August 28, 2015

Washington Wizards: 2015 Summer League Statistics and Insight

The Wizards have played there three preliminary Summer League games and have been seeded #20 to start the tournament. They went on to beat the #13 seed Utah Jazz Wednesday but lost to the #4 seed New Orleans Pelicans Thursday. The Wizards will play the Hawks today at 10 PM EST as a part of the consolation bracket.

Below you can find the teams statistics broken down by players and sorted by total minutes played. The first table details the summer totals, while the subsequent table are per game averages. You can return to this post for updated stats throughout the Wizards Summer League games.

Keep in mind that Former Terp Dez Wells has not and likely will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Toure’ Murray has also been limited by injury and LaQuinton Ross has just recently rejoined the staff after being cut from the minicamp roster, yet brought back because of Wells’ injury.

With the absence of any major offensive threats, much in part because of the injuries to Wells and Murray, Kelly Oubre has been the team’s primary option to score. Scott Machado and Jarrid Famous have been pleasant surprises for the Wizards because of this passing and rebounding abilities, respectively. Unfortunately, there currently is no room on Washington’s roster for either to earn a roster spot without a trade or buyout of the likes of Martell Webster or DeJuan Blair.

After starting the first two games at shooting guard, similarly to Otto Porter last summer, Oubre started his third summer league performance at his true small forward position. For second round pick Aaron White, the third game was not a blessing as he was demoted to come off of the bench after starting the first two games.

Although the Wizards have lacked offensive flow during the half court set, including incredibly cold shooting (6 of 52) from beyond the three point line, the young core have done an excellent job of aggressively drawing contact in order to get to the free throw line. The Wizards have over 30 chances at the charity stripe per game and have scored nearly 30% (70 of 236) of their total points in such a manner.

UPDATED (on 7/16/15): The Wizards got off to a hot shooting start against the Jazz with an opening act of 33 points in the first quarter. However, the Wizards were just 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from the field the last three quarters. Besides the likes of Oubre, Machado, and Famous who have been filling up the stats sheet, Damion James, Orlando Johnson, Shawn Jones, and Jamil Wilson are starting to have an impact as well.

UPDATED (on 7/17/15): Seth Curry was too much for the Wizards and showed that Oubre might not be quite so ready to be a shut down defender in the NBA, though the skill set is there. Jarrid Famous sat for most of the game, playing just 8 minutes, as the Wizards wanted to get a better look at Shawn Jones in a small ball lineup. Machado was impressive again as he put a heavier emphasis on the scoring aspect of his game shooting 7 of 14 from the field for a team high 17 points.

UPDATED (on 7/18/15): Kelly Oubre clearly saved his best Summer League performance for the end. The Kansas product finished with a game high 30 points on an efficient 9 of 14 shooting from the field including 5 of 7 from three point territory. Oubre would also sprinkle in 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and a block in his 33 minutes of work. On another note, Jarrid Famous did not see playing time after only getting 8 minutes of work the previous night because of a personal matter. Similarly, Scott Machado was only given three minutes of playing time while former Wisconsin Traevon Jackson was given the bulk of the point guard duties off the bench. It is likely that both Famous and Machado have already secured training camp invites from the Wizards and the coaching staff was looking to evaluate the other talent on the roster.

UPDATED (on 7/20/15): The Wizards breakout C Jarrid Famous has agreed to a partially guaranteed 1-year deal with the Dallas Mavericks who are still in search of a starting big man after losing out on the DeAndre Jordan sweepstakes.

