Washington Wizards WiretapDecember 2010 Washington Wizards Wiretap

Wizards Gauging Interest In McGee, Blatche?

Dec 29, 2010 7:55 AM

The Wizards are shopping JaVale McGee and Andray Blatche to see how much interest there might be, according to a report.

The two were involved in an altercation outside of a Washington D.C. club last week, but it isn't known whether the team's decision to shop the big men is a direct result.

Washington signed Blatche to an extension over the summer that runs through 2015.

CBS Sports

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Blatche 'Very Sorry For Incident' With McGee

Dec 27, 2010 8:42 AM

Andray Blatche issued an apology on Sunday after he and teammate JaVale McGee were each suspended for one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

The pair missed Sunday night's loss to the Spurs after they had a dispute outside of an area club last week.

"I'm very sorry for the incident," Blatche wrote in a text message to The Washington Post. "I had no intention of this ever happening. I apologize for my behavior, to my family, the whole Wizards organization, my fans, my teammates and coaches."

McGee also expressed regret on his Twitter account. "I wanna apologize to the fans and the [W]izards organization for the immature acts that I was involved in," he wrote.

Washington Post

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Wizards Suspend Blatche, McGee One Game

Dec 25, 2010 11:59 PM

Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that forward Andray Blatche and center JaVale McGee have both been suspended one game for conduct detrimental to the team.

“After further investigation into an incident on Thursday night, we concluded that Andray and JaVale conducted themselves in an unprofessional manner,” said Grunfeld.  “As a result, both players will be suspended for tomorrow’s game at San Antonio.”

Press Release

Tags: Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards, NBA

Knicks, Warriors, Wizards Interested In Telfair

Dec 25, 2010 7:53 AM

With Jonny Flynn back for the Timberwolves, teams are showing interest in Sebastian Telfair, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Spears, the Knicks, Warriors and Wizards are interested.

Telfair is averaging 7.4 points and 3.4 assists per game this season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sebastian Telfair, Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Washington Wizards, NBA

Wizards Deny Report Of Blatche-McGee Fight Outside Club

Dec 25, 2010 7:23 AM

The Wizards are denying a Washington Post report that Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee were involved in an altercation outside a local nightclub early Friday morning.

The two teammates were involved in a dispute outside the Shadow Room, according to the Post.

"The team looked into the matter earlier today and determined it was simply a disagreement between teammates," a Wizards spokesman said in a statement to the paper.

In a text message to The Post, Blatche denied there was any issue between him and McGee.

"Only one push cause we was tryin to leave and it was fights around us. Why would we fight we are team mates," Blatche wrote.


Tags: Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee, Washington Wizards, NBA

Arenas Thanks Fans For Support In D.C.

Dec 21, 2010 8:06 AM

Gilbert Arenas spent more than seven seasons with the Wizards and even though the end wasn't very positive, he took the time to thank the fans for their support.

Arenas played his first game with the Magic on Monday night, but sent a message to Chris Miller of Comcast SportsNet to rely to Washington's fans.

The statement read as follows:

"I know it didn't end like I would have liked. I had a great time playing in Washington -- they made me feel like a rock star while I was here. I wish I could have took them further than the second round.

"I wanna thank Mr. and Mrs. Pollin, Ernie, Eddie, every teammate I went to war with on that basketball court. Thanks [sic] you for believing in me.

"I wanna thank Mr. Leonsis for giving me a chance to regain some basketball respect back in my career, and I hope nothing but the best from him and the Wizards.

"Last but not least I want to thank the great fans of Washington. It was an honor playing for you guys for 8 years.

"I hope when it's all said and done. I entertained you when you entered those doors at the MCI/Verizon Center and can forgive me as a man for the mistakes I've made."

Yahoo! Sports

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Lewis Admits Trade 'Surprised' Him

Dec 21, 2010 7:51 AM

Rashard Lewis doesn't want any sympathy in the wake of being traded from a playoff contender to a team well under .500.

"When I got traded, a lot of people were feeling sympathy for me, and I said I don't want it," Lewis said during his introductory press conference. "I'm a basketball player. The trade happened, and so be it. I'm just going to go out here and be professional."

