Bombs away! Wizards crush 76ers in preseason opener

THE HIGHLIGHTS THE CLIFF NOTES VERSION For one night, at least, the Washington Wizards were the team their fans have dreamed of all offseason — running and gunning and throwing down three pointers in a 129-95 demolition of the visiting Philadelphia 76ers in the preseason opener for both teams. Washington’s 129 points are particularly impressive when you recall that these...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 3 pick Okafor impressive in NBA debut as 76ers fall to Wizards

WASHINGTON -- Otto Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Porter shot 8 of 10 and made all four 3-point attempts. Living up to offseason expectations of taking more shots from beyond the arc, Washington sank 15 of 26. Rookie...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Porter, Wizards dominate 76ers for 129-95 win

WASHINGTON (AP) Otto Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams. Porter shot 8 of 10 and made all four 3-point attempts. Living up to offseason expectations of taking more shots from beyond the arc, Washington sank 15 of 26. Rookie...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards pick up team option on Otto Porter's contract

The Washington Wizards have unsurprisingly decided to pick up the fourth-year team option on Otto Porter's contract, per The Washington Post.It's worth $7.7 million during the 2016-17 season, and even though Washington wants to keep their books as flexible as they can (Kevin Durant, remember?), this is far too great a bargain for any team to pass up. The team had until Halloween...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal: Wizards want to eliminate long twos from their offense

The best offenses in basketball don't have much of a relationship with the mid-range jump shot. There are exceptions to this rule (the Los Angeles Clippers had the best offense in basketball last year and their two best players—Blake Griffin and Chris Paul—both utilize the mid-range a ton), but those teams love the three-point line just as much, if not more.The Washington Wizards...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards’ New Offense Could Spark Huge Season Numbers

Bradley Beal #3 of the Washington Wizards takes a shot against the Memphis Grizzlies on March 12, 2015 at Verizon Center in Washington, DC. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Ned Dishman/NBAE /Getty Images) The Washington Wizards won 46 games a year ago which was good enough for the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference. When you have all-star caliber talent the likes of John Wall and...
Via The Sports Journal
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Kelly Oubre Jr. getting embraced as 'little brother' by Wizards teammates

The Washington Wizards are a relatively old basketball team. Their best players are considerably young (John Wall is 25 and Bradley Beal is 22), but so many other contributors on the roster are veterans. Kelly Oubre Jr. is definitely not a veteran. The rookie is one of the youngest players in the entire league, and here's what he recently told The Washington Post about his status...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards reveal new 'Baltimore Pride' uniforms

The Washington Wizards have a lot going for them right now. John Wall and Bradley Beal have a chance to be the best backcourt in the NBA this season, and Kevin Durant may hop aboard next summer. Then the organization had to go and reveal these new alternate "Baltimore Pride" uniforms, and all the positive energy in Washington D.C. magically disappeared.These are, in two words, ...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal: Wizards have not offered any contract extension

Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards are at an impasse negotiating his contract extension. The two sides have until Halloween to get a deal done, but right now Beal's asking price may be a bit too rich for Washington's blood.The 22-year-old is worth a max contract so that's what he wants. But Washington doesn't want to pay him just yet. They reportedly offered something less,...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

2015-16 Fantasy Basketball: Assessing Value in Contract-Year Players

Besides being 7-feet tall, owning fleets of cars and having Drake on speed dial, basketball players are no different that any other human beings. Like us, they are mapping out their future every day, with the goal of filling their man purses with money for the remainder of their careers. For as long as fantasy sports has existed, we as owners have targeted players that will be entering...
Via The Fantasy Fix
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards G John Wall ready to put playoff loss behind him

WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Wizards guard John Wall has finally ready to stop thinking about how last season ended. Wall injured his wrist in Washington's Game One win over Atlanta in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. He returned to play in the final two games, but the Wizards were eliminated four games to two. ''I did that all summer,'' Wall said when asked during the team's media...
Via AP on Fox
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Three questions the Wizards face heading into training camp

With training camp about to tip off, here’s what to watch for as your favorite team prepares for the 2015-16 season. Some of these questions will be answered quickly; others could linger into the regular season. Either way, here are three things that will define the first month of this new season: How much better will Bradley Beal be? Bradley Beal’s stalled contract negotiations...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Wizards' Bradley Beal wants to 'eliminate those long twos'

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal is one of the smoothest shooters in the universe. In three NBA seasons, the 22-year-old has made exactly 40 percent of his threes, improving his accuracy every year.  But Beal loves mid-range jump shots, too, which drags down his ceiling as an efficient offensive weapon. Last year, just over 40 percent of his total field goal attempts came between...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Five bold NBA All-Star picks in 2016

Every season, there are many unsung heroes that will create great value for an NBA team through hustle rather than flash, and therefore may not be recognized individually as an NBA All-Star. For example, Kawhi Leonard willed his San Antonio Spurs to a championship in 2014 as the NBA Finals MVP, but he did not garner serious consideration as an All-Star that year. Typical (and somewhat...
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Wizards guard Bradley Beal wear a headband this season?

