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March 3, 2015 Updates

The highest-profile player bought out Sunday was JaVale McGee, who was waived by the Philadelphia 76ers days after he was traded from the Denver Nuggets to the 76ers. As many as 10 teams are reportedly interested in the former Wizard but Washington is not one of them, according to a person with knowledge of the team’s thinking. Washington Post

March 2, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

To bring someone in, it'll be with the expectation of them playing and not just taking up space (of course, an injury could change that train of thought). Wittman's comments make it clear that he doesn't see much out there, and that's consistent with the other sentiment. Does all this translate into Bynum, for instance, no longer being an option? No. But he'll get other offers, too, and it would be his call on where he goes as a free agent. CSNWashington.com

How much has your confidence grown since the team’s success has increased? John Wall: My success helped a lot, but my confidence increased when I was healthy. When you are dealing with injuries you can’t work out and can’t get better so it is frustrating. When I started getting healthy that is when it all got better. I knew what type of player I was early in my career. My first home game I had 29 (points), 13 (assists) and nine steals. I knew I could play in this league. It was about staying healthy and improving my jump shot and those things. HoopsHype

Your team is banged up at the moment and struggling. When healthy what do you think the Wizards' chances will be in the Eastern Conference? John Wall: We got a great chance. The East is wide open, I think. Atlanta and Cleveland are playing the best basketball right now and those two are great teams and are playing great. And you have a talented Toronto team. You still can’t count Chicago out, even though Derrick (Rose) is injured, they are still a tough competitive team. I feel the East is wide open and a seven-game series anybody can win and that is how I feel now. HoopsHype

February 28, 2015 Updates

The off-court camaraderie didn’t remedy their on-court ailments. A night later, they were dreadful in a loss to a team they dismantled by 35 points last month. The loss was the Wizards’ 11th in 13 games and 13th in their past 17 and could leave them in sixth place in the Eastern Conference depending on the Milwaukee Bucks’ fate against the Los Angeles Lakers late Friday night. “I wouldn’t say rock bottom. It’s a tough stretch,” all-star guard John Wall said. “We’re still above .500, but the main thing is we got to get back to playing the right way. Until we do that, we’re going to keep losing games. The way we’ve been playing, you can lose to anybody in this league.” Washington Post

Beal explained he wouldn’t return until he participated in a full practice session, which is standard procedure and infers that the earliest he could return is Tuesday against the Chicago Bulls because the Wizards aren’t scheduled to practice until Monday. But before Friday’s defeat, Coach Randy Wittman indicated a practice isn’t mandatory for Beal, which opens the possibility of him playing Saturday against the Detroit Pistons. “We’ll see in these next couple days,” Wittman said. “He’s been going through simulations with all our players. All the hard running and stuff that needs to be done and then you check to make sure there’s no lingering effect the next day.” Washington Post

Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games. “The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game, was as inspirational as he was understated. He was known as a modest gentleman who played the game with skill, class, and pride. His legacy survives in the league he helped integrate, and the entire NBA family will strive to always honor his memory.” Pasadena Star-News

February 26, 2015 Updates
February 25, 2015 Updates

For the second year in a row, the price of most Wizards season tickets will go up, with an average increase of 22 percent, according to the team. Monumental Sports instituted a three-year price freeze shortly after obtaining a 100 percent interest in the Wizards in 2011; when that freeze expired last year, the team increased prices by an average of about 11 percent. It was the first increase in season-ticket prices since the 2007-08 season. This year’s announcement comes around the same time as last year’s — unfortunate timing to be sure, with Washington having lost nine of 11 games, slipping into fifth place in the Eastern Conference. Washington Post

Gortat spent three quarters tormenting the undersized Golden State Warriors front line. Coming off a 24-point, 10-rebound performance in Sunday’s loss to the Detroit Pistons, he had 16 points and 11 rebounds through three quarters of the Wizards’ 114-107 loss to the Warriors. But he didn’t log a second on the floor in the final period, continuing a recent trend of sitting out fourth quarters. Visibly perturbed after the game, Gortat said he expected to play in the fourth quarter. Asked if he was discouraged by Wittman’s decision to bench him, Gortat declined to respond. “Uh,” Gortat said before pausing for six seconds. “I’ll just say next question.” Washington Post

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