Lewis was inactive for Washington's game against Charlotte on Monday night. Orlando had Gilbert Arenas in their loss to Atlanta.

He acknowledged he was "a little surprised" about the trade given the success the team had together.

"You most definitely use (the trade) as motivation," Lewis said. "It is definitely going to fuel me. I'm the type of guy that's been doubted growing up from high school to the NBA. I feel like there's always something in front of me that's challenging me, and I just look at this as another challenge."


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Wizards Re-Sign Hudson; Waive Gee

Dec 20, 2010 3:55 PM

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld announced Monday that the team has signed point guard Lester Hudson.  

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not announced.

Hudson appeared in six games earlier this season for Washington, before being waived on November 22nd to make room for Alonzo Gee.  

Gee appeared in 11 games (five starts) for the Wizards, and averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.

RealGM Staff Report

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Wall Has Bone Bruise, Wizards Looking For Depth At PG

Dec 20, 2010 8:19 AM

John Wall visited a doctor on Friday and discovered that the ailment that has kept him sidelined the past three games is not knee tendinitis, but a bone bruise under his right kneecap.

"I had a feeling it wasn't just tendinitis," said Wall.

"I was like, 'If it's tendinitis, I would've played through it.' Tendinitis is very painful, but I played through it summer league, I play through it now. I couldn't do no squats or I couldn't really run or I couldn't cut, so I knew it had to be something more than that."

The first overall pick from June's NBA Draft may not be able to play at all this week.

Washington executive Ernie Grunfeld says the team will look to add another point guard.

"We'll probably look to bring in someone to back him up," Grunfeld said. "Because of John's injury situation and the trade, we'll probably have to bring in somebody else. There's nothing structural [with Wall]. But until the pain subsides, we're not going to rush him back, that's for sure."

Washington Post

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Orlando Acquires Arenas, Richardson, Turkoglu

Dec 18, 2010 5:06 PM

In two separate trades, the Magic officially acquired Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Earl Clark on Saturday.

Orlando sent Rashard Lewis to the Wizards in exchange for Arenas.

Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2011 first round pick and $3 million in cash was sent to Phoenix in exchange for Richardson, Turkoglu and Clark.

RealGM Staff Report

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Magic, Wizards Announce Arenas For Lewis Trade

The Orlando Magic have acquired three-time NBA All-Star guard Gilbert Arenas from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Rashard Lewis.

Press Release

Obama Won't Attend Heat-Wizards Game
The Wizards had preparations in place to have Barack Obama attend Saturday's game against the Heat.


Orlando To Acquire Arenas, Richardson, Turkoglu
The Magic will have a completely reshaped team following two major trades.

Yahoo! Sports

Magic To Include Lewis For Arenas?
The Magic are in trade talks to acquire Gilbert Arenas.

Pinstriped Post

Yi Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained Knee

Yi Jianlian sprained his knee in Washington's loss to the Lakers on Tuesday night.


Saunders Expects Wall To Deal With Tendinitis Over Long-Term

John Wall may have to play through right knee tendonitis for years to come.

Washington Examiner

Arenas Still Feels He Was Judged Unfairly

Gilbert Arenas doesn't feel it's worth explaining what happened in the locker room with Javaris Crittenton.

Yahoo! Sports

Grunfeld Withholding Judgment On Wizards
The Wizards recently had to use three different starting lineups in the same number of games.

Washington Post

Wall Takes Himself Out Of Game Seconds Before Tip

John Wall took himself out of Wednesday's game at Sacramento just seconds before tipoff.


Josh Howard Hoping To Return In Two Weeks

Josh Howard is still rehabilitating from left knee surgery.

Washington Post

Arenas Fine With Reserve Role For Now

For the time being, Gilbert Arenas will come off the bench for Washington.

Washington Post

Smith Denies Talking To Wizards About Arenas Deal

Gilbert Arenas has been linked to the Magic for several months.

Orlando Sentinel

Magic May Be Discussing Trade For Arenas

Gilbert Arenas trade rumors involving the Magic have resurfaced.

Orlando Pinstriped Post

Hilton Armstrong Suspended For Shove

Hilton Armstrong was ejected for pushing Joel Anthony in the third quarter on Monday night.