July 7, 2020, 3:58 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard said on Tuesday that he doesn't believe surgery is an option for Bradley Beal (shoulder).
Earlier today, Beal decided he would not play during the Orlando restart due to an issue with his right rotator cuff. It was a minor problem throughout the year but Beal rarely missed any action because of it and has opted out because his shoulder wasn't responding right to his ramp-up activities. It's great news that surgery isn't in the cards, and it means Beal should be good to go as an elite fantasy option for next season. Over Washington's eight Orlando games, look for plenty of players to pick up the slack. Shabazz Napier, Troy Brown and Ish Smith will be big presences in the backcourt.
Source: Chase Hughes on Twitter
July 7, 2020, 11:50 amBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Shams Charania of the Athletic is reporting that Bradley Beal will not play in the restarted NBA season due to his shoulder injury.
Beal was reportedly torn about whether he would play but he is making the smart decision here in order to avoid the risk of further injury. The Wizards will now be without Beal and starting forward Davis Bertans when the season resumes at the end of the month, making their presence in Orlando even more meaningless.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 7:03 pmThomas BryantC, Washington Wizards
Wizards center Thomas Bryant told the media that he is "100 percent healed" from a stress fracture in his foot and is doing everything on the basketball court ahead of the NBA resumption in Orlando.
Bryant struggled to stay healthy prior to the league suspension as he played in 38 out of 64 games while the team also had him on a strict minutes limit for several of the contests that he was able to play. He is an intriguing fantasy option for the NBA restart but his recent injury history should be considered at draft time.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
July 1, 2020, 1:48 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal has not yet decided about whether he will participate when the Wizards resume play in Orlando.
The Wizards are something of a long shot to make the playoffs, so it's understandable that Beal is taking his time. The veteran has filled the stat sheet in averaging 30.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals this season.
Source: Fred Katz on Twitter
June 29, 2020, 4:51 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (torn left Achilles) will remain in Miami and continue his rehab instead of joining his teammates in Orlando.
Wall remains very unlikely to return to action prior to next season. Despite declaring that he felt "110 percent" a few weeks ago, he will keep working out on his own for the time being. It's hard to imagine Wall being a high fantasy draft choice going forward until he can prove that he's healthy.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk on Twitter
June 25, 2020, 12:21 pmJerian GrantPG, Washington Wizards
The Wizards will sign Jerian Grant, per NBC Sports Washington.
Grant has yet to appear in the NBA this season but logged 39 games with the Capital City Go-Go, Washington's G League affiliate, where he averaged 16.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds. He shot 47.5 percent from the field and 44.1 percent from deep. A defense-first player, Grant will likely operate as the team's third point guard. A true replacement for Davis Bertans he is not, but the Wizards have filled that empty roster spot now.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
June 22, 2020, 11:52 amDavis BertansF, Washington Wizards
Davis Bertans will not play in the NBA's restarted regular season in Orlando, per ESPN.
Bertans has two ACL injuries in his history and is already sitting on a big free agent contract after an outstanding campaign in Washington, so for him there is simply too much at stake considering the Wizards' minuscule chances of getting into the playoffs. Bertans surpassed all expectations this year, finishing with top 75/65 per-game value in 8/9-cat formats on the back of career-highs in points (15.4), rebounds (4.5), blocks (0.6) and threes (3.4). The Latvian sharpshooter set personal bests in every counting stat and the Wizards are supporting his choice and hope to re-sign him this summer. Expect more players to follow in Bertans' footsteps in the coming days.
June 3, 2020, 11:41 amZion WilliamsonPF, New Orleans Pelicans
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Pelicans, Blazers, Suns, Kings, Spurs and Wizards will be the six non-playoff teams resuming action when the NBA restarts.