2015 Washington Wizards Summer League Stats (Totals)

Players G GS Min FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kelly Oubre Jr. 6 6 174 33-86 8-32 27-40 9 25 34 8 11 4 12 19 101
Damion James 6 5 138 20-54 0-2 10-17 6 18 24 5 4 5 6 13 50
Scott Machado 6 6 134 19-42 2-12 23-27 7 13 20 23 10 2 17 15 63
Orlando Johnson 6 4 127 18-39 3-14 10-15 0 18 18 12 6 0 8 13 49
Shawn Jones 6 1 117 23-42 0-0 12-15 19 28 47 4 2 6 7 17 58
Scott Suggs 6 1 106 16-43 2-12 6-6 2 5 7 9 3 0 6 12 40
Aaron White 6 2 105 8-26 0-9 2-2 9 13 22 3 3 1 11 6 18
Jarrid Famous 5 5 101 15-28 0-1 21-25 16 18 34 2 3 2 7 14 51
Traevon Jackson 6 0 96 9-26 3-4 5-6 0 12 12 13 1 1 13 14 26
Jamil Wilson 5 0 77 15-36 6-22 1-2 4 12 16 1 2 0 7 12 37
LaQuinton Ross 3 0 17 1-5 0-2 5-5 2 3 5 3 0 0 1 2 7
Jaleel Roberts 3 0 7 0-3 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 1 2 0
Toure Murry 1 0 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Dez Wells 0 0 0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 1201 177-430 24-110 122-160 76 168 244 83 45 21 96 139 500

 

2015 Washington Wizards Summer League Stats (Averages)

Players G GS Min FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OFF DEF REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
Kelly Oubre Jr. 6 6 29.0 0.384 0.250 0.675 1.5 4.2 5.7 1.3 1.8 0.7 2.0 3.2 16.8
Damion James 6 5 23.0 0.370 0.000 0.588 1.0 3.0 4.0 0.8 0.7 0.8 1.0 2.2 8.3
Scott Machado 6 6 22.3 0.452 0.167 0.852 1.2 2.2 3.3 3.8 1.7 0.3 2.8 2.5 10.5
Orlando Johnson 6 4 21.2 0.462 0.214 0.667 0.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 1.0 0.0 1.3 2.2 8.2
Jarrid Famous 5 5 20.2 0.536 0.000 0.840 3.2 3.6 6.8 0.4 0.6 0.4 1.4 2.8 10.2
Shawn Jones 6 1 19.5 0.548 0.000 0.800 3.2 4.7 7.8 0.7 0.3 1.0 1.2 2.8 9.7
Scott Suggs 6 1 17.7 0.372 0.167 1.000 0.3 0.8 1.2 1.5 0.5 0.0 1.0 2.0 6.7
Aaron White 6 2 17.5 0.308 0.000 1.000 1.5 2.2 3.7 0.5 0.5 0.2 1.8 1.0 3.0
Traevon Jackson 6 0 16.0 0.346 0.750 0.833 0.0 2.0 2.0 2.2 0.2 0.2 2.2 2.3 4.3
Jamil Wilson 5 0 15.4 0.417 0.273 0.500 0.8 2.4 3.2 0.2 0.4 0.0 1.4 2.4 7.4
LaQuinton Ross 3 0 5.7 0.200 0.000 1.000 0.7 1.0 1.7 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 2.3
Jaleel Roberts 3 0 2.3 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.7 1.0 1.7 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7 0.0
Toure Murry 1 0 2.0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Dez Wells 0 0 N/A
Team Averages 200 0.399 0.165 0.745 12.7 28.0 40.7 13.8 7.5 3.5 16.0 23.2 83.3

Washington Wizards Drop Summer League Opener to Suns without Wells

WELLS SITS OUT WITH SPRAINED THUMB AS OUBRE STRUGGLES OFFENSIVELY EARLY, BUT SHOWS DEFENSIVE STRIDES

The Washington Wizards do not have one on their summer league roster that is a great scorer that can take over the game after former Terp Dez Wells was ruled out before the game, and later for the rest of the tournament, because of a sprained right thumb he sustained on the last day of the Wizards minicamp. Additionally, the Wizards likely  do not have a player who will be getting significant playing time during the season, as Kelly Oubre will be brought along slowly behind Otto Porter and Alan Anderson. On the other hand, the Phoenix Suns summer are filled with NBA talent including Archie Goodwin, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, and Alex Len.

The Wizards had an extremely sloppy first quarter where they were outscored 20-9. Washington had nine turnovers in the quarter while just having one assist. Although the offense began to gain traction in the second quarter, but the Suns kept the Wizards from making a serious dent in the deficit. Washington was down 43-30 after the first twenty minutes.

The second half was better for the Wizards as they finally hit their first three pointer late in the third quarter after missing their first 13. Oubre started to become active on the offensive end with dunks and a 3 over Warren in the fourth. Washington was able to get to within three but at the end of the day, the poor shooting did not allow the Wizards to keep up with the talented Suns. The Wizards fell 87-73 in their Summer League opener.

