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May 23, 2015 Updates

Pierce must decide whether to exercise the $5.5 million player option to play his second season with the Wizards and 18th overall in the NBA. The future Hall of Famer will celebrate his 38th birthday in October. Last Friday, Coach Randy Wittman said he believed Pierce would return because he enjoyed his time in Washington but he and the organization await the decision. “I don’t need to recruit Paul,” Wittman said Monday. “What Paul saw here and what he did here, not only with the team but with the city, all of that plays into it. His family was comfortable here. Will I sit down and talk with him? Yeah. But I don’t think I need to recruit him.” Washington Post

The All-Star guard turned shy when pressed to evaluate his own game. "God blessed me with the ability and talents to be able to create for a lot of my teammates. I think me just building the trust even when I wasn't a great offensive player, scoring and taking bad shots at times," he said. "I feel like I can shoot a lot more, but my job is to get everybody else involved and make sure those guys stay in a rhythm ... My main goal to is to bring a championship here. That's something that hasn't been done in a long, long time." CSNWashington.com

For Kris Humphries to retain his minutes in the future with the Wizards, he realizes where he has to expand his game in the same way Drew Gooden re-invented himself by becoming a three-point shooter. "I never really worked on shooting threes and stuff. I started working on it this year," said Humphries, a power forward who has a mid-range game and doesn't play much with his back to the basket on offense. "I had a lot of success in the last month (practicing) or so I really working on it every day, continue to work on it next year, add to my game." CSNWashington.com

May 22, 2015 Updates

There is no guarantee Butler will be around for the next step. He is among the team's four free agents. At his age, it's unlikely the Wizards make retaining him a main priority as they ponder big picture moves with a conference and NBA title in mind. If Pierce returns and with Beal and Porter around, most of the wing minutes will be gobbled up by that trio. Then again, who would have imagined Butler's impact on the 2014-15 season. "A lot of things change over free agency, "Butler said. "Not really sure the direction the team is going to go in. Only thing I can control is how I prepare myself to be ready." CSNWashington.com

Just like he wasn’t on the list for Team USA, for all of the NBA All-Star games he missed out on. How despite being the top pick in the draft, he’s never been the face of the league. And he wasn’t on the list to be the go-to guy for the press until he made himself that person. It’s the thing he’s made a theme of his professional career: He, according to Wall and Wizards faithful, was snubbed. For The Win

May 20, 2015 Updates

The Wizards have made it clear they are committed to signing Beal to the max, but the timing is everything from the standpoint of preserving cap room to chase free agents such as Kevin Durant in 2016. CBSSports.com

If the Wizards don't do the extension this summer, Beal would have two options: Become a restricted free agent next summer (assuming the Wizards extend a qualifying offer, which of course they will), or sign his $7.5 million qualifying offer and become unrestricted in 2017. Wizards GM Ernie Grunfeld and Beal's agent, Mark Bartelstein, have yet to initiate extension talks, but they will soon. CBSSports.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

“As much as I love Nene, and I think Nene understands this too, I would love to play with a stretch-four, with a guy who shoots the ball from the three-point line,” Gortat said. “Because that automatically gives me room under the basket to operate and gives me more opportunity to play pick-and-rolls and roll to the paint where the paint is open.” Washington Post

Sometime around the all-star break, the gregarious Marcin Gortat who had captivated the District vanished. After several months of humorous, insightful and candid takes, he politely rushed through interviews if he did them at all. When asked twice over the final weeks of the season to assess his individual campaign, Gortat said he would address his personal situation during his exit interview. That came Monday. “I would say in the eight years of my career, the eighth year was pretty much the toughest one from a personal standpoint,” said Gortat, who completed the first of a five-year, $60 million contract. “I had some issues during the season and that definitely didn’t help me to focus on basketball. That part is on me, definitely on me. I can’t blame anybody for that. I’m not going to talk about those issues. That’s why we call this personal business.” Washington Post

Pierce, 37, was reinvigorated in these NBA playoffs, helping the Wizards to the Eastern Conference semifinals. He has a player option with the Wizards next season, but could opt out and become a free agent. “Paul’s an amazing guy and an even more amazing player,” Bradley said. “I would love for him to be a part of the Celtics again. I mean, I don’t really know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure every team in the NBA would love to have Paul Pierce on their team. I just wish the best for him.” Boston Globe

May 18, 2015 Updates

Pierce, 37, was reinvigorated in these NBA playoffs, helping the Wizards to the Eastern Conference semifinals. He has a player option with the Wizards next season, but could opt out and become a free agent. “Paul’s an amazing guy and an even more amazing player,” Bradley said. “I would love for him to be a part of the Celtics again. I mean, I don’t really know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure every team in the NBA would love to have Paul Pierce on their team. I just wish the best for him.” Boston Globe

Count Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley among those that wouldn't be opposed to seeing Paul Pierce finish his career in green. Bradley said Monday during an interview on Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub that he'd very much embrace the chance to play alongside Pierce again if the opportunity presented itself. "I would love that," Bradley said. "To me, Paul is always going to be a Boston Celtic. The things that he's been able to accomplish in his time here, it was just amazing. And I’m pretty sure all the Boston fans would love that, too." ESPN.com

 

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