RealGM Radio: Trade Deadline Special

Feb 7, 2019 11:58 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) breaks down a wild trade deadline with Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA), Tim Cato (@tim_cato) and Fred Katz (@FredKatz) of The Athletic.

They discuss how Philadelphia acquiring Tobias Harris affects their long-term future, Dallas’ huge move for Kristaps Porzingis, Washington becoming a seller and much more.

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Trevor Ariza Looking To Re-Sign With Wizards

Feb 7, 2019 2:52 AM

Despite trade rumors linking him to the Los Angeles Lakers, Trevor Ariza is "enthusiastic" about re-signing with the Washington Wizards this offseason.

The Wizards got under the luxury tax threshold by trading Markieff Morris and Otto Porter.

The trades also gave the Wizards financial room to re-sign Ariza. 

 

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Wizards Trade Markieff Morris To Pelicans, No Plans To Move Bradley Beal

Feb 7, 2019 1:23 AM

The Washington Wizards traded Markieff Morris and a 2nd-round pick in 2023 to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson.

Trading Morris and Otto Porter earlier in the day puts the Wizards under the luxury tax threshold. 

The Wizards have no plans to move Bradley Beal before the deadline. 

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Bulls Acquire Otto Porter From Wizards For Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker

Feb 6, 2019 7:44 PM

The Washington Wizards have agreed to trade Otto Porter Jr. to the Chicago Bulls for Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker and a 2023 second round pick.

Washington previously was reluctant to discuss a trade of Porter.

The Wizards will have a team option on Parker for 19-20.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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Lakers Renew Interest In Trading For Trevor Ariza

Feb 5, 2019 5:06 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers have renewed their interest in trading for Trevor Ariza.

The Lakers attempted to trade for Ariza earlier in the season, but the Phoenix Suns instead dealt him to the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards have since fallen out of playoff contention.

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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".

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

Candace Buckner/The Washington Post

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

Shams Charania/The Athletic

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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Wizards Not Interested In Trading Otto Porter For Future Assets, Cap Relief
Otto Porter has two seasons remaining on his current deal.

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Ted Leonsis: Wizards Will Never, Ever Tank
Ted Leonsis referenced the way the 76ers tanked several seasons to build their current team and that it is not a path the Wizards will take.

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Bradley Beal: Wizards Will Make Playoffs
Beal is averaging 29.8 points since Wall's season-ending injury.

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Wizards Apply For $8.6M Disabled Player Exception
The exception would come due to the loss of John Wall for the remainder of the season.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Wizards Hope To Build Sportsbook Within Arena
The Wizards are one of the NBA teams most eager in looking to leverage gambling opportunities.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Alternate Broadcast Of Wizards Game Focused On Real-Time Betting
The alternate broadcast will feature point spreads and over/under odds on the main graphic, as well as a $500 predictive contest.

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Wizards Waive Ron Baker
The Wizards signed Ron Baker shortly after he was waived by the Knicks.

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Bradley Beal: #3 Jersey Is Tribute To 'Idol' Dwyane Wade
Beal and Wade exchanged jerseys following the Heat-Wizards game.

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Markieff Morris Out Six Weeks With Transient Cervical Neuropraxia
Markieff Morris first began experiencing neck and upper back stiffness on Dec. 16.

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John Wall To Undergo Heel Surgery, Will Miss Remainder Of The Season
Wall had been playing through heel pain for over a year.

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John Wall Sits Out With Heel Injury, Will See Foot Specialist
Scott Brooks said Wall has managed issues with his heel for years.

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Thomas Bryant Makes 14 Field Goals Without Missing In Perfect Shooting Game
The 21-year-old Bryant finished the game with a career-high 31 points and 13 rebounds.

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Wizards Agree To Sign Ron Baker
Ron Baker was recently released by the Knicks.

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