Need To Know Facts:

  • Kelly Oubre finished the game with 20 points and 10 rebounds on a high volume of shots, 20. The dreadful 1 of 7 shooting from beyond the arc is likely an anomaly. Oubre was only credited with two steals and one block but his length was a definite factor in altering shots; his defense already looks to be pro-ready.
  • Aaron White showed flashes of NBA talent, although it is expected he will start his pro career overseas. White only finished with four points (both on putback dunks) but chipped in with four rebounds in 20 minutes of action.
  • Scott Machado, Jarrid Famous, and Scott Suggs each had 10 points for the Wizards. Famous was the Wizards only offense early, while Machado chipped in with a team high four assists. None are likely to make the Wizards team, but could be advertising themselves for a spot on another NBA team’s roster.
  • Suns Summer League Stars of Goodwin, Booker, Warren, and Len dominated with 71 points on 53 shots. Len could not be stopped in the paint while the others piled on from the free throw line.
  • Along with Wells, Wizards Toure’ Murray sat out of tonight’s game because of a right groin injury that he tweaked during a minicamp practice on Thursday according to the Post’s Jorge Castillo.
  • UPDATE: Wells will NOT be available for the Wizards for the entire summer league tournament because of his severely sprained right thumb. Big blow for the former Terps chances at making the Wizards or other NBA roster. Wells could look to go overseas or play in the D-League if he does not make a 15-man roster.

The Wizards will be back in action tomorrow at 4 PM EST against the D-League Select. With the loss of Wells, the Wizards will play the rest of the tournament with 12 players.

Washington Wizards Announce Official 2015 Summer League Roster

OUBRE, WHITE, AND WELLS HEADLINE WIZARDS SUMMER LEAGUE ROSTER

Last week the Wizards announced their minicamp roster that would take part in four practice sessions, which culminated today before departing for the Las Vegas Summer League tournament. As expected, the squad was trimmed down before heading West; C Ousmane Drame out of Quinnipiac, F Halil Kanacevic from Saint Joseph’s, and Ohio State’s F LaQuinton Ross were cut from the team. You can find the complete 13 man, 9 of which are rookies, roster below.

2015 Summer League Roster

Wizards first round pick Kelly Oubre Jr., second round pick Aaron White, and undrafted free agent Dez Wells headline the list. Toure’ Murray was on the Wizards 15 man roster last year via a 10 day contract after Washington waived Glenn Rice and before they signed Will Bynum. Murray played just 17 minutes in four games scoring 6 points and having four turnovers.

Wells was seen today with wearing a brace on his right hand after practice and he said he jammed his thumb “really bad”. Regardless, Wells is on the flight to Vegas tonight and is expected to play Sunday. It is imperative for Wells to have a strong showing in the summer league to force the hand of the Wizards to open a roster spot by possibly trading or buying out the contracts of Martell Webster or DeJuan Blair. Wells could still find his way on another NBA franchise if Washington is not able to secure him a spot. All of this is still on the belief that Aaron White will start his pro career overseas.

So far the Wizards know that they will play three preliminary round games to start the Las Vegas Summer League before being seeded in a tournament that culminates with the championship game on July 20. Last year, the Wizards performed well in the “summer classic” behind strong play from Otto Porter and Glenn Rice. For the full schedule of the three preliminary games see below:

  • Saturday, July 11 vs. Phoenix at 6 PM EST
  • Sunday, July 12 vs. D-League Select at 4 PM EST
  • Thursday, July 14 vs. Dallas at 3:30 PM EST

Washington Wizards Resign Veteran Drew Gooden as Roster becomes Complete

DREW GOODEN RESIGNS WITH THE WIZARDS ON A 1 YEAR/$3.3 MILLION DEAL

Drew Gooden, 33, has been a big part of the Wizards playoff run the past two seasons. As a result, not only did Washington resign the Kansas graduate to a veterans minimum ($1.5 million), but they signed him to a one year deal worth $3.3 million.

With the trade acquisition of Jared Dudley, which became official today once the moratorium was lifted, the Wizards have a stretch four. However, Dudley is not the greatest of rebounders, averaging just over 5 boards in a 36 minute period in his career. With the Wizards only having two big men that Randy Wittman trusts to play during the playoffs: Marcin Gortat and Nene, it made sense for Washington to add another big man.

