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August 7, 2014 Updates
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The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Roy Rogers as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to people with knowledge of the situation. Rogers would replace Sam Cassell, who left the Wizards last week to join Doc Rivers’s staff with the Los Angeles Clippers. Washington Post

Adrian Wojnarowski: Washington finalizing a deal to hire Roy Rogers as an assistant coach, league sources tell Yahoo. He spent past season with Brooklyn. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Drew Gooden was born in Oakland, went to college in Kansas, and has made a living playing for 10 NBA franchises across the United States. Now the Wizards forward plans on extending his footprint overseas at the end of the month when he suits up for Finland in the FIBA World Cup, according to a person with knowledge of Gooden’s intentions. Gooden, 32, is eligible to play for Finland because his mother is Finnish. Washington Post

August 5, 2014 Updates

Shortly after he and Wizards teammate John Wall were cut from the Team USA basketball roster for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in Spain, Bradley Beal was back in D.C. making his Goodman League debut Monday at Barry Farm in Southeast. Beal, who was guarded by Goodman League veteran Dele Ojo, scored 33 points and helped his team of amateurs overcome a 12-point deficit in the final six minutes. Washington Post

More than a year after his split from Reebok, Wall has become of the one of the faces of Adidas and said last week that he will have a signature shoe line, complete with a personal logo, released in October. During his time in Las Vegas, Wall got to break in his new sneakers and even put on some of his personal shorts and shirts after removing his Nike-produced USA Basketball gear. Washington Post

Wall signed a five-year, $25 million deal with Reebok before he was drafted by the Wizards, but that relationship came to an end in the third year. With Wall’s career stalled by injury and an unstable Wizards roster, the partnership with Reebok soured and he moved over to Adidas, which owns Reebok. The move took Wall from being the foundation of one brand into a situation where he had to prove his worth as a player to a company that already had a stable of established all-stars. Washington Post

August 4, 2014 Updates
August 2, 2014 Updates

Sam Cassell is leaving the Washington Wizards after five seasons to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. Cassell joined the Wizards as a member of Flip Saunders’s staff in 2009, one year after winning a third championship in Boston with Doc Rivers, the current president and coach of the Clippers. Washington Post

August 1, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

The Wizards’ preseason schedule will include a visit to Greenville, S.C., to face the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the location and date. Earlier this month, Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Alvin Brown announced his city will host a Pelicans-Wizards game Oct. 8 at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Washington Post

The Wizards have waived center Melvin Ely, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The move comes two weeks after the team acquired the veteran from the Pelicans and a trade exception from the Rockets as part of a three- team sign-and-trade that sent Trevor Ariza to Houston. Washington Post

July 30, 2014 Updates

The Wizards will undoubtedly be in competition from several other teams that will have money that summer, including the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Rockets. Durant expects to have a few suitors coming his way. “It’s great to feel wanted,” Durant said. “Got to see what’s out there, if you’re a free agent. We playing in a league where it’s so powerful, you can impact so many different people. You’ve got to look at all of your options.” Washington Post

Durant, who has always professed his love for Oklahoma City but who admitted Tuesday at Team USA training camp that his future is uncertain, grew up 10 miles east of Washington D.C. in Seat Pleasant, Md. "It's not a bad (idea) at all," Wall told USA TODAY Sports about the idea of Durant eventually adopting James' homecoming strategy. "Two of the best guys in the East going head to head four times a year? It'd be pretty exciting. You just sit back and watch and see what happens, but (the Wizards' Durant-motivated moves) definitely lets him know that we want him around." USA Today Sports

July 29, 2014 Updates

Durant also has close ties to his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland, a suburb of Washington, D.C. He famously began his MVP speech this spring with a reference to his hometown. "I come from a small county outside of Washington, D.C., called P.G. County," Durant said after his MVP award was announced. Asked Tuesday if he might make a similar homecoming in two years when he can become a free agent, Durant said it was too far in the future to discuss in a serious way right now. "I'm going to do what's best for me," Durant said. "It's hard to talk about that right now when I've got two years left in Oklahoma City. I'm just going to focus on that. I'm not going to make a decision based on what anybody else does. ESPN.com

 

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