September 18, 2019, 1:03 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas will be sidelined for 6-8 weeks after undergoing surgery on his left thumb.
This is rough news for the Wizards, who already have John Wall on the shelf. Thomas was a candidate to start at point guard, but instead he'll have to recover from yet another injury. Thomas averaged 8.1 points and 1.9 assists in limited action for the Nuggets last campaign.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
September 18, 2019, 12:39 pmJustin AndersonSF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards signed forward Justin Anderson.
The Wizards could use depth, but Anderson's deal is non-guaranteed and he is unlikely to make a major fantasy impact. He averaged 3.7 points last season in limited action for the Hawks.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
September 10, 2019, 6:25 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
In an interview with CBS Sports, Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard reiterated that the team wants to build around Bradley Beal and have no intentions on trading the superstar guard.
Beal didn't sign a three-year, $111 million contract offer from the Wizards earlier this summer, which led to speculation that he may be leaving soon. Though, that hasn't deterred Sheppard one bit from locking down Beal, who is under contract for two more years, for the long haul. The Wizards may be forced to have a different tune if Beal doesn't sign an extension by next offseason.
Source: CBS Sports
September 6, 2019, 12:15 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura will sit out the last two games of the FIBA World Cup.
Hahcimura had his fun on Team Japan, but there was no real reason for him to play the rest of the tournament out with the team unable to move on to further rounds.
September 4, 2019, 1:47 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans is likely to join the Wizards' starting lineup over rookie Rui Hachimura, according to The Athletic's Fred Katz.
Bertans played a reserve role for the Spurs last season but should initially start for the Wizards. Hachimura was a standout for Gonzaga last season and the Wizards drafted him ninth overall. However, they may look to bring him along slowly while Bertans receives more minutes.
Source: Fred Katz of The Athletic
September 3, 2019, 10:01 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting while adding six rebounds, four assists and a steal in a loss against Czech Republic on Tuesday.
Hachimura was the lone bright spot for Japan in a game where they trailed from the beginning. The Wizards rookie looked impressive even when the Czechs double-teamed him but his effort was not enough and Japan is now most likely eliminated from the Round of 16.
September 2, 2019, 8:44 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 15 points, though on just 3-of-10 from the floor, going 9-for-10 from the free throw line in 31 minutes of a blowout loss to Turkey on Sunday.
Hachimura also had seven rebounds, two assists and two steals in the contest. Look for similar performances from the Wizards rookie this coming season as he'll be counted on for heavy minutes in their thin rotation. Ersan Ilyasova had a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds and five triples for the victors.
August 28, 2019, 7:52 pmDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
In a Q&A column, Candice Buckner of the Washington Post speculated that the Wizards could field a starting lineup of Isaiah Thomas, Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant at the beginning of next season.
Bertans comes across as the only player here that would be a bit surprsing to see in the starting lineup, mostly because it would put him out of position. Buckner makes the case that his floor spacing ability would outweigh the defensive limitations that would come from playing him there. From a fantasy perspective, he doesn't provide much aside from 3's and low turnovers, and it would likely take a big boost from his 21.5 minutes per game last season to put him on the radar for standard leagues.
Source: Washington Post
August 28, 2019, 10:10 amPhil BoothPG, Washington Wizards
The Wizards announced that they have signed Phil Booth to an Exhibit 10 contract.
Booth finished his college career at Villanova as the ninth player in the program’s history with 1,500 points and 300 assists, and he played in a school-record 148 games. He went undrafted this summer and played with the Cavs in the Summer League.
Source: Wizards PR on Twitter
August 27, 2019, 9:09 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Wizards coach Scott Brooks confirmed the story of Bradley Beal refusing to rest last season once the Wizards were out of the playoff chase.
Beal told Brooks that he signed up to be the leader of this team and do it every night and that’s why he wanted to play every game. The All-Star guard missed a ton of games a few years ago battling miscellaneous injuries, however, he has played a full 82 games each of the last two seasons and missed only five games he season before that. The Wizards will likely battle for the playoffs this upcoming season and Beal is expected to carry the scoring burden for a team looking to make some noise.
Source: Chris Mannix
August 25, 2019, 7:54 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura showed off his scoring prowess with 31 points in Japan's comeback victory over Germany on Saturday.
After a nice string of Summer League performances, Rui Hachimura is continuing his strong play in FIBA World Cup exhibition games for Japan. He can clearly get his own look in the mid-range, and the rookie should get a chance to perform for the Wizards this year. Keep an eye on Hachimura's preseason opportunities, as the competition for the Wizards' power forward minutes isn't fierce. He could be worth a late-round flyer in standard league-drafts.
Source: Mike Schmitz on Twitter
August 20, 2019, 8:46 amMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
German national team coach Henrik Rodl announced on Monday that Moritz Wagner was cut from the FIBA World Cup roster.
This might look surprising but Wagner is coming off a year where he rarely stepped into game action, while he looked out of shape in the Summer League last month. It also doesn’t help that Maxi Kleber and Daniel Theis are expected to receive the majority of the minutes in his position. Germany will now travel to China with 13 players and one more cut must be made before the start of the tournament. Wagner on the other hand will have even more time to prepare for the upcoming season with the Wizards.
August 13, 2019, 11:16 amChasson RandlePG, Washington Wizards
Chasson Randle is close to signing in China with the Tianjin Gold Lions.
The 2018 EuroLeague champion spent last season in the NBA with the Wizards averaging 5.5 points and 2.0 assists in 49 games. Randle has also played in Europe with CEZ Nymburk and Real Madrid winning the EuroLeague title in 2018.
August 12, 2019, 11:26 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura scored 35 points in a 99-89 win for Japan over New Zealand in today's warmup game.
Hachimura was the 9th pick overall and jumped a couple spots on draft day but joins a Wizards team with a wide open slot at the four. He could see some real burn during the regular season, but it's August and we're not going to get too excited over a warmup game. His game is iso-heavy and he'll have to do a lot more between the lines to be an impactful fantasy player.
August 11, 2019, 9:14 amChasson RandlePG, Washington Wizards
Free agent PG Chasson Randle is receiving interest from the Hawks, Blazers, Warriors, Bucks, Bulls and Heat according to Ben Stinar of Amico Hoops.
Of the possibilities listed here, the Heat stand as the most intriguing for Randle as they have the most need for a third PG on staff with only Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn as their other options at the position. That in and of itself highlights his fantasy ceiling for next season if he does sign with someone.
Source: Ben Stinar on Twitter