Gooden has a natural drive and energy he brings to the team. At 6′ 10”, the veteran stretch four always seemed to be soaring into the Verizon Center rafters to corral loose balls against the Toronto Raptors in the playoffs. Gooden might only be credited with 3.1 win shares for the Wizards over the past two regular seasons, but his 46.2 percent (12/26) shooting from beyond the arc last postseason to go along with his 5.5 rebounds per game in limited playing time was key. His performance in high leverage situations as well as his likability in the locker room made this a no-brainer. Gooden is clearly happy to be back.

Other teammates likes Wizards leader John Wall also is joyful about the move.

The Wizards now have the maximum of 15 players currently under contract meaning there is little likelihood, at the moment, of signing an additional player off of the summer league team besides first round pick Kelly Oubre. Unless the Wizards are able to offload the contracts of Martell Webster, DeJuan Blair, and even last year’s starting power forward Nene, who currently do not fit into the way the Wizards are shaping their team, rookies like Dez Wells might have to look for work elsewhere.

UPDATED Projected Depth Chart:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Gary Neal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Alan Anderson, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Jared Dudley, Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

The Wizards are now fully committed to the small ball mentality that the NBA’s best teams are transitioning to with their free agency acquisitions of Jared Dudley, Gary NealAlan Anderson, and now Drew Gooden.

For the latest on the rest of the Washington Wizards offseason building up to the start of the regular season, come back and visit District Sports Page regularly.

Washington Wizards sign Alan Anderson to use Mid-Level Exception as Free Agency Winds Down

WIZARDS USE FINAL EXCEPTION ON F ALAN ANDERSON (1 YEAR/$4 MILLION) TO BOLSTER SMALL BALL LINEUP

The Washington Wizards have lost Paul Pierce, acquired Jared Dudley, signed Gary Neal, and now added Alan Anderson as another piece of the puzzle heading into the 2015-2016 season. With these three acquisitions Washington has used up their larger trade, bi-annual, and most of the mid-level exceptions hinting towards the possible end of major transactions during the free agency festivities. Anderson declined a player option with the Brooklyn Nets that would have paid out a mere $1.3 million.

After losing out on veteran PF David West talents to the Spurs, Ernie Grunfeld wasted little time to use up the MLE on what many considered the best wing option still available in Anderson. Anderson will only receive part of the Wizards mid-level exception ($5.5 million) meaning that the team could use the remaining $1.5 million to sign another player. Such an amount might not be much to some, but it would be similar to the veterans minimum that David West settled for. The remaining portion can be used to sign another player. The signing will not be official until the NBA moratorium is lifted on July 9, similar to Jared Dudley’s situation.

Alan Anderson, 32, is a 6′ 6” wing defender out of Michigan State and has plenty of experience both in the NBA and overseas. Anderson is another shooter for the Wizards as he is 34.6 percent from beyond the arc for his career including 252 made threes over the past three years. Anderson was also big in the playoffs last year for the Nets as a bench player by averaging 11 points in 24 minutes a game. Like The Truth, Anderson heated up in the postseason with a ridiculous 10 of 16 (62.5 percent) shooting from three. Possibly even more importantly for Anderson was his versatility and ability to effectively defend against the rest of the league’s premier wing players like LeBron James, similarly to Jared Dudley.

With the additions of Anderson, Neal, and Dudley, the Wizards have deepened their team at the 2, 3, and 4 positions. Anderson will be the most comfortable at the SF position and by backing up rising star Otto Porter , the Wizards can ease Kelly Oubre’s development with limited playing time. The move also allows Dudley to play primarily at the PF position, though possibly in a non-starter role. Washington has obtained versatility, wing depth, and shooting without forfeiting any future cap space for next year’s run at Kevin Durant.

UPDATED Projected Depth Chart:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Gary Neal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Alan Anderson, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

Washington currently has 14 players under contract and have limited big bodies to rebound the ball at the moment. Although the Wizards have previously opted to leave a roster spot open for a strong Summer League performer such as Rasual Butler last year or Dez Wells this year,  there is a strong possibility that the Wizards will take the $1.5 million left of their mid-level exception and re-sign Drew Gooden. Gooden has preformed well for the Wizards the past two years, especially in the playoffs, and excels in rebounding because of his energy.

