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September 26, 2014 Updates

Training camp hasn't even started, but Paul Pierce already has laid down the law in the locker room for the 2014-15 season: Protect home court. It happened earlier Thursday, before Marcin Gortat and Otto Porter arrived at The Unseld School to promote an Oct. 20 preseason game at Baltimore Arena. "You like competitive guys that take things serious. He's not the type of guy that has a lot of friends in the NBA. Like the old days," said Otto Porter, a rising second-year player who'll be Pierce's backup at small forward and has been taken under his wing. "That's good. That's what our team needs. "Today I heard him say, "Hey, we got to protect home court this year. Anybody who come up here, they're going to get beaten up.' I was like, 'That's what I'm talking about.' I hadn't heard that in here. I'm about that. That's how it was at Georgetown. Protect home court, always. … That's going to change." CSNWashington.com

Pierce's conditioning and work ethic, despite being 36, has many who aren't familiar with him in awe, as CSN reported here earlier in the week. The touch of nastiness makes it even better for Gortat, who believes it'll more than fill the void left by the departures of veterans Trevor Ariza and Al Harrington. CSNWashington.com

Throughout last season, Gortat was not afraid to vocalize his displeasure with his role in the offense. It was nothing new; Gortat had done the same in Orlando and Phoenix. But after the Wizards added Paul Pierce this summer to go with John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Nenê, Gortat asserted he’ll be content to focus on rebounding and defense. “Come on, I can’t be the go-to guy and then let John or Paul rebound the ball,” Gortat said with a laugh. “I have to do what I have to do — play defense, rebound the ball, block some shots. This is the bread and butter for me. The scoring thing is going to be on top. I’m quite sure that having those guys on the team, people are going to say, ‘Well Gortat is the weakest link in that offense. We’re going to let him do whatever he wants to do.’ I’m fine with that. I’m totally fine with that.” Washington Post

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
 

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