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October 1, 2014 Updates

“I thought I should’ve made the all-star team maybe four or five times,” Miller said. “It’s never happened just because it’s a popularity contest. So I just find myself going out and working hard. And I think that’s what he’s done.” Washington Post

September 30, 2014 Updates
September 29, 2014 Updates

Washington Wizards' point guard John Wall is joining the signature shoe club. Adidas unveiled the J Wall 1 signature shoe and apparel clothing line on Monday. Wall's logo with Adidas is his initials "JW" with the J crossing over through the W to celebrate his incredibly quick crossover dribble on the court. It also pays homage to his father, who passed away when Wall was just nine years old. From Adidas: CBSSports.com

Washington Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld announced today that the team has signed guards Vander Blue, Xavier Silas and David Stockton, forwards Rasual Butler and Damion James and center Daniel Orton. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not released. Blue (6-4, 200) went undrafted in 2013. The Marquette alum signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics on January 22, 2014 and appeared in three games, scoring a total of five points in a combined 15 minutes. While on assignment with the Delaware 87ers of the D-League last season, he appeared in four games and averaged 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes. NBA.com

Westbrook won't be a free agent until the summer of 2017, meaning Durant won't be able to share this free agency stage with his longtime running mate. "Our relationship has grown a lot, and it's one of those things where it would definitely be difficult to not be running up and down the court with him, so I try not to even think about that," Durant says. "But at the same time, I just want to enjoy the moment and not worry about the future, even though it's tough to. I go home, and everybody asks me. Man, it's crazy. Like little kids, 4 years old, 'You coming to the Wizards?' Man, (expletive), how do you know about this? At 4 years old, I didn't even know what basketball players were. How do you know about free agency?" USA Today Sports

September 28, 2014 Updates

With Jordan Crawford headed to China, the most marketable free agent remaining is Ray Allen, who is still trying to determine whether he wants to play this season. Several teams are interested, including Cleveland, Washington, Chicago, and the Los Angeles Clippers. One free agent to watch is former Fenerbahce Ulker guard Bo McCalebb, who helped Fenerbahce beat the Celtics in an exhibition game in 2012 in Istanbul. McCalebb had originally chosen to stay overseas because of a lucrative contract but has decided to give the NBA a shot. He could be a quality backup point guard . Boston Globe

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

 

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