Unprobable at the moment, the Wizards may try to move the likes of Martell Webster of DeJuan Blair because of their near certainty of no playing time, as projected by the late stages of last season. Such would bode well for former Terp Dez Wells or another young standout in the upcoming Summer League. To make sure you are aware of the latest Wizards developments, check back on District Sports Page frequently.

Washington Wizards: Gary Neal returns to DMV Area on One Year Deal

WIZARDS SIGN FORMER TOWSON PRODUCT GARY NEAL TO ONE YEAR $2.1 MILLION DEAL USING BI-ANNUAL EXCEPTION

Two days removed from losing The Truth to the Clippers and one day removed from acquiring stretch-four option Jared Dudley, the Wizards have continued wheeling and dealing by signing local product Gary Neal to a one-year deal for $2.1 million, using their bi-annual exception (BAE), that they did not use last summer. After receiving heat for letting Pierce go, GM Ernie Grunfeld seems to be back in many fans good graces with the additions of Oubre, Dudley, and now Neal.

Neal has just five years in the NBA after starting his pro career overseas, but at the age of 30 his legs are already starting to wear down. However, the Wizards most likely brought the former Towson Tiger back to the local area because of his three-point shooting ability. Neal wanted a chance to contend for a championship as well as play closer to his home as a Baltimore native. The Wizards provided the best of both worlds.

Neal is coming off of a horrendous season where he shot just 29.3 percent (39 of 133) from beyond the arc for the Charlotte Hornets, but that could partially be chalked up to the sputtering nature of that franchise. This should be looked at as an outlier in his career, where he is an above average 38.1 percent shooter from deep. Neal fills the three-point shooting hole for the Wizards, as behind Bradley Beal (after the departure of Pierce), John Wall made the second most three pointers (20) for the team after the all-star break.

Neal spent three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, but he wasn’t re-signed in favor of their current three-point specialist, Danny Green. Neal bounced around the league a little bit after that.  He signed a one-year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks before being traded to the then-Charlotte Bobcats (along with oft-traded Luke Ridnour). Neal was then most recently traded to the Timberwolves, where he finished out the late stages of 2015 before becoming a free agent this summer.

The key to this signing taking place was the short term nature that had no impact on next year’s salary cap, because of the BAE, so the Wizards can save up for you know who.

This puts the Wizards at 13 players under contract, but they still have to use their mid-level exception, worth $5.5 million, and possibly re-sign Drew Gooden. With talks of signing David West — who does not fit the requirements of a stretch four if you were wondering — the Wiz utilizing the MLE will only be likely if Nene is traded, though the Wiz are not drawing many offers. Assuming Gooden is re-signed, things would not look the best for former Terp Dez Wells joining the roster, unless Martell Webster and/or DeJuan Blair (who are at this point just taking up a seat with no use) are moved.

UPDATED Projected Depth Chart:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Gary Neal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

For the latest on everything Wizards from free agency moves to the latest on the young prospects on the Wizards summer league team, return to District Sports Page frequently.

Washington Wizards: Jared Dudley to DC for Second Round Pick

ERNIE GRUNFELD TRADES AWAY ANOTHER SECOND ROUND PICK TO BRING IN POTENTIAL STRETCH FOUR OPTION IN JARED DUDLEY

The Washington Wizards still have not made a move in free agency although they have been reportedly linked to several players. On the second day of free agency, a day after losing their playoff stretch four in Paul Pierce, GM Ernie Grunfeld traded a protected second round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for veteran Jared Dudley. The trade will not be official until a week from today, July 9. The Wizards have already parted ways with their 2016 and 2019 second round picks in a draft day trade to acquire Kelly Oubre Jr. Grunfeld clearly did not want to be outdone by his Capitals counterpart who made an impressive move to acquire RW T.J. Oshie.

Jared Dudley, 29, was due $4.25 million this year after opting into the final year of his contract the day before free agency began on June 30. The Wizards will absorb Dudley’s contract into an existing trade exception in order to not exceed the salary cap. This trade player exception (TPE) came from the trade that sent Andre Miller to Sacramento, who was owed a $4.7 million salary. For those who do not know, TPEs allow franchises to acquire a player by only giving up a future pick, which in this case may or may not come to fruition.