This makes complete sense, as they're the only non-playoff teams that can sniff the postseason. Woj backs up an earlier Shams Charania report about a potential play-in tournament for the final playoff spot in each Conference as well. If the ninth seed trails the eighth seed by more than four games when the league's truncated regular season wraps up, the eighth seed makes the playoffs. If the deficit is under four games, however, the two teams will compete in a play-in tournament that is double-elimination for the eighth seed and single-elimination for the ninth.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
June 2, 2020, 8:45 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall, who has long been rumored to have absolutely zero chance of returning to the court even if the current season is resumed, said in a conference call last week that he feels "110 percent."
Wall and the Wizards both maintain that he will not return to action this season, regardless of the outcome of the vote on Thursday by the NBA Board of Governors. This is good news, obviously, for the team as they set their sights on next season. As of late, trade rumors have been swirling around the franchise's two top assets: Wall and All Star guard Bradley Beal. Moving forward, there is a high possibility that the Wizards will decide between the two, as Beal's contract will expire after next season. Which player will the Wizards keep? Who will they trade, or will they trade them both? They are hoping to have some time to evaluate how the pair plays in tandem early next season, as Wall has missed significant time with a torn left Achilles he suffered during the 2018-19 season. But it may be too late to negotiate an extension with Beal at that point, so they will have to play their cards with extreme care.
Source: The Athletic
June 2, 2020, 8:27 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Wes Unseld, a Hall of Famer and Washington Bullets legend, passed away on Tuesday due to complications with pneumonia and other illnesses. He was 74 years old.
An outstanding rebounder, Unseld is also one of only two players to ever be awarded Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season in 1968-69. He guided the Bullets to the NBA Finals four times, winning once in 1978, a series where Unseld took home MVP honors. Hornets' GM and former teammate Mitch Kupchak said of Unseld, “As a teammate, he was tough, dependable and competitive to no end.” Unseld was a fearless competitor and highly respected across the league during his 13 seasons with the Bullets franchise. Former Knicks center and fellow Hall of Famer Willis Reed recently recalled their battles against one another, "He was most consciously a rebounder — he could shoot, but he didn’t emphasize that part of his game — and felt that if he did his job right, by getting the defensive rebound and making the quick outlet pass, they would score quickly.” Unseld was undoubtedly a pioneer for the game of basketball and means a great deal to the city of Washington D.C.
Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter
May 29, 2020, 4:44 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
On Friday, the Wizards resumed holding voluntary workouts at their practice facilities.
The Wizards have joined a chorus of teams that are returning in limited capacities to their facilities at this point. The NBA as a whole is continuing its march towards the resumption of play with a target date of July 31 now established. The District of Columbia also entered phase one of reopening today, and it makes sense for the team to proceed on a similar trajectory.
Source: Candace Buckner on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 21, 2020, 5:17 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the Nets have had internal discussions for Bradley Beal of the Wizards.
If the Nets were to add Beal, they would likely have to give up Caris LeVert and/or Spencer Dinwiddie to have the salaries match. The Nets would add Beal to an already dominant duo in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, which would appear to elevate them in the race to the top in the East. However, from a fantasy perspective, this move would likely lower Beal's ceiling as there would be less usage for him playing alongside two superstars.
Source: NY Daily News
April 17, 2020, 3:39 pmJohn WallPG, Washington Wizards
John Wall (Achillies) reiterated that he will not play for the Wizards this season, even if the 2019-20 season were to resume.
While some players have been able to return to health during the COVID-19 shutdown, it appears that Wall will not be seizing the opportunity to return for this season's action. His conditioning is not where he wants it to be, and being on quarantine will make it impossible for Wall to ramp up to live scrimmages for the time being. During the 2020-21 campaign Wall will be one of the riskiest selections on draft day as he looks to return from an Achilles injury that has kept him out for the last 14 months.
Source: NBC Sports Washington
April 10, 2020, 12:39 pmShabazz NapierPG, Washington Wizards
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard says that the team is planning to retain Shabazz Napier in free agency.
The return of John Wall had a lot of people presuming that Napier would walk, but the Wizards apparently don't view his acquisition as a rental. Whether Napier wants to stay on a team that will feature Wall and Ish Smith on its PG depth chart remains to be seen, and it feels safe to guess that a different roster gives him a better path to fantasy value.
Source: NBC Sports