November 20, 2018

BREAKING: Washington Wizards trade for PF Markieff Morris at Trade Deadline

(Photo by: Rick Scuteri/ Associated Press)

(Photo by: Rick Scuteri/ Associated Press)

The Washington Wizards traded a protected, applicable to picks 1-9, first-round pick as well as the expiring contracts of Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to the Phoenix Suns for stretch-four forward Markieff Morris, 26.

Morris (6-10, 245) was the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and has averaged 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds during his career. The talent has never been in question as he can be a serviceable stretch-four option, but is attitude is of greatest concern. Morris recently was seen choking teammate Archie Goodwin on the Suns bench after previously throwing a towel at his then head coach, Jeff Hornacek.

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Washington Wizards Game 47 Review: Wiz fourth quarter comeback stalls against Suns

The road-weary Washington Wizards started slowly, gained momentum, almost pulled even, but eventually faltered, as their fourth quarter comeback stalled and the Wizards fell to the Phoenix Suns 106-98 on Wednesday.

The Wizards (31-16) ended  up splitting their West Coast swing, sandwiching wins against Denver and the Lakers with losses to Portland and the Suns. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 26 Review: Phoenix Ends Wizards Streak

SUNS END WIZARDS SIX-GAME WIN STREAK

In a rare loss at home, the Washington Wizards fell to the Phoenix Suns 104-92 inside the friendly confines of the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

REPORT: Wizards trade Okafor & pick to Suns for Marcin Gortat

According to multiple sources, the Washington Wizards on Friday traded Emeka Okafor and a protected 2014 first round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for center Marcin Gortat, Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee. According to The Washington Post, the team expects to release Brown, Marshall and Lee.

“We have solidified our frontcourt by adding a player who has established himself as a very consistent and productive inside presence over the last three seasons,” Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld said via press release.  “Marcin’s ability to rebound, defend and score will allow us to continue where we left off last season and pushes us further toward our goal of becoming a playoff team.”

Gortat, 6’11”, 240, averaged 11.1 points and 8.5 rebounds last season for the Suns. He missed the last 21 games of the season with a right foot injury, though he did play summer ball in his native Poland. Gortat is in the last year of a contract that will pay him $7.7 million this season.

Okafor has missed the Wizards training camp with a herniated disk in his neck and it’s still to be determined when he can resume basketball activities. He averaged 9.7 points and 8.8 rebounds last season in 79 games. Okafor is in the final year of his $14.5 million per season deal.

The 2014 first round pick is protected through the No. 12 overall selection.

This move further signifies the Wizards insistence on making the playoffs this season, though it hardly ensures anything beyond this year. The team is unlikely to re-sign Gortat short of an All-Star campaign, and they surrender a high pick in what should be a very deep draft class next year. GM Ernie Grunfeld has made every move this off-season with an eye toward the post-season, and the revenue that is associated with that distinction, even if those moves aren’t necessarily long-term in thinking.

Washington Wizards Game 67 Wrap: Beal injures ankle as Wizards beat Suns 88-79

The Washington Wizards (24-43), who have been starved of road wins throughout this season, overcame defensive blunders and 21 turnovers to top the Phoenix Suns (23-46) 88-79 Wednesday night at US Airways Center.

There wasn’t much to write home about in this matchup. The Wizards looked a bit worn from travel and their much-needed boost came not from the usual suspects, but from the bench – particularly Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin in the second quarter. [Read more…]

Washington Wizards Game 65 Wrap: Webster posts career-high 34 points as Wiz shut down Suns

Martell Webster single-handedly put on a show for the 16,882 in attendance Saturday night as the Washington Wizards (23-42) dominated the Phoenix Suns (22-45) to record a 127-105 win at the Verizon Center.

To say Webster was on top of his game would be a gross understatement. By the end of the night, he was skipping around the court like a kid playing a pickup match with neighborhood friends. [Read more…]

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