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September 15, 2014 Updates

For the 10th consecutive season, each singly-affiliated NBA team will have one NBA D-League team to which it may assign its players. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the lone independent NBA D-League Team, will be affiliated with the remaining 13 NBA teams (Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards). To accommodate assignments to Fort Wayne, a flexible assignment system will be utilized when an independent NBA team assigns a player at a time when the Mad Ants already have either the maximum of four NBA players on assignment or two assigned players at the position of the NBA player who is being assigned. In either event, the NBA D-League will identify to the assigning NBA team any singly-affiliated NBA D-League team that is willing to accept the assigned player, and the independent NBA team assigning the player will choose a team from among those teams to assign the player. If no singly-affiliated NBA D-League team is willing to accept the assigned player, he will be assigned to one of the non-NBA-owned single affiliate teams pursuant to a lottery. NBA.com

September 10, 2014 Updates

The only member of the Wizards participating in the FIBA World Cup has been eliminated. Nenê and his Brazil squad were upset by Serbia, 84-56, in the quarterfinals Wednesday in Madrid. Brazil was viewed as the favorite after going 5-1 in the tournament and defeating Serbia in group play. The Brazilians played the part early and held a three-point lead late in the first half. But Serbia outscored Brazil 29-12 in the third quarter and never looked back. Nenê was limited to four points on 2 of 8 shooting and four rebounds in 19 minutes. He also blocked two shots. The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 6.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds in Brazil’s seven games. Washington Post

September 8, 2014 Updates
September 3, 2014 Updates

The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. David Aldridge of TNT first reported the negotiations. Washington Post

Roland Lazenby: If you look, [Jordan] did amazing things for the Wizards. They cleared up all the cap space. The thing that amazed all of Jordan’s close associates and observers — the great Johnny Bach being one of them, who was an assistant coach in Washington at the time — they all knew that when Jordan decided to play again, it was amazing to them, because it was very obvious the Wizards were not a team that could win. Jordan knew he could not win, and in his life he loathed any such situation. But he was trying to find some way to relate. He had obviously infuriated the late Abe Pollin, the longtime owner of the Bullets, who then became the Wizards. Abe Pollin, this huge figure in the D.C. community, a philanthropist and a guy that loved basketball. But let’s face it, the Wizards were awful. And Abe Pollin was such a good guy, he never fired anyone. He was so loyal he would just tolerate [pauses] incompetence. The Wizards were a team that, their main marketing campaign was, ‘Well, our team’s not very good, but here are all the other teams coming to town that are going to be fun to watch.’ Washington Post

When Roland Lazenby — author of the new biography “Michael Jordan: The Life” and numerous other sports books — came to the Varsity Letters sports reading series in New York this summer, one intrepid Wizards fan hazarded a question. Lazenby had just wrapped up what largely came across as a defense of Michael Jordan, the person, who — since the end of the era of “Space Jam,” the McDonald’s commercial with Larry Bird, and “It’s Gotta Be the Shoes” — has seen less than favorable coverage. “What do you make of Jordan’s time with the Wizards?” the Wizards fan asked, momentarily giving the underground bar where Lazenby spoke the same sort of hushed anticipation as a Thanksgiving dinner where someone mentions Uncle Larry’s affair, or the Cheever Letters, or whatever family secret no one’s brave enough to mention without being more than a few Scotches or eggnogs in. Washington Post

With just a few weeks remaining until training camp, the Wizards have room to add another player to their 15-man roster. Whether they start camp with 14 players remains to be seen, but if they do add someone it won’t be Chris Singleton. The free-agent forward agreed to terms with the Indiana Pacers a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Post’s Michael Lee. Eurobasket first reported the signing. Washington Post

September 2, 2014 Updates
September 1, 2014 Updates
August 31, 2014 Updates

While the exact Nike offer for Durant isn't known, sources told ESPN that Durant should make more -- in base and royalties -- than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million). That's why fans in Oklahoma City were nervous about a possible move to Under Armour, which could have steered him more to returning to his local roots to play for the Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season. ESPN.com

August 30, 2014 Updates

The Wizards have a new NBA D-League home: Fort Wayne, Ind. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the NBA will assign the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as Washington’s D-League affiliate. The move was necessary because the Memphis Grizzlies and the Iowa Energy — the Wizards’ affiliate the previous three seasons — entered a single-affiliation partnership in May. The Energy — based in Des Moines — served as the minor-league partner for the Wizards, Pelicans, Nuggets and Timberwolves last season. Fort Wayne is the only D-League club remaining of the 18 without some form of single-affiliation partnership with an NBA club. The Wizards are one of 13 remaining NBA franchises without an exclusive D-League partnership. Washington Post

The Wizards have a new D-League affiliate in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants, CSNwashington.com has confirmed through a person with knowledge of the situation at the league office Friday. CSNWashington.com

August 26, 2014 Updates

Rice’s game peaked this summer alongside Porter, but when training camp opens at the end of next month they will put their summertime alliance behind them and begin competing for meaningful playing time on the wing for a team on the rise. “The minutes are there,” Porter said. “It just matters what the coach wants. So my job is to continue to work hard and everything like that so that once that opportunity comes I can take full advantage of it.” Washington Post

August 24, 2014 Updates
August 23, 2014 Updates

If the idea of going to the gym on a Saturday morning sounds comparable to having root canal procedure during a tax audit, here's some motivation from one of the newest Washington Wizards: Paul Pierce posted video of himself running sprints uphill on sand dunes in Malibu. CSNWashington.com

August 21, 2014 Updates

Drew Gooden will not be able to represent Finland in the upcoming FIBA World Cup because his application for dual citizenship will not be cleared in time for the tournament, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The Wizards big man, whose mother is Finnish, was not on the 12-man roster Finland submitted Wednesday for the competition, according to reports out of Finland. The tournament will begin Aug. 30 in Spain. Finland’s first game will be against the United States. Washington Post

 

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