Ethan Norof and Dan Besbris dig into the mess in Washington and whether anyone behind Brad Beal can actually find consistent fantasy value next year.
June 25, 2019, 10:52 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
After winning the NBA Cares Community Assist Award on Monday, All-Star guard Bradley Beal said that he is “definitely” open to discussing a contract extension with the Wizards this summer.
The 25-year-old shooting guard was snubbed from the 2019 All-NBA teams and therefore missed out on being eligible for a so-called “supermax” contract extension, but he remains eligible for a multiyear extension in July. And while his name surfaced in trade rumors following John Wall’s season-ending achilles’ injury in February, Beal said that Ted Leonsis and coach Scott Brooks have each independently told him in recent weeks that he would not be moved.
Source: Washington Post
June 22, 2019, 5:07 pmJabari ParkerPF, Washington Wizards
Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports is reporting that the Wizards will not be picking up Jabari Parker's option for next season, but that both sides are interested in negotiating a new deal.
Nobody expected Washington to be picking up Parker for $20 million next season, but news that both sides would like to try and work something out together is a worthwhile update. Parker averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 threes on .493 from the field across 66 games with the Bulls and Wizards last season, carving out late-round value in standard formats. That feels like a safe outcome to project if he stays with Washington, as his stat set doesn't leave a ton of room for improvement even if his playing time increases.
Source: Yahoo Sports
June 22, 2019, 4:12 pmBobby PortisPF, Washington Wizards
According to Tony Jones of The Athletic, Bobby Portis has "significant interest" joining the Jazz.
Jones is the top Jazz writer on the circuit, so this is worth taking seriously. Portis put together a solid finish to his season with Washington and wound up with borderline top-100 value, and the Jazz have a big opening at the four spot with Derrick Favors potentially headed elsewhere and Jae Crowder just traded to Memphis. Portis would give the team some balance, offering more shooting and mobility than Favors with more rebounding than Crowder. There are surely more suitors out there, but it would be a good fit if BP does indeed end up in Utah.
Source: Tony Jones on Twitter
June 20, 2019, 10:49 pmJonathon SimmonsF, Washington Wizards
The Sixers have shipped Jonathon Simmons and the 42nd pick of the 2019 draft to the Wizards for cash considerations.
Jonathon Simmons didn't really fit into the Sixers' long-term plans and this move helps them clear some space and add cash to add Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris back on to the roster for the long haul.
Source: Keith Pompey on Twitter
June 19, 2019, 8:54 amTomas SatoranskyG/F, Washington Wizards
As expected, Tomas Satoransky was included in Czech Republic’s preliminary squad for the FIBA Basketball World Cup which will take place in China this summer.
The 20-man roster also includes former first round pick Jan Vesely and big man Petr Herman, who is back in Europe after playing four years of college basketball at Loyola Marymount. Czech Republic will participate in Group E against the United States, Turkey and Japan. Sato is entering free agency this summer and it’s likely that he is able to secure a deal before the start of the World Cup.
June 18, 2019, 10:01 pmBobby PortisF, Washington Wizards
Bobby Portis, who will likely become a restricted free agent after the Wizards extend a qualifying offer, is expected to be pursued by at least 5-10 teams once free agency begins.
Among the teams that are reportedly interested in Portis are the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Bucks, Magic and the Knicks among others. If the Wizards extend the $3.6 million qualifying offer to Portis, they will have the chance to match any contract offer Portis receives from another team.
Source: NBC Sports
June 18, 2019, 9:00 amBradley BealG, Washington Wizards
According to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington, the Pelicans have a “sincere interest” in exploring a trade for Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal.
The Wizards seem to be determined to keep Beal, but they currently don’t have a general manager, and perhaps their stance could change. The basis for trading Beal centers on maximizing his asset value with two years and $56 million remaining on his original five-year contract signed in 2016. Washington will likely struggle next season with fellow guard John Wall out and an evolving roster that currently has only five players with guaranteed contract. Beal is coming off an outstanding season in which he averaged a career-highs of 25.6 points and 5.0 rebounds, and almost single-handedly kept the Wizards in a chase for a playoff spot until the season’s final weeks.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
June 5, 2019, 1:31 pmBradley BealG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal will be among the players present at Team USA training camp ahead of the FIBA World Cup.
Beal was snubbed for the All-NBA teams this year but his play deservedly caught the eye of Team USA. The latest batch of invitees features some big names, including Damian Lillard, Kevin Love, Jayson Tatum, C.J. McCollum, Brook Lopez, Kyle Kuzma and Eric Gordon. James Harden, Anthony Davis, Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell are also expected to play for Team USA this summer.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 19, 2019, 11:38 amBradley BealG, Washington Wizards
The Lakers are looking at adding a litany of veteran players via trade this offseason, including: Kyle Lowry, Derrick Favors and Bradley Beal according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
The Lakers acquiring the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA draft will make them all the more competitive on the trade market. It has been well documented how LeBron James' teams have preferred established players over rookies, and that should be no different after coming off of the disaster that last season's Laker team was. The connection between the Lakers and Beal has been established for months, but it's worth keeping in mind as we get closer to the draft. Aiming to add vets like Lowry and Favors also makes sense, but obviously Beal would be the big get of that bunch.
Source: Sporting News
April 22, 2019, 11:52 amJeff GreenF, Washington Wizards
Jeff Green expressed that he would like to return and play for the Wizards during the 2019-2020 season.
"I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]." Green was very consistent and was on a friendly contract, but the direction in which the organization wants to go remains unclear. Green may need to find a new home given the plethora of depth the Wizards have at the forward position.
Source: Chase Hughes of NBC Washington
April 18, 2019, 12:35 pmDwight HowardC, Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard is likely to pick up his $5.6 million player option for next season.
Howard was limited to nine games because of back/glute problems, so it's not surprising that he'd quickly opt in as it'd be surprising if another team offered him that much on the open market. His presence is going to be a headache for fantasy players that are already looking at Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis for next year.
Source: The Athletic
April 13, 2019, 4:04 pmDevin RobinsonF, Washington Wizards
Devin Robinson was arrested on Saturday morning after getting into a fight with Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills.
The Wizards responded by saying they would not be offering Robinson a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season. Robinson will be a free-agent this summer after spending this past season on a two-way contract with the Wizards, playing in 22 games.
Brad Beal was the real deal, but not much else worked out for Washington
Dwight Howard's opt-in wasn't surprising, but it's yet another hurdle for the Wizards