Dudley spoke to Alex Kennedy and said, “To me, I understand it’s a business and I understand what the Bucks are doing, but I’m excited. The Wizards are a great team, who have two young stars in John Wall and Bradley Beal. And I played with Marcin Gortat before [in Phoenix]. It would be great to play for them and I’d just try to come in and contribute at the three and do whatever it takes to help them win.”

Dudley is a career 39.6 percent shooter from beyond the arc and was 74 of 192 (38.5 percent) last year in his only season in Milwaukee, who signed former Hoya Greg Monroe today. Although the Boston College product stands at only 6′ 7”, he was the power forward for the Bucks when their coach Jason Kidd elected to go small. Dudley’s ability to literally stretch the defense with his jump shooting ability complements his ability to effectively guard multiple positions. As Washington Post’s Jorge Castillo pointed out, Dudley can be the primary defender against LeBron James whether it be during the regular season or high pressure playoff situations.

Dudley’s versatility, can play the 2, 3, AND 4 positions, was liked by the Wizards front office. Currently, Dez Wells could be the backup SG, Kelly Oubre could be too raw to see consistent minutes at SF, and Kris Humphries is the only Wizard big who has a consistent jump shot at the moment. To see what this does to the CURRENT projected depth chart, see below:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Jared Dudley, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

The Wizards still have a mid-level exception (around $5.5 million) and bi-annual exception (around $2.1 million) to use. After the Wizards resign Drew Gooden, which is reported to be quite likely by CSN’s J. Michael, the Wizards would be at their 15-man roster limit. However, with the Wizards continuing to be high on Dez Wells, assuming second round pick Aaron White does indeed go overseas, Washington could opt to not use the bi-annual exception. In essence, the Wizards are going to try and lure the best possible talent available for $5.5 million; to see a list of who that individual might be check out the Wizards free agent tracker. My best guess would be Gooden, Wells, and C.J. Watson, through mid-level exception, will fill out the roster for the Wizards come the 2015-2016 season opener.

For the latest on everything Wizards from free agency moves to the latest on the young prospects on the Wizards summer league team, return to District Sports Page frequently. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section below.

Washington Wizards: 2015 Minicamp Roster prior to Summer League

OUBRE, WHITE, AND WELLS HEADLINE WIZARDS MINICAMP ROSTER

The Washington Wizards announced the players who will partake in their mini-camp, which will occur before the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.  The following roster will be trimmed before the youngsters take off for the Sin City. Wizards first round pick Kelly Oubre Jr., second round pick Aaron White, and undrafted free agent Dez Wells headline the list. On draft night it was reported that veteran G Roddy Beaubois would be on the team, but as evidenced by the list below, it appears that something must have changed .

Wizards 2015 Minicamp Roster

The Wizards minicamp schedule can also be found here:

  • Monday, July 6 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Tuesday, July 7 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Wednesday, July 8 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 9 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

So far the Wizards know that they will play three preliminary round games to start the Las Vegas Summer League before being seeded in a tournament that culminates with the championship game on July 20. Last year, the Wizards performed well in the “summer classic” behind strong play from Otto Porter Jr. and Glenn Rice Jr. For the full schedule of the three preliminary games see below:

  • Saturday, July 11 vs. Phoenix at 6 PM EST
  • Sunday, July 12 vs. D-League Select at 4 PM EST
  • Thursday, July 14 vs. Dallas at 3:30 PM EST

 

Washington Wizards: 2015 NBA Free Agency Tracker

NBA Free Agency is a mad house for all 30 teams and impossible to keep track of for the ordinary fans on their own. To get an idea of just how crazy the first day of NBA free agency was alone, teams agreed in principle to $1.4 billion in salaries.

With the Wizards losing out on the services of The Truth, it is possible that they will be a bit more active this year. However, the Wizards are still hoping for the services of home town product Kevin Durant nest summer so all their moves until then will have the #KD2DC movement taken into account.

Wizards have essentially no cap room but can use mid-level, bi-annual, and trade exceptions. UPDATE: Wizards have used their larger trade exception, bi-annual exception, and most of their mid-level exception on Jared Dudley, Gary Neal, and Alan Anderson, respectively.

