Washington Wizards
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Patrick Baldwin
Report: Patrick Baldwin headed to WAS in CP3 deal
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 11:53 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Patrick Baldwin is part of the trade with the Warriors headlined by Chris Paul.
Analysis: Baldwin wasn't initially announced as being part of the deal, but he will also be headed to Washington. Jordan Poole is the headliner, but Baldwin and Ryan Rollins will have the opportunity to earn credible minutes on a rebuilding team. Baldwin was dealing with a toe injury during the postseason, so making sure he's healthy and can play in Summer League may be the first order of business for the Wizards once the deal becomes official.
Ryan Rollins
Report: Ryan Rollins headed to Wizards via trade
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 2:25 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Ryan Rollins has been included in the trade that will send Jordan Poole and two future draft picks to the Wizards.
Analysis: Rollins, Poole, a 2030 first-round pick, and a 2027 second-round pick are headed to the Wizards, with Chris Paul heading to Golden State. Rollins was limited to 12 games last season due to foot issues, with the 2022 second-round pick undergoing surgery to repair a Jones fracture in his fifth metatarsal (right foot) in early February. He isn't someone fantasy managers should have on their boards going into drafts, but Rollins should have ample opportunities to earn minutes with the rebuilding Wizards.
Jordan Poole
Shams: Jordan Poole, draft picks headed to Wizards
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 2:20 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Wizards have traded Chris Paul to the Warriors in exchange for Jordan Poole, a 2030 first-round pick, and a 2027 second-round pick.
Analysis: Despite signing a rookie extension with the Warriors that will go into effect this season, Poole is switching coasts. While he won't be on a championship contender (or playoff contender, for that matter), he'll be capable of producing big numbers for a rebuilding Wizards team. Poole's fantasy value took a major hit last season due to Klay Thompson being fully healthy, but he'll recoup that and then some in Washington, especially if they don't re-sign Kyle Kuzma. After finishing last season ranked just inside the top 150 in 9-cat, per-game value, Poole is in a spot where he can make a run at the top-75, if not higher.
Monte Morris
Wizards contacting teams about Monte Morris
Thu, Jun 22, 2023, 10:19 AM
Jake Fischer
The Wizards have been contacting teams about Monte Morris, according to Yahoo's Jake Fischer.
Analysis: As Washington unloads all of their win-now pieces, Morris could be the next to go. It's unclear who has interest or what it would net them, but it would clear up minutes for a young guard. That could be for Johnny Davis, or a player that they take with the eighth pick in the draft.
Mike Muscala
Mike Muscala headed to Wizards in three-team trade
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 11:26 PM
Keith Smith on Twitter
Mike Muscala has been traded to the Wizards as part of the three-team deal between Washington, Boston, and Memphis.
Analysis: Muscala, who was acquired from the Thunder at the trade deadline in February, isn't the only player headed to Washington in this deal. Danilo Gallinari and Tyus Jones will also be along with the 35th overall pick in Thursday's draft. Memphis receives Marcus Smart, while Boston gets Kristaps Porzingis and first-round picks in 2023 (25th overall) and 2024 (via Golden State). While Muscala's fantasy impact was minimal at best last season, he was a solid veteran for the Thunder before he was dealt to the Celtics. That may help keep him on board in Washington as the Wizards embark on a rebuild.
Danilo Gallinari
Danilo Gallinari dealt to Wizards in 3-team trade
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 11:22 PM
Keith Smith on Twitter
According to Spotrac's Keith Smtih, Danilo Gallinari has been traded to the Wizards in the three-team deal between Washington, Boston, and Memphis.
Analysis: Due to a torn ACL suffered while representing Italy last summer, Gallinari didn't play at all this season. He's headed to the nation's capital, and it's fair to wonder if he'll be on the roster come opening night. For that reason, it's difficult to project Gallinari's fantasy value ahead of next season. Also headed to Washington are Mike Muscala, Tyus Jones, and the 35th overall pick in Thursday's draft.
Tyus Jones
Report: Tyus Jones headed to Wizards via trade
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 11:02 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Tyus Jones has been traded to Washington as part of the three-team deal headlined by Kristaps Porzingis.
