HoopsHype AJ Price rumors

November 20, 2013 Updates

When the free agent recruiting period began, the Wizards quickly got a commitment from Eric Maynor on the first day, for a two-year deal worth the biannual exception of roughly $2 million per season. While waiting for a call, Price found out that he would have to look elsewhere. “It just let me know that they wanted to go in a different direction. It wasn’t any hard feelings, any ill feelings, it just made it clear,” Price said. “This is a business. They didn’t owe me anything. They gave me the opportunity to come in and play, which is what I was grateful for, that’s all I could ask for. The fact that they went in a different direction was a decision that was made. Washington Post

Wizards officials and members of the coaching staff felt Price clung to the ball too much and struggled to get players into sets. But Price found an even chillier response from the rest of the league in free agency. Uncertain about where he would end, Price considered overseas offers before eventually landing in Minnesota in late September. “In this new collective bargaining agreement, it’s difficult for certain-level guys to find a job to find a job. There’s still guys out there who don’t have a job,” Price said. “Surprised a little bit, but definitely grateful I did end up somewhere, in a great situation, here in Minnesota, on a good team. I’m happy about that.” Washington Post

October 18, 2013 Updates

One night, he played video games, went to bed in his dorm room and didn’t get up until the school sent a trainer over five days later. He spent those five days in a state he compares to “blackout drunkenness.” He said his friends and dorm mates just thought he was ill with the flu. “I still don’t remember two weeks of my life,” he said. “Friends came to my room and I didn’t recognize them. This is what people told me afterward. I don’t remember any of it.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Six months into his recovery, he was arrested for his involvement with the stolen laptops. “I was 18, it was a stupid, boneheaded mistake,” Price said. “Even though as stupid and embarrassing as it was to me and my family, it’s something I wouldn’t take back because it definitely prepared me for life after that. It helped me see the bigger picture, definitely humbled me. I wouldn’t change anything that’s happened to me. “If that hadn’t happened to me at 17 or 18, who’s to say something wouldn’t have happened at 25 or 26 that would have been much more destructive to my career. It happened at a young age. I got through it. I got over it. I got better from it.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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Beal earned the respect of his teammates and went the entire season without getting hazed. “I have good vets. No popcorn in the car, no pink backpacks, nothing,” he said. “It’s probably because he’s so mature,” A.J.Price explained. “You kind of forget that he’s a rookie, by the way he plays and carries himself. I think skies the limit for him. He came 19, I can’t even imagine playing in the NBA at 19. He did a great. He’s so mature, so ahead of his years. He’s also a leader. Got better as the season went along. In my opinion, he was probably the best rookie.” Washington Post

April 23, 2013 Updates

A.J. Price said he also committed to the system after that night. “I definitely remember that,” he said. “That showed me how passionate he was as a coach. I think it did a lot for us, in terms of how we viewed him as a coach. Because anytime you get a head coach [crying], that’s not normal. Not to say it’s bad, but it’s just not normal that you’d see a coach show that much emotion, especially in this business. It let us know that we were dealing with a special type of guy who really cared about the job. Really cared about us as players, and I think that led to us really buying in even more and really giving it all we got, because he was showing to use that he was giving it all he had.” Washington Post

April 22, 2013 Updates

When a basketball shot splashes through the net, it’s not uncommon for other players to call it a “wet ball,” meaning nothing but net. But at some point the Wizards started calling it “Watergate,” and last week a curious media member asked why. It turns out that A.J. Price is behind the new team term. “I came up with a lot of stuff. I got a lot of words that these guys are running around here stealing, but it’s all good,” he told us. “Watergate was something I got from my trainer in high school. Years back, I don’t know where he got it from, and I just took it and ran with it. Washington Post

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