Player News - Wizards

Date: Team: Pos:

Austin Rivers (neck spasms) sat out the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

Rivers should be fine with a few days of rest, so we'd expect the Wizards to take it easy on him through the early days of camp. Rivers could step into a sort of sixth man role with the Wizards this season, but as long as John Wall and Bradley Beal are healthy, it'll be tough for him to see much more than 25 minutes a night. He's worth drafting in most settings.
Sep 25 - 2:13 PM

Dwight Howard (back) is expected to miss Washington’s first practice, and possibly more sessions, as he deals with soreness in his back.

Not an ideal way to being training camp. Howard says the back pain is partly the result of traveling to China. "Airplanes weren’t made for tall people. It kind of sucks flying 15 hours curled up in the fetal position. Just a minor setback, but should take that long for me to get back on the court. I’ve been feeling great all summer. Just something that we’ll have to deal with, but it shouldn’t keep me out too long." Howard is downplaying the problem, but he does have a history of back problems, having undergone surgery in 2012 to repair a herniated disc. We'll keep an eye on this situation over the next couple of weeks.
Sep 25 - 10:49 AM

Coach Scott Brooks made it clear that he wants Otto Porter to take more 3-pointers this season.

The Wizard coaching staff wants to increase their 3-points attempts in 2017-18, and Porter is the team's best shooter. Brook's instructions to Porter: "Shoot the ball every time you get an open shot. Do not hesitate." Brooks added: "He's one of the best perimeter shooters in the league, and we need more threes. We've been trying to do that for two years, and we've got one of our best shooters passing up shots." An increase in 3-point attempts will lift Porter's fantasy stock.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 25 - 9:29 AM

Dwight Howard (back) is considered day-to-day.

Already? Coach Scott Brooks doesn't believe it's serious and said it's just sore, but any time we see a back issue for Dwight it's a cause for concern. If Howard can't stay healthy this season, we could get a look at intriguing second-year center Thomas Bryant.
Sep 24 - 11:37 AM

Troy Brown Jr. will have a tough time cracking the rotation his rookie year in Washington.

Brown was one of the younger prospects to enter the draft at just 18 years old, and current lack of a 3-point shot will make it tough for him to find meaningful minutes in the rotation. The Wizards added Austin Rivers and Jeff Green this summer, giving them extra depth on the wings, so we may only see Brown during blowouts for the first few months of the year. He's not someone to target in most settings.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 19 - 11:28 AM

Lavoy Allen has signed a training camp deal with the Wizards.

Allen has been working out in D.C. over the past few weeks, and apparently, he impressed management enough to earn a camp invite. He'll be competing for the final regular-season roster spot at camp, but even if he makes the team, he'll be irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Sep 19 - 10:45 AM

Ty Lawson and Tyrone Wallace reportedly went in for a workout with the Pelicans this past week.

The Pelicans have plenty of depth at the point guard position, so it seems unlikely that this workout will result in a contract for either of these guys. Regardless of where these two wind up, it's unlikely either one will find themselves in a situation where they're relevant in fantasy hoops.
Aug 25 - 11:42 AM

The G League recently expanded to include a team affiliated with the Wizards, the Capital City Go-Go.

The Go-Go selected from unprotected players in the G League pool on Wednesday, taking 14 players including NBA veterans Lavoy Allen and Alonzo Gee. They also took center Stephen Zimmerman, but have since traded him to the Westchester Knicks for the rights to Chasson Randle. Even if some of these players earn 10-day contracts, they're unlikely to appear on the fantasy radar.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 3:36 PM

Dwight Howard says he has lost 23 pounds this summer and wants to play until he is 40.

Howard's trainer says that D12 weighed in at 285 pounds with 12.5 percent body fat when they first began working together in 2017. Now, Howard is down to 265 pounds with 3.3 percent body fat. His trainers are aiming to re-shape his game as well. By slimming down, Howard wants to be able to get up and down the floor quicker in transition. He's also shooting more 3-pointers in practice. "It’s either evolve, adapt or get left behind," said Howard.
Aug 14 - 12:39 PM

The Wizards, Knicks and Hornets lead the NBA with 15 back-to-back sets for the 2018-19 season.

This is important to note after Wall had some issues with his knee last year, and had knee issues even before the 2017-18 season. The Wizards also have eight of those in the 2019 portion of the season, so that could be another factor for those considering Wall in the early rounds of fantasy drafts.
Aug 10 - 5:41 PM

The Wizards are poised to sign Jordan McRae to a two-way contract, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

The Orange Mamba will always have at least some clout in the fantasy world for his 36-point finale to end the 2016-17 season, but he hasn't done too much besides that game. McRae is already 27 years old and likely won't see much time while the Wizards are healthy.
Aug 9 - 7:16 PM

Scott Brooks believes that Dwight Howard's rebounding ability will lead to Washington playing at a higher tempo.

"We want to play fast," Brooks said. "How do you play fast? You don't play fast by getting the ball out from the net. You've gotta get it off the rim and get it out and run." Washington ranked 18th in the league in both pace and defensive rebounding percentage last season, and that was with the tandem of Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi getting the minutes at center. By comparison Charlotte, where Howard averaged 12.5 rebounds per game last season, ranked 8th in pace and first in defensive rebounding percentage. Doing a better job on the boards would get John Wall and company more opportunities in the open floor, which could only help for fantasy purposes.
Aug 9 - 5:46 PM

Wizards forward Markieff Morris said Tuesday that he's "finally 100 percent."

Morris believes that his play "will speak for itself," which is a far cry from where he was last summer as a sports hernia sidelined him for the start of the 2017-18 season. Morris being healthy heading into the 2018-19 season is big for him, as he's entering the final year of his current contract. Morris averaged 13.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last season, but his role could change due to the arrival of Dwight Howard. Morris said that the move was a "great pickup," and he believes Howard to be a "perfect" fit. We'll see how the rotation shakes out when training camp begins.
Aug 8 - 9:02 PM

The Warriors called Dwight Howard about signing with them and he "thought about it."

"But once John sent me that message," Howard said. "I was like man. I couldn't tell him at first, but I was like 'man, I'm going to be a Wizard.' That was my mindset." There were reports that he was interested in signing with the Warriors, but it turns out it was John Wall's recruiting that steered him away. Howard will be an upgrade from Marcin Gortat for the Wizards.
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 30 - 11:41 AM

Chasson Randle has agreed to a deal with the Wizards.

The Wizards have been searching desperately for a point guard since John Wall's photo at Team USA camp went viral. All jokes aside, the former Knick is likely going to sign a training camp deal and doesn't have a clear shot at minutes right now behind Wall, Tomas Satoransky and Austin Rivers.
Jul 27 - 9:09 PM


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