The following list of individuals who the Wizards have been reportedly linked to (this list will be updated at all times).

  • Derrick Williams: Former King and second overall pick behind Kyrie Irving is an undersized power forward that was possibly asked to do too much. Williams has now agreed to a 2 year $10 million deal with the New York Knicks.
  • Wayne Ellington: Former Timberwolves first round pick, last year with the Lakers, the shooting guard has a stroke from beyond the arc. Ellington signed a two year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, who look to replace now Wizards Alan Anderson, worth $3.068 million.
  • Mike Dunleavy: The Bulls veteran three point threat who was a thorn in the Wizards side in the 2014 playoffs. The former Duke product would go on to resign with Chicago at 3 years for $15 million although he was rumored to have had other offers.
  • Rodney Stuckey: The longtime Piston combo-guard was an interest of the Wizards because of his consistent double digit points per game production. Stuckey resigned with the Pacers at 3 years for $21 million.
  • Alan Anderson: Former Net is an interest of the Wizards for wing depth and potentially as a replacement for Pierce. Anderson signed a 1 year/$4 million deal with the Wizards using up part of the team’s mid-level exception.
  • C.J. Watson: The well traveled point guard was in interest of the Wizards two years ago for his three point ability, something that both John Wall and Ramon Sessions lack. The former Pacer has again drawn the Wizards interest. Watson would go on to sign a 3 year $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • Chris Copeland: The former Knick and Pacer could be a candidate for the Wizards at stretch 4, which is widely believed to be Washington new #1 priority. After shooting the ball with great accuracy from beyond the arc in his first two seasons in the league, 42 percent (92 of 219), the Virginia native shot a woeful 31 percent (52/167) from deep last year. Copeland signed a one year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in the amount of $1.15 million.
  • David West: The longtime Hornet (New Orleans) and Pacer is a better version of Nene as he is a more consistent pick-and-pop shooter and more efficient from the free throw line. West might not take the mid-level exception ($5.5 million) after opting out of his $12.6 million option, so unless the Wizards are able to make cap room by trading away Nene, they might lose out to San Antonio or Cleveland. The veteran PF signed with the Spurs for the veterans minimum. Although West thinks that he will have a better chance of winning a title with the likes of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, the fact that the Wizards are vying the interest of quality free agents is promising with next summer approaching.
  • Gary Neal: The former Towson Tiger is returning to the DMV area on a 1 year deal for $2.1 million that will use the Wizards bi-annual exception. Neal fills the three point shooting hole for the Wizards, as behind Bradley Beal (after the departure of Pierce), John Wall made the second most three pointers (20) for the team after the all-star break.
  • Kevin Seraphin: The backup center for the Wizards last year is looking for an opportunity to start, but that does not mean the Wizards are still not interested in returning the services of the French native. The Lakers (although they have acquired Roy Hibbert), Suns, and Spurs (if they miss out on David West) are also reported to be interested in Seraphin. Another option for the Wizards is the signing of Seraphin with the mid-level exception and then trading him to a team like the Clippers who have a void after not resigning DeAndre Jordan. Seraphin signed with the New York Knicks on a 1 year deal worth $2.8 million, sacrificing the money now in hopes of cashing in next summer.
  • Drew Gooden: The veteran stretch four signed another one year deal with the Wizards, this time for more than the minimum because of his higher value during the last two playoff runs.

The Wizards acquired Jared Dudley from the Bucks, which may take the Wizards out of the running for names like Williams and Copeland. They could instead decide to heavily purse a wing player with their mid-level exception worth $5.5 million, but the pickings are becoming mighty slim.

With little cap space and no desire to take away any money from a run at Kevin Durant next summer, the Wizards will likely be done with major transactions especially as their roster is now full with guaranteed contracts.

For the latest on everything Wizards leading up to the 2015-16 season, return to District Sports Page frequently.

Washington Wizards: The Truth Leaves DC for LA

THE TRUTH LEAVES DC FOR THREE YEAR DEAL WITH CLIPPERS

After forgoing a player option that would have allowed Pierce to make $5.5 million in DC, The Truth decided against staying with the Wizards and return to his hometown of Los Angeles.

