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October 12, 2014 Updates

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

The Washington Wizards, expected to compete for a top spot in the Eastern Conference this season, suffered a major blow to their hopes of a quick start with the loss of guard Bradley Beal, who could miss as much as six to eight weeks after breaking his left wrist, according to league sources. The Wizards expect Beal will undergo surgery in the next few days. Beal suffered the injury during Friday night's exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets, after Hornets swingman P.J. Hairston fouled him in the first quarter. The Wizards initially diagnosed the injury as a sprained wrist, but an examination Saturday detailed a small fracture in the wrist. Beal's agent, Mark Bartlestein, said Saturday via text that Beal hoped he could avoid surgery and was waiting for final results from physicians in evaluating the scope of the injury. NBA.com

Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal could miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his left wrist in Friday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. An MRI Saturday revealed the fracture. Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said an official statement is “coming soon.” Washington Post

A source says Beal did not suffer nerve damage in his wrist or have any displacement in the wrist, injuries that would have kept him out much longer than the current expected prognosis. NBA.com

Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal is expected to miss some time after injuring his left wrist in Friday’s preseason loss to the Hornets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person described Beal’s injury as “not good.” Washington Post

October 10, 2014 Updates
October 8, 2014 Updates

Additionally, Noah has been fined $15,000 for initiating an altercation with Pierce by pushing him in the chest and Pierce has been fined $15,000 for hitting Noah in the forehead with his left index finger, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win over the Bulls on Monday, October 6, at United Center. The suspensions will be served during the first regular season game for which each player is eligible and physically able to play. View video>> NBA.com

The game ball was a reward for a performance that Ariza felt was another example of his importance to a Wizards team that would make surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. Turned out, it was the moment that put Ariza back on the radar for a return to Houston. “I did think I was going to be” with the Wizards, Ariza said after a practice at Toyota Center with the Rockets last week. “I thought they valued the things that I did there. At the end of the day, it didn’t work out.” Washington Post

Ariza eventually spurned the Wizards and accepted a contract for the same financial terms — four years for $32 million — with the Rockets, the same team that signed him to his first big free agent deal in 2009. Since Texas doesn’t tax income, Ariza will collect slightly more money than by staying in Washington, but was there really a difference? “It’s a big difference,” Ariza said, voice raising. “I don’t really want to get into that part of it. I’m here in Houston. I’m happy to be here. I can’t complain about anything that happened to me. Washington Post

October 7, 2014 Updates

The game ball was a reward for a performance that Ariza felt was another example of his importance to a Wizards team that would make surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. Turned out, it was the moment that put Ariza back on the radar for a return to Houston. “I did think I was going to be” with the Wizards, Ariza said after a practice at Toyota Center with the Rockets last week. “I thought they valued the things that I did there. At the end of the day, it didn’t work out.” Washington Post

Ariza eventually spurned the Wizards and accepted a contract for the same financial terms — four years for $32 million — with the Rockets, the same team that signed him to his first big free agent deal in 2009. Since Texas doesn’t tax income, Ariza will collect slightly more money than by staying in Washington, but was there really a difference? “It’s a big difference,” Ariza said, voice raising. “I don’t really want to get into that part of it. I’m here in Houston. I’m happy to be here. I can’t complain about anything that happened to me. Washington Post

Noah initiated the first contact, pushing Pierce away as referees went over to the scorers’ table to decide whether to escalate Pierce’s foul on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler to flagrant. Pierce swiped Noah’s hand away. Noah pushed back and Pierce swiped again. Pierce then poked Noah’s face with his left index finger as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau tried to separate the two to spark a benches-clearing altercation. Both players squared up, but no punches were thrown in front of an announced sellout crowd of 21,047. “It’s good for TV, I guess,” said Pierce, who scored two points, grabbed seven rebounds, and committed five fouls in 19 minutes. “I don’t know what to say. It just happened. It’s not scripted, but it just happened.” Washington Post

Kris Humphries was in the Wizards’ starting lineup for their preseason opener against the Bulls Monday in place of power forward Nenê, who was given the night off to rest, but he won’t be around for the remainder of the Wizards’ three-game road trip. Humphries left the game with 2 minutes 50 seconds remaining in the second quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win at United Center after slicing his right hand on the rim attempting to block a layup. He needed eight stitches for the laceration and has been ruled out for the Wizards’ next two games. “We’ll know more in the morning,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “We’re going to send him back home. He can’t do anything because of those stitches so we’ll send him back home so he’ll get some workouts and conditioning in.” Washington Post

October 6, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: Was Washington your first choice? I heard all summer you wanted to go home to L.A., to the Clippers. Paul Pierce: Obviously, this is my first time in free agency. I really didn't know where I was going to end up. Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you're not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn't give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then. I thought I probably would end up with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers], but they wound up signing Spencer Hawes [and using the full mid-level exception] at the time. That's when Sam Cassell gave me a call, shortly after Trevor Ariza signed with Houston. That kind of happened so fast. He signed, and Sam called me, and [asked] what I thought. We both were in Vegas at the time, talking on the phone. Then met him for lunch. Then met him again for dinner. It took some convincing, because I never really thought about Washington. It just wasn't on my radar. But I started thinking about it, and everything he was telling me, based on what they did last year, the guys they have here, he talked about the culture, he talked about Coach [Randy Wittman], Ernie [Grunfeld, the GM], talked to him. NBA.com

 

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