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October 21, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guard John Lucas. In six seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah, Lucas has appeared in 216 career regular season games (eight starts) while averaging 4.8 points and 1.4 assists in 12.2 minutes. Last season, Lucas appeared in 42 games with Utah and averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in 14.1 minutes. NBA.com

Jorge Castillo: #Wizards will wear alternate uniforms 13 times. They’ll also wear standard red road jerseys at home Nov. 21 vs. Cavs and Apr. 3 vs. Knicks. Twitter @jorgeccastillo

The Washington Wizards, looking for a trusted veteran to add to their guard depth, are on the verge of signing John Lucas III, NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. Sources told ESPN.com that the Wizards are in the process of bringing the 31-year-old Lucas to Washington after losing star guard Bradley Beal to a wrist injury that's expected to sideline him for at least six weeks.‎ ESPN.com

October 20, 2014 Updates

But Gortat’s celebrity status hasn’t been affected by some preseason struggles. He is a star in his native Poland despite basketball’s standing in the country’s sports landscape. “I think I’m quite popular over there,” he said. “But basketball is falling deep right now. Falling deep, deep, deep.” Washington Post

October 17, 2014 Updates
October 16, 2014 Updates

The Wizards promotional schedule is coming out this week, and there’s one important date you should circle on your calendar immediately: Jan. 31. That’s the date of the Marcin Gortat Action Figure giveaway, presented by Capital One. You want a Gortat action figure. I certainly want a Gortat action figure. And you’ve got to figure that many of the people who went crazy for Jayson Werth garden gnomes would want a Gortat action figure. Washington Post

Shooting guard Glen Rice Jr. left Wednesday’s game with a sprained right ankle at the start of the of the third quarter. Rice hobbled off the court and was replaced by Xavier Silas. Rice, who started for the second straight game, scored 11 points on 5-for-11 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 12 minutes. Washington Post

October 15, 2014 Updates

On Tuesday, the NBA announced Sunday’s preseason matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics will be a 44-minute game with four 11-minute quarters — four fewer minutes than the typical NBA contest. The NBA’s goal is “to examine the flow of a short game as compared to the standard 48-minute game.” Don’t count Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman as a supporter of the idea. “Yeah, you don’t want to hear my thoughts,” Wittman responded when asked for his thoughts. “I’m old school. I mean, are you going to have a whole new set of records? And how are you going to dictate who averaged more points LeBron James or Michael Jordan?” Washington Post

Wittman offered three suggestions to cut game times: Play the standard 48-minutes with one fewer timeout for each team, find a way to streamline the game’s final two minutes, and revisit instant replay. “I think we’ve extended the games a little bit with instant replay,” Wittman said. “And if we just concentrated on the last two minutes of a game. …We’ve lived through mistakes made before. It’s a human game and I think if you want to speed the flow of the game up then you can look at that too. But I’m just a damn coach.” Washington Post

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
 

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