Pierce is reported to have signed a three year deal for $10.6 million with the Clippers. The last year, a season where Pierce would be 40, will be a team option. Pierce could have made $6.6 million during the upcoming season if he decided to stay in Washington. It is likely that Pierce was sold as soon as the Clippers offered a second guaranteed year, whereas the Wizards would have offered a second year as a team option.

When the Washington Wizards brought in Paul Pierce to replace Trevor Ariza last year, many thought it would be a step back because of the to be Hall of Famer’s age. It turned out to be the exact opposite. Although the argument can be made the Pierce was a liability on defense, his leadership presence to the young core of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter was priceless. The Truth’s ability to take the last shot and win playoff games did not hurt either.

After the Wizards five minute extension to a season was waived off when Pierce’s overtime forcing three was waved off in Game 6 against the Hawks, The Truth was soft spoken post game. Many immediately thought the former Finals MVP was ready to hang it all up after Pierce discussed the need to see how is aging body healed from the season.

After it became clear that Pierce would give it another go in chase of another championship, many linked the future Hall of Famer to a reunion with his former Celtic’s coach Doc Rivers as a Clipper in his hometown of Los Angeles. Even after the Clippers acquired Lance Stephenson, a small forward, Rivers said on a radio interview that he would like the former Pacer to come off the bench and not start. It has now become clear that Rivers clearly wanted to pursue Pierce to replace Matt Barnes in the Clippers starting lineup.

When Pierce opted out of his contract, many thought it might be a money play to receive an extra $1.1 million that he did deserve. Throughout the wait, both Wizards head coach Randy Wittman and GM Ernie Grunfeld were optimistic that the veteran wing would return. Wittman said he expected Pierce back next year moments after his team’s season ended in a post game presser and also on draft night after selecting Kelly Oubre. It is clear that the former Kansas star, Pierce not Oubre who also went to Kansas, was Washington’s #1 priority as they scheduled a conversation over the phone at 12:01 AM on July 1, the official start of free agency.

Below you can find an UPDATED depth chart including ONLY those who are currently under contract:

PG: John Wall, Ramon Sessions
SG: Bradley Beal, Garrett Temple
SF: Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Martell Webster
PF: Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair
C: Marcin Gortat, Nene

With four roster spots currently open, the Wizards have four players in the organization who could fill them: Aaron White, Dez Wells, Rasual Butler, and Drew Gooden. White is expected to go oversees, Wells is expected to make the team, Butler may be expendable, and Gooden is the only true stretch four capable player in the franchise. If Butler is not re-signed and/or either Webster or Blair are moved, the Wizards can still look to add talent through free agency.

While waiting for an official decision from Pierce, the Wizards were not completely absent in the free agency festivities. Washington was linked to be in contact with several individuals who could provide depth to the organization. Any and all individuals who were even rumored to be associated with the Wizards can be found below. I would not expect any major flashy deals to be signed as the Wizards have hinted at every opportunity that they will pursue Durant with every penny they have next year. Wizards have essentially no cap room but can use midlevel, biannual, trade exceptions.

  • Former King and second overall pick behind Kyrie Irving, Derrick Williams an undersized power forward that was possibly asked to do too much.
  • Former Timberwolves first round pick, last year with the Lakers, SG Wayne Ellington who has a stroke from beyond the arc.
  • Bulls three point threat in veteran Mike Dunleavy. The former Duke product would go on to resign with Chicago at 3 years for $15 million although he was rumored to have had other offers.
  • Longtime Piston Rodney Stuckey was an interest of the Wizards because of his consistent double digit points per game production.
  • Former Net Alan Anderson also was an interest of the Wizards for wing depth and potentially as a replacement for Pierce.

When the Wizards signed Pierce to a two year $10.8 million deal last summer, they were mostly worried about saving up enough cap space to make a hard push in returning Kevin Durant to the DMV. Coming into this summer, the Wizards hoped that Pierce would be back with the core in place. The Wizards looked to be primed to make a push at the Eastern Conference Finals if Pierce returned, but instead if will be the combination of Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre to take over the small forward position.

For the latest on the Wizards activity during free agency as well as the latest on the young prospects on their summer league team, return to District Sports Page frequently.

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