HoopsHype Washington Wizards rumors

Roster | Salaries | On Twitter | Twitters | Instagram

Washington Wizards VIDEOS

October 11, 2014 Updates
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

October 7, 2014 Updates

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

Noah initiated the first contact, pushing Pierce away as referees went over to the scorers’ table to decide whether to escalate Pierce’s foul on Bulls guard Jimmy Butler to flagrant. Pierce swiped Noah’s hand away. Noah pushed back and Pierce swiped again. Pierce then poked Noah’s face with his left index finger as Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau tried to separate the two to spark a benches-clearing altercation. Both players squared up, but no punches were thrown in front of an announced sellout crowd of 21,047. “It’s good for TV, I guess,” said Pierce, who scored two points, grabbed seven rebounds, and committed five fouls in 19 minutes. “I don’t know what to say. It just happened. It’s not scripted, but it just happened.” Washington Post

Kris Humphries was in the Wizards’ starting lineup for their preseason opener against the Bulls Monday in place of power forward Nenê, who was given the night off to rest, but he won’t be around for the remainder of the Wizards’ three-game road trip. Humphries left the game with 2 minutes 50 seconds remaining in the second quarter of the Wizards’ 85-81 win at United Center after slicing his right hand on the rim attempting to block a layup. He needed eight stitches for the laceration and has been ruled out for the Wizards’ next two games. “We’ll know more in the morning,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “We’re going to send him back home. He can’t do anything because of those stitches so we’ll send him back home so he’ll get some workouts and conditioning in.” Washington Post

October 6, 2014 Updates

David Aldridge: Was Washington your first choice? I heard all summer you wanted to go home to L.A., to the Clippers. Paul Pierce: Obviously, this is my first time in free agency. I really didn't know where I was going to end up. Truthfully, I thought I was going to end up back in Brooklyn, with Kevin [Garnett]. I told Kevin, if you're not going to retire, then I probably will come back. But when Brooklyn didn't give me an offer, it was like, I talked to him, and I kind of started looking at my options then. I thought I probably would end up with the Clippers with Doc [Rivers], but they wound up signing Spencer Hawes [and using the full mid-level exception] at the time. That's when Sam Cassell gave me a call, shortly after Trevor Ariza signed with Houston. That kind of happened so fast. He signed, and Sam called me, and [asked] what I thought. We both were in Vegas at the time, talking on the phone. Then met him for lunch. Then met him again for dinner. It took some convincing, because I never really thought about Washington. It just wasn't on my radar. But I started thinking about it, and everything he was telling me, based on what they did last year, the guys they have here, he talked about the culture, he talked about Coach [Randy Wittman], Ernie [Grunfeld, the GM], talked to him. NBA.com

David Aldridge: Were you surprised that Brooklyn didn't try harder to move you to the Clippers with a sign-and-trade, since that was the only way the Clippers could get you after they signed Hawes? Paul Pierce: You know what, I didn't know what to expect. Brooklyn's been, or New Jersey, Brooklyn, they're a franchise that's going in a different direction, I think. They said they wanted to cut costs, they felt like they weren't going to be a contender. Right now, they're kind of in the middle right now. And I really didn't want to be in the middle. I didn't know if they wanted to do a sign-and-trade. I had to make my own destiny. I couldn't put it in the faith of somebody else. And that's when I was like, I'm coming here. NBA.com

This process never gets old for Andre Miller, entering his first full season with the Wizards at 38 and in the last year of his contract. No matter what this season holds, this isn't a farewell for him as he plans on sticking around the NBA. "I will. I feel good. If I didn't feel good I'd say this would be the last year," said Miller, who was acquired from the Denver Nuggets in a Feb. 20 trade and will play his first preseason game tonight at the Chicago Bulls (CSN, 8 p.m. ET). "I've done a good job in training camp, taking care of my body during the summer and keeping up with the younger guys so will see where we're at towards the end of the season." CSNWashington.com

October 5, 2014 Updates

Realizing the test ahead, a bloated Seraphin wasn’t permitted to play for France in the FIBA World Cup and began his preparation for the NBA season at the beginning of August. He weighed in then at 293 pounds, the result of inactivity following surgery on the meddlesome right knee. Two months later, Seraphin weighs 273 pounds, the lightest he has been in his NBA career. Five days into training camp, he feels the difference. “I’m light on my feet,” said Seraphin, the 17th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft. “I’m running. I’m active. I’m everywhere. And before I could not do that. I got tired easily. Now I’m just running, just jumping everywhere.” Washington Post

October 4, 2014 Updates

"Randy Wittman has a great philosophy offensively and defensively. I'm very familiar with the system," Pierce said after another three-hour practice. "A lot of the different coaches run kind of the same system in a way. Some of the things he put in I'm very familiar with. I'm picking up stuff fast. "I like it. I've been with pretty much every kind of coach. When you've been with a guy like Rick Pitino, Doc Rivers, J. Kidd. He has his own demeanor. All coaches are different with their demeanor and how they handle players. But I think Witt, being a former player, he understands the players. He understands how hard to push you and when to pull back." CSNWashington.com

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN WIZARDS HISTORY

Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison are the only two new-era players cracking the Top 10.

   

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.