Analysis: Wednesday afternoon, it was reported that the Wizards, Celtics, and Clippers were closing in on a three-team deal that would send Porzingis to Boston. But the Clippers had concerns regarding Malcolm Brogdon's health, so that deal was scrapped. Instead, Memphis is the third team, with Jones being moved to Washington. Even with Ja Morant being suspended for the first 25 games of next season, Jones' reported dissatisfaction with coming off the bench led to his being mentioned in trade rumors. Even with Chris Paul having been acquired from the Suns, there's no guarantee he'll ever suit up for the Wizards. That would leave Jones and Monte Morris as the point guard options in D.C., so the former has a better shot of starting next season. That would certainly boost his fantasy value.
Kristaps Porzingis
Woj: Porzingis three-team trade talks fall apart
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 9:30 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, discussions of a three-team trade between the Wizards, Celtics, and Clippers have fallen apart.
Analysis: Wednesday afternoon it was reported that the Wizards, Celtics, and Clippers were closing in on a three-team trade. Kristaps Porzingis would opt into the final season of his deal and move on to Boston, with Malcolm Brogdon heading to Los Angeles. As for the Clippers, they would send Marcus Morris, Amir Coffey, and the 30th overall pick to Washington, with the Wizards gaining another draft pick and some cap flexibility for their rebuild. But the talks have fallen through, with the teams now reportedly going their separate ways. Porzingis can be an unrestricted free agent if he doesn't opt into the final year of his contract, but Wojnarowski reported that the Wizards are still working to trade him to Boston.
Kristaps Porzingis
Shams: Kristaps to Celtics trade nearly complete
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 3:37 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
The three team trade between the Celtics, Wizards and Clippers that would send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston is nearly complete, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Analysis: The trade was initially rumored just a few hours ago, but things appears to be progressing rather quickly. It wouldn't be shocking if Porzingis was on the Celtics by the end of the day. Shams' report suggest that Malcolm Brogdon will land with the Clippers, and Marcus Morris will end up in Washington. Yahoo's Jake Fischer reported that he's hearing that Danilo Gallinari may end up in Washington as well, where he would likely be a buyout candidate. The Clippers would also send the Wizards the 30th pick in the draft on Thursday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that Amir Coffey would also be sent to Washington.
Kristaps Porzingis
Celtics, Wizards engaged in Porzingis trade talks
Wed, Jun 21, 2023, 1:35 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
The Wizards, Clippers and Celtics have been engaged in potential trade talks that would send Kristaps Porzingis to Boston, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
Analysis: Charania's report suggests that deal would result in KP heading to Boston, Malcolm Brogdon being sent to the Clippers, and Marcus Morris being dealt to the Wizards, along with draft capital. Porzingis logged 65 games and produced career highs in points (23.2), assists (2.7), steals (0.9) and FG% (48.9) to go with 8.4 boards, 1.6 swats and 2.1 triples. It was arguably his best season as a pro, and it's no surprise that the Celtics have interest in bringing him in. They have a defensive-minded big man who can stroke triples in Al Horford, but Porzingis provides a much-younger and more talented version of the veteran. Porzingis has a $36 million player option for 2023-24, and a deal with Boston would likely involve an opt-in and trade. Brogdon won the Sixth Man of the Year award last season, but he could end up being a starter for the Clippers. Morris would be a potential buyout candidate or be swung to a different team, since the Wizards would shift to a tank.
Kyle Kuzma
Woj: Kyle Kuzma declines 2023-24 player option
Tue, Jun 20, 2023, 1:39 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Kyle Kuzma has declined his $13 million player option for the 2023-24 season.
Analysis: As expected Kyle Kuzma will be testing the free agent market. The former NBA champion put up career highs in both points (21.2) and assists (3.7) last season. With Bradley Beal already traded away the path is there for the Wizards to begin their rebuild with Kuzma as one of their cornerstone pieces however, Kyle is certain to have a lot of suitors this summer.
Landry Shamet
Landry Shamet headed to DC in Beal, CP3 trade
Sun, Jun 18, 2023, 5:05 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
Landry Shamet and Chris Paul are heading to the Wizards along with second-round picks for Bradley Beal.
Analysis: Shamet has been a reliable role player throughout his career, having averaged 2.0 triples on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc across five seasons. Shamet has never logged more than 27.4 minutes per game in a season, and an expanded role with the Wizards could be a needed shot in the arm for his career.
Chris Paul
WAS to shop CP3, Clippers interested in reunion
Sun, Jun 18, 2023, 4:58 PM
Chris Haynes on Twitter
According to TNT's Chris Haynes, the Wizards are expected to re-route