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September 25, 2014 Updates

Ben Standig: I'm told recent reports that have Marquinhos Vieira joining the Wizards training camp roster don't jive with facts on the ground. The Wizards already have 20 players set for TC, including 6 non-roster invitees. That includes Vander Blue and David Stockton, not Vieria. Twitter @BenStandig

As for his work on the court, the Wizards remain unsure when Webster will be cleared to return. Webster had the surgery on June 27 and was given a diagnosis of three to five months. “It’s kind of just day to day. He’s probably not obviously going to be 100 percent come Tuesday,” head coach Randy Wittman said at a news conference Wednesday, referring to the start of training camp. “But he’s going to be able to do some things. When you’re dealing with back surgery it’s just a matter of your body finally getting everything re-energized, the nerves and everything of that nature. We have to be careful with that.” Washington Post

September 24, 2014 Updates

Remember how the Wizards were so desperate to retain Trevor Ariza? Coach Randy Wittman went on a recruiting trip to Los Angeles and made an impassioned pitch for him to return, in part, because of his leadership. President Ernie Grunfeld held firm on the contract details and wouldn't meet Ariza's $10 million asking price because he had Pierce up his sleeve. And Pierce agreed to come on a shorter deal for half the price, added a new dimension with his playing style and still picked up the leadership slack left behind. CSNWashington.com

September 23, 2014 Updates

The Wizards have signed big man Daniel Orton to their training camp roster, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Orton, 24, played on the Wizards’ summer league team in Las Vegas in July. He averaged 4.4 points and five rebounds in five games. Washington Post

Jorge Castillo: Jamaal Franklin and Vander Blue working out at Verizon Center. They haven’t been invited to camp, but #Wizards have spots to work with. Twitter @jorgeccastillo

King indicated in June that he wanted to re-sign Pierce. "That was the plan of attack," King said Monday at an NBA Cares event on Staten Island. "And I think as we started negotiations, with the numbers that they asked for, I thought at one point he was definitely leaving. You start switching gears because you start hearing that he's going to end up in another place, so you have to start preparing." Newsday

King said Pierce's representatives circled back to the Nets, but they already had plans to retool the roster in other ways, operating under the notion that Pierce's bags were packed. "It was his first time ever being a free agent, and so I think he was exploring all his options," King said. "I thought that there were a lot of teams that had put offers on the table or were talking to him. I really thought that he was going to end up someplace else. I don't know who, but it was one [free agent] player signed and things quickly changed. We had already started preparing that he was already not going to be back." Newsday

September 22, 2014 Updates

"We did (want to bring Pierce back). That was the plan of attack and I think as we started negotiating, the numbers that they asked for were, you know," King said in his first comments on Pierce's departure. "And I thought at one point that he was definitely leaving. And then you started switching gears because you start hearing that he's going to end up at a different place. So then you start preparing. And then when he came back to us (to try to negotiate again), we already moved on. I think it was his first time being a free agent so he was exploring all his options. There were a lot of teams that they didn't put offers on the table, but were talking to him. And I really thought he was going to end up some place else. And then, I don't know who was it, but one player signed and things quickly changed. And we were already preparing that he wasn't coming back." New York Daily News

Summer is over and NBA training camps will open around the country over the next week, but Ray Allen is still a free agent and he has several teams waiting on a decision regarding his basketball future. Among the teams interested in the free agent are the Washington Wizards, who have “periodically” checked in on Allen just as several other teams have since reaching out to the sharpshooter at the beginning of free agency in July, according to a person familiar with the situation. But Allen still hasn’t decided whether he will play another season or retire, and if he chooses to suit up again, the Wizards would have plenty of competition to land the shooting guard. Washington Post

September 20, 2014 Updates
September 19, 2014 Updates

The Wizards have reached out to Ray Allen -- again -- in hopes of convincing the 39-year-old, if he decides to play rather than retire, to come to D.C., CSNwashington.com confirmed via multiple persons with knowledge of the situation Friday. While making another contact, after doing so early in the free agent process that opened July 1, doesn't improve their chances of landing Allen it does impact the big picture for Washington. CSNWashington.com

The Minnesota Timberwolves have been trying to get someone to take J.J. Barea off their hands for quite some time, and as the latest report dropped says he'll either be traded or bought out of his contract and released. It doesn't appear the Wizards will make a move to get him, people with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com on Thursday. CSNWashington.com

 

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