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February 12, 2015 Updates

Shams Charania: Wizards, Heat have explored talks on Denver's Jameer Nelson, sources tell RealGM. Cleveland had interest with Nelson in Boston; not since. Twitter @ShamsCharania

Washington Wizards forward Drew Gooden has played for 10 teams over his 13-year career. When approached by SheridanHoops for the story, he replied, “You came to the right person.” Gooden, who’s been traded a whopping six times, explained his maturation process in digesting all the rumors as his career progressed. “When I was younger, it affected me because I was a key part of certain teams and one of the top players on those teams,” Gooden told SheridanHoops. “And when I was younger, I didn’t know how to handle that. Once I went through the process a couple of times and getting traded a few times, it didn’t affect me anymore as much as the first time I got traded.” SheridanHoops

The decision extended a trend. Gortat is the third-highest paid player on the Wizards after signing a five-year, $60 million contract over the summer but has seen Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair and Kevin Seraphin all play ahead of him in the fourth quarter in recent games. “It’s tough. It’s really tough especially the last year I played pretty much every fourth quarter,” said Gortat, who had nine points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes. “It’s a coaching decision. You guys have to ask him why I’m not playing.” Washington Post

Now Beal will be shut down for the next few days, allowing for the healing process to begin. The extended rest should also help the lingering toe issue which could have actually been the real culprit behind this most recent stress injury. If the toe injury altered Beal’s normal biomechanics, the previously fractured fibula could have been subjected to a higher than normal amount of stress that has since developed into this latest injury. The Wizards should have a better idea of how long their emerging guard will need to sit and if his absence will continue after the break. Unfortunately history isn’t on Beal’s side as his personal history and precedent set by players like Holiday and McGee suggest a conservative approach would be best and a prolonged absence is likely. In Street Clothes

February 11, 2015 Updates
February 10, 2015 Updates

Ben Standig: John Wall said he re-sprained his right ankle in last night's win. Doesn't sound like it will keep him out of tomorrow's game at TOR. Twitter @BenStandig

This season, Plumlee began working with a new company called GuardLab, whose marketing efforts seem to reflect the changing concept of mouth guards in athletics. In an interview, Flint Reilly, one of the company’s founders, noted the equipment’s usefulness in safeguarding against concussions and reducing muscle tension throughout the body. That is the same reason that Martell Webster of the Washington Wizards has, for the past few seasons, worn a thin, clear retainer that does little more than create separation between his top and bottom rows of teeth and encourage an optimal jaw alignment. “Everything is connected, so relaxing your jaw has an overall relaxing effect on your muscles,” Webster said. “Your body is looser, and in sports, especially basketball, you want to be as loose as you can.” New York Times

February 9, 2015 Updates

Will Bynum: This 6-0 guard is the primary target among overseas talent. His agent, Mark Bartelstein, also has Bradley Beal. Bartelstein contacted the Wizards to gauge if there was any interest in Bynum when he returns from China, where he's currently playing for the Guangdong Southern Tigers. Bynum was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Boston Celtics, who waived him, this season and hasn't played in the NBA. This is why the Wizards can wait for him and aren't confined to the March 1 deadline. Bynum has been a pro since 2005, playing two seasons in Israel after spending his first season with the Golden State Warriors when he played in just 15 games. Bynum spent 2008-14 with the Detroit Pistons where he averaged 8.4 points and 3.4 assists. There's "a lot" of interest in Bynum but this is clearly the guy the Wizards want if Allen doesn't pan out. And there's no indication at this point that Allen will. CSNWashington.com

The trade deadline is Feb. 19 and as of this week there still aren't any serious possibilities because the Wizards, who are just under the luxury tax, are hesitant to take on long-term salary commitments if they can get a player who can provide comparable production on a pro-rated deal with no future money on the books. Of course, as the trade deadline gets closer the offers could get sweeter and they could shift gears. CSNWashington.com

The 26-year old is a former college athlete, having played softball and field hockey at Division III Drew University. She’s a part-time coach; she spent a year as the field hockey coach at Elizabeth Seton. And she’s a huge sports fan, mostly cheering for Philly teams. (Sorry.) But in addition to her full-time job on the Hill, she also has student loans, so for more than a year she’s worked as a waitress at Wizards games. Which is how she finally got her face on just about every sports Web site in the world. Washington Post

It started when the basketball hopped lazily in her direction during the first quarter Saturday night; ” I just kind of see a ball coming towards me, and you can see me kind of kicking it out of the way so I don’t trip,” she remembered. “Then all of a sudden, I just see this giant white mass coming toward me.” The giant white mass, of course, was Plumlee. He kept coming, as large white masses in motion tend to do. Barr remembers tensing up, prepared to protect her precious cargo. “I literally held onto that thing like it was a newborn,” she said of her tray, which by her recollection included four Bud Lights, a winter ale, a gin and tonic and a Chardonnay. (Beer and wine are complimentary for her patrons; cocktails are not.) Washington Post

February 8, 2015 Updates


Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.


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