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October 14, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has exercised the fourth-year contract option on Bradley Beal and the third-year contract option on Otto Porter. "Bradley and Otto are both big pieces of the core group of players that we will build around as we continue to improve our team," said Grunfeld. "We look forward to them playing significant roles in our success both now and in the future." NBA.com

I’ve always wanted to ask Gortat about this love. So at Wizards media day, intrepid Washington Post colleague Jayne Orenstein asked Gortat that and more. “Oh, I do love Steve Seagal,” Gortat told her. “I love how he twists hands and breaks arms. He’s actually really good. He’s actually really good, and a great actor, too.” Washington Post

October 13, 2014 Updates

That the Wizards will pick up the fourth-year option for the 2015-16 season on Bradley Beal's rookie contract before this one tips is a foregone conclusion. His latest injury, a left wrist fracture that required surgery, will have no negative impact on his future here or the team's plans to work out an extension this summer, multiple persons on both sides have confirmed to CSNwashington.com. "Any day now" one of the several people with knowledge of the situation said leading up to Sunday's preseason game with the Detroit Pistons. CSNWashington.com

October 12, 2014 Updates

Allen spent the first six-plus seasons of his career in Milwaukee, and the franchise's pitch was a chance to end things where they began. Creative and worth a shot? Yes. Did it work? No. The Wizards are still hopeful, but suffice to say the Cavs are the front-runners as GM David Griffin has been in contact as recently as a few days ago, CSNwashington.com can confirm. Still, nothing. CSNWashington.com

Coincidentally, I talked with a person close to him Friday who told me nothing has changed. The Wizards have contacted Allen's representatives at Tandem Sports and Entertainment several times, both reported here. The prospect of being a starter again with Beal's absence isn't likely to make Washington any more enticing for Allen. He'll soon be 40. Six teams have actually contacted his reps since he became an unrestricted free agent -- the Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder and .... the Milwaukee Bucks. Yes, the latter is not a mistake. CSNWashington.com

October 11, 2014 Updates

The Washington Wizards, expected to compete for a top spot in the Eastern Conference this season, suffered a major blow to their hopes of a quick start with the loss of guard Bradley Beal, who could miss as much as six to eight weeks after breaking his left wrist, according to league sources. The Wizards expect Beal will undergo surgery in the next few days. Beal suffered the injury during Friday night's exhibition game against the Charlotte Hornets, after Hornets swingman P.J. Hairston fouled him in the first quarter. The Wizards initially diagnosed the injury as a sprained wrist, but an examination Saturday detailed a small fracture in the wrist. Beal's agent, Mark Bartlestein, said Saturday via text that Beal hoped he could avoid surgery and was waiting for final results from physicians in evaluating the scope of the injury. NBA.com

Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal could miss 6-8 weeks after breaking his left wrist in Friday’s loss to the Charlotte Hornets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. An MRI Saturday revealed the fracture. Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said an official statement is “coming soon.” Washington Post

A source says Beal did not suffer nerve damage in his wrist or have any displacement in the wrist, injuries that would have kept him out much longer than the current expected prognosis. NBA.com

Washington Wizards starting shooting guard Bradley Beal is expected to miss some time after injuring his left wrist in Friday’s preseason loss to the Hornets, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person described Beal’s injury as “not good.” Washington Post

October 10, 2014 Updates
October 8, 2014 Updates

Additionally, Noah has been fined $15,000 for initiating an altercation with Pierce by pushing him in the chest and Pierce has been fined $15,000 for hitting Noah in the forehead with his left index finger, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win over the Bulls on Monday, October 6, at United Center. The suspensions will be served during the first regular season game for which each player is eligible and physically able to play. View video>> NBA.com

The game ball was a reward for a performance that Ariza felt was another example of his importance to a Wizards team that would make surprising run to the second round of the playoffs. Turned out, it was the moment that put Ariza back on the radar for a return to Houston. “I did think I was going to be” with the Wizards, Ariza said after a practice at Toyota Center with the Rockets last week. “I thought they valued the things that I did there. At the end of the day, it didn’t work out.” Washington Post

Ariza eventually spurned the Wizards and accepted a contract for the same financial terms — four years for $32 million — with the Rockets, the same team that signed him to his first big free agent deal in 2009. Since Texas doesn’t tax income, Ariza will collect slightly more money than by staying in Washington, but was there really a difference? “It’s a big difference,” Ariza said, voice raising. “I don’t really want to get into that part of it. I’m here in Houston. I’m happy to be here. I can’t complain about anything that happened to me. Washington Post

 

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