October 16, 2020, 9:45 pmGary Payton IIG, Washington Wizards
Hall of Famer Gary Payton is eager for his next chapter in the NBA, he told Yahoo Sports, and believes he is 'now ready to coach.'
He seems likely to seek coaching positions on NBA staffs. We wouldn't expect Payton to get a head coaching gig right out of the gate, like fellow Hall of Famer Steve Nash did in September. Payton has revealed that he is 'eager' to join an NBA franchise and get the next chapter of his basketball life underway. For what it's worth, Payton's son, Gary Payton II, has been a fringe NBA player for the past couple seasons after a stellar college career at Oregon State. The elder Payton could be on the NBA sidelines in 2020-21 so keep an eye out for his name during this unique offseason.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
October 2, 2020, 12:49 pmJonathon SimmonsSF, Washington Wizards
Steve Kerr praised Jonathon Simmons for his work at Warriors minicamp.
"Jonathon Simmons has had a good week of camp and still has years to offer in the NBA, in my opinion," said Kerr. We haven't heard anything about Simmons since the Wizards released him back in July of 2019, but he is still on the NBA radar. Poor shooting is one of the biggest knocks on Simmons but he does offer length from the wing spots, so it's possible that he can parlay this showing into another NBA gig somewhere.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
September 6, 2020, 4:06 pmJohnathan WilliamsPF, International
Johnathan Williams has signed with Turkish team Galatasary.
Williams was on a two-way contract with the Wizards last season, though he only made 11 appearances with the team before the league was shut down. He might pop up again after his European season ends as a mid-year add for a team that's thin up front.
Source: Galatasary Basketbol on Twitter
September 1, 2020, 9:31 amDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
The Wizards have made re-signing sharpshooting forward Davis Bertans in free agency a top offseason priority, but in order to do so they may have to outbid some teams with lots of money to spend.
Atlanta is shaping up to be particularly aggressive with his pursuit and they will have by far the most cap space this offseason of any team, while the Suns will have the seventh-most and the Knicks the eighth-most. Washington will be able to exceed the salary cap with a new contract for Bertans, as they hold his Bird Rights, but they also plan to avoid the luxury tax. The Latvian forward thrived in his first year with the Wizards, setting career-highs in points (15.4), rebounds (4.5), minutes (29.3) and triples made (3.7) and he should be one of the hottest free agents this offseason.
Source: NBC Sports
August 26, 2020, 11:06 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Amid the many unknowns facing the Wizards as they head into the offseason, GM Tommy Sheppard confirmed that Scott Brooks will be the Wizards’ coach next season, when Brooks will be in the final year of his five-year contract with the team.
Despite Washington’s 25-47 record, Sheppard lauded Brooks as the “connective tissue” in a disjointed season riddled with injuries to the team’s core players. The GM, who has officially spent just over a year as the organization’s top basketball decision-maker, reiterated that everyone, himself included, should have a year of a fully healthy roster to be properly evaluated. The Wizards will have to fix their defensive issues in the offseason but they look like one of the most interesting teams to watch next year with John Wall returning from his Achilles injury and joining Bradley Beal and a mix of young players with upside.
Source: Washington Post
August 13, 2020, 2:45 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant finished his season with a bang on Thursday, dropping 26 points with nine rebounds, two assists, four steals, two blocks and two triples.
Bryant was 10-for-15 from the floor and was dominant on both ends of the floor tonight. It helps that they played against the Celtics' B-team, but Bryant logged 33 minutes and looked healthy in the bubble.
August 13, 2020, 2:43 pmTroy Brown Jr.SG-SF, Washington Wizards
Troy Brown scored 17 points with eight boards, three dimes, three steals, a block and two triples on Thursday.
Brown had an awful night against the Bucks in his last game, but he bounced back tonight. He shot 5-for-16 from the field which isn't pretty, but the ability to rack up steals to go with his consistent 3-point shooting should give him some room to grow into a valuable asset.
August 13, 2020, 2:42 pmJohnathan WilliamsPF, Washington Wizards
Johnathan Williams hauled in a career-high 16 rebounds to go with an assist, a block and five points on Thursday.
The Wizards were without Rui Hachimura which meant Williams got some extra run. He had done nothing of value in fantasy leagues prior to tonight, so we congratulate him on ending his season with a bang.
August 13, 2020, 2:40 pmIsh SmithPG, Washington Wizards
Ish Smith had 11 points to go with a game-high eight dimes while adding a steal and two blocks on Thursday.
Smith was the beneficiary of some extra playing time and he made the most of it. If you had him in any lineups, props to you as he didn't do much with his playing time in the last outing.
August 13, 2020, 11:32 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura (right quad) has been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
Hachimura was a late scratch with right quad soreness. Rui has played well in the bubble and will finish his rookie season with 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Jonathan Williams will step up and start in his place.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 10:40 amShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier (ankle) has been ruled out once again and will miss Thursday's contest against the Celtics.
After previously being listed as available, Napier has since been ruled out for the Wizards' final game of the season. Napier has failed to provide any value since the restart and will finish the year averaging 10.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Ish Smith, Troy Brown Jr. and Jerian Grant will combine to pick up the extra minutes at point for Washington.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
August 12, 2020, 5:45 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Shabazz Napier will be available for Thursday's tilt vs. the Celtics after missing the last two games with a sprained right ankle.
Napier struggled mightily before going down with an ankle sprain, disappointing fantasy GMs who drafted him in the middle-rounds of resumption leagues. It is possible that he returns value for the last game of the season so Napier's worth a look if he is on the wire.
Source: NBA Injury Report
August 12, 2020, 1:33 amThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant played just 26 minutes in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks, finishing the game with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, adding eight rebounds, two 3s, one assist and one block.
Bryant has been a solid mid-round play for the duration of the Wizards' seeding games, able to chip in across multiple categories for well-rounded performances most of the time. He's going to be someone you shouldn't sleep on in 2020-21 fantasy drafts.
August 12, 2020, 1:30 amTroy Brown Jr.SG-SF, Washington Wizards
Troy Brown Jr. could barely buy a bucket on Tuesday, shooting a dismal 3-of-15 from the field for nine points, six rebounds, one 3-pointer and three assists.
The Wizards were outclassed in this game, falling for the stifling defense of the Bucks, who still managed to squeeze out the win despite resting over half of their starting five. TBJ has shown some renewed spunk over the NBA restart in Orlando and should play better than this on most nights.
August 12, 2020, 1:28 amRui HachimuraPF, Washington Wizards
Rui Hachimura connected only on 6-of-18 shots from the field but still managed to wind up with a team-high 20 points on Tuesday, adding five rebounds, three treys, five rebounds and one assist.
It was not a pretty sight, given that the only real highlight to Hachimura's line tonight was his 20 points, and yes, also probably his 5-of-6 shooting run at the line, but it was overall a lackluster showing. He's still an interesting project player for this rebuilding team, but Hachimura will need to evolve into a more complete player, if he is to be taken seriously in fantasy.