July 26, 2019, 10:47 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Now that he is eligible, Bradley Beal is not expected to immediately sign his three-year $111 million contract extension offered by the Wizards according to David Aldridge of The Athletic.
In a move that surprises nobody, Beal will wait before committing to a Wizards' team whose direction remains in flux. Aldridge adds that the two sides have been amiable in their talks and will continue them next week. The overwhelming sense though is that Beal will hold off on any long-term commitments in the near future.
Source: David Aldridge on Twitter
July 25, 2019, 1:04 pmCJ MilesSF, Washington Wizards
Newly acquired Wizards guard C.J. Miles is set to undergo surgery on his left foot, and an update will be provided in six weeks.
The oft-injured 14-year NBA vet is little more than a deep reserve on the Wizards as they look towards a rebuild a youth movement. While Miles had some bright moments after he got playing time with the Grizzlies piling up the injuries last year, he'll need a similar scenario again this year to find value.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
July 23, 2019, 2:01 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal will not participate in Team USA training camp or play in the World Cup as he's expecting the birth of his child in late August or early September.
Amidst a wave of players withdrawing to focus on the upcoming season, Beal brings a far more legitimate reason to the table. It's widely expected that the Wizards will offer up a three-year, $111 million extension the second they can, though whether Beal wants to sign up for a long-ish term future in Washington remains to be seen. With John Wall out of the picture for next season, Beal is looking at another monstrous fantasy season and will be a surefire early-round pick.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
July 23, 2019, 8:47 amJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that John Wall “probably won’t play at all” next year as he is recovering from a torn Achilles.
Nothing new here, Wall ruptured his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home and he is not expected to resume any basketball activity until at least February of 2020. The Wizards are not expected to be very competitive this year and it makes sense to take it slow with Wall’s rehab. Owners should only stash him in dynasty leagues.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
July 19, 2019, 9:05 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura will play for Japan in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Fresh off of a Summer League Second Team selection, Hachimura will continue to flash his impressive scoring acumen as one of Japan's most talented players. Heading into his rookie season, Hachimura will have a very good shot at playing time on a Wizards team that has open minutes virtually everywhere across the roster.
July 17, 2019, 11:10 amChasson RandlePG, Washington Wizards
With two open roster spots plus a two-way contract available, the Hawks have a couple more moves to make and Chasson Randle could be an option for them.
Jaylen Adams was waived on Saturday before his contract became guaranteed, while GM Travis Schlenk said he wants to add a veteran to the roster and fill the two-way spot. The Hawks intend to keep one roster spot open for flexibility during the season, so we should expect two more moves before the offseason ends. Behind Trae Young, the Hawks have only Evan Turner who can play backup point guard so there is a need for the position. Randle played last season with the Wizards where he averaged 5.5 points, 2.0 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 15.2 minutes and 49 games. He saw increased time toward the end of the season but was not extended a qualifying offer and is an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 15, 2019, 5:27 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
The 2019 Summer League Second Team is comprised of Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Anfernee Simons, Jaxson Hayes and Chris Boucher.
Of the bunch, Hachimura looks the most likely to be fantasy-relevant this season. He's going to have a great chance to log minutes for a Wizards team that's short on depth at the forward spots. In three games in Vegas, Hachiumra averaged 19.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. Walker is looking to crack the rotation after an injury-plagued rookie season but might have a hard time outplaying San Antonio's capable guards. Simons could slot into the Portland backcourt with the departure of Seth Curry while Boucher is the reigning G-League MVP and Hayes looks like an interesting long-term prospect next to Zion Williamson in New Orleans.
Source: NBA on Twitter
July 14, 2019, 8:17 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal has yet to receive a contract extension offer from the Wizards, according to Candace Buckner of the Washinton Post.
Beal will be eligble to sign a three-year contract extension worth $111 million with the team on July 26. It's reported that the team intends to make the offer and that Beal has expressed in staying a Wizard for the rest of his NBA career as long the team would have him. He's a young star that established himself as an elite talent last season, but the Wizards are in a half-baked rebuild holding pattern right now and there's some speculation that they could move on. That said, it's unlikely that they will not lock in their best talent for the long haul.
Source: Washington Post
July 13, 2019, 8:26 pmMoritz WagnerPF, Washington Wizards
Moritz Wagner paced all Wizards players on Saturday with 20 points (6-of-14 shooting), adding eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
Wagner has a promising appeal surrounding him at the moment. Given how thin the Wizards' frontcourt is, Wagner has a real shot at earning meaningful minutes once the regular season tips off, so keep an eye on him in camp and the preseason.
July 13, 2019, 8:47 amAdmiral SchofieldPG, Washington Wizards
Admiral Schofield has agreed to a three-year rookie contract with the Wizards.
After four Summer League games, Schofield is averaging 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.3 blocks in 20.8 minutes. The Wizards currently have seven wings under contract battling to start across from Bradley Beal so playing time may be difficult for the 42nd overall pick to amass. The Wizards are also now currently one player over the regular season roster size limit.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 11, 2019, 8:56 pmRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura led the Wizards with 25 points and nine boards on Thursday night in the win over the Hawks.
Hachimura has been strong throughout the Summer League and should get all the opportunity to play for a very uninspiring Wizards squad.
July 10, 2019, 1:09 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
The Wizards have announced the signings of Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith.
And now fantasy owners can begin speculating on which player will start, as the Wizards have nobody else to contend with Thomas and Smith at the point guard spot. Smith has proven to be a strong backup and capable fill-in starter, but he's looked overmatched when given the reins for an extended length of time. Thomas is coming back from some terrible injuries and simply wants a chance to prove that he can still play. Both players make for fine fliers late in drafts until we hear who's starting, and Thomas is the play with the higher upside.
Source: Washington Wizards
July 10, 2019, 1:46 amAdmiral SchofieldPG, Washington Wizards
Admiral Schofield put up a team-high 16 points (4-for-9 FGs, 7-for-7 FTs) with five rebounds, an assist, a block and a triple in defeat on Tuesday night.
A four-year college player, Schofield is actually one of the oldest forwards left on the Wizards. The second-round pick could eventually be on the fringes of fantasy usefulness as a rookie. Moritz Wagner had a decent game off the bench with 13 points, six rebounds and a 3-pointer in 19 minutes.
July 10, 2019, 12:30 amTroy Brown Jr.SF, Washington Wizards
Troy Brown (left knee contusion) has been ruled out for remainder of Tuesday night's Summer League game against the Clippers.
Brown had just two points on two shots in seven minutes before exiting the game. He's been looking much-improved this summer and could be someone to watch in case he nabs a starting role on a shallow Wizards team next fall.
Source: Washington Wizards on Twitter
July 9, 2019, 1:18 pmIsaiah ThomasPG, Washington Wizards
Isaiah Thomas says he is 100 percent healthy and ready to produce at a high level again.
Thomas said that he went into free agency with the mindset of finding a team that would give him the most opportunity to show that he is back to his old self. With the Wizards, Thomas finds ample opportunity as John Wall is looking unlikely to play this year after the team submitted an injury exception and Tomas Satoransky is now on the Bulls. The 30-year-old Thomas is just three years removed from finishing in the top five in MVP voting and is going to make for an intriguing late-round gamble in fantasy drafts due to his diffence-making abilities pre-injury.