The headband can be a basketball player's most identifiable accessory. LeBron James wore one for years, had it knocked off during the 2013 NBA Finals, then proceeded to demolish the San Antonio Spurs sans headband. (He was headband-less during the 2015 Finals, as his Cleveland Cavaliers fell to the Golden State Warriors.)Rajon Rondo's play in recent years has felt like it depends...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Kevin Durant be swayed by Washington's new practice facility?

It's no secret that the Washington Wizards badly want to sign Kevin Durant next summer. And beyond molding a quality basketball team that's competitive and able to win a title right away, the organization is confident their brand new practice facility will help convince Durant (and other free agents down the line) that Washington D.C. is the right option.Here's more on the building...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal, Wizards Make No Progress On Extension Talks

Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards continue to not make much progress on an extension. Beal wants a max extension but any deal that starts at more than his cap hold would compromise the Wizards' cap space. The Wizards continue to think of themselves as suitors for Kevin Durant. Beal would become a restricted free agent if a deal is not reached.
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27 days ago  |  Discuss

Bradley Beal Could Be An Allstar This Upcoming Season

The Washington Wizards have to be grateful to have John Wall and sharp shooting Bradley Beal in their backcourt. They’re arguably the best backcourt in the NBA. Both of them are the main reason why the Wizards have had back to back 40+ win playoff seasons. Even though Beal has yet to play a full season without getting hurt, he still shows how dominant he can be. This past season...
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September 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Still no progress in negotiations between Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal

It's now September and contract talks between the Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal are still stuck in neutral. There's still plenty of time for both sides to hammer out a new contract (October 31st is the deadline), but so far nobody will budge. Here's more on the situation, courtesy of CSN Mid-Atlantic's J. Michael:We've been over this numerous times. Beal wants a max contract...
Via Fox Sports
September 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Washington Wizards need Bradley Beal to have a breakout season

The Washington Wizards have high expectations heading into the 2015-16 season, but none of them will be met if Bradley Beal doesn't break out and become a star. Going beyond the obvious, SB Nation's Bullets Forever writes here about how important Beal is for Washington's short and long-term future:Beal's contract situation may grab all the headlines, but what's far more important...
Via Fox Sports
September 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Will the Indiana Pacers’ “steals” help them steal a playoff spot?

In the recently released NBA Rookie Survey, the Indiana Pacers newly signed rookie Joe Young was voted the biggest steal in the NBA draft by his peers. The second round draft selection was named to the Orlando All-Summer League team after an impressive showing in which he led all rookies in scoring with 22.5 points per game. Myles Turner, who also was selected to the Orlando...
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Washington Wizards won't give Bradley Beal the max contract he desires

The Washington Wizards and Bradley Beal have yet arrive at contract terms that would make both parties happy. Beal wants a maximum extension. The Wizards don't want to soak up next summer's cap space by giving him one before they absolutely have to. It's a tough but far from hopeless situation. Here's the latest, courtesy of CSN Mid-Atlantic's J. Michael:"Bradley Beal has made it...
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August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Bradley Beal wants a max contract, Wizards not willing to give him one just yet

Washington Wizards fans have been waiting for the 2015-16 NBA season for the past two years. Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant becomes a free agent at the end of the season and many believe the Wizards will be the front-runner for him. But in order to get Durant, the Wizards have to keep their talented back-court together. While John Wall has already signed an extension...
Via No Guts, No Glory
August 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Wiz unwilling to give Beal max extension he wants

    The dominoes are beginning to fall for the 2012 NBA Draft class with more and more contract extensions getting hammered out as the days go by. This summer has already seen fellow incoming fourth-years Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, and, more recently, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist agree to new long-term deals with their respective teams. Now, the Washington Wizards and guard Bradley...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Celtics should monitor the Bradley Beal situation

The Washington Wizards do not want to give its number 3 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Bradley Beal, a max contract. At least right now. According to J. Michael of CSN Washington, the Wizards are telling the three year vet to prove it in 2016. Bradley Beal has made it clear. He thinks he’s a max player, and that’s what he wants. I’ve talked to people on both sides all...
Via Celtics Life
August 25, 2015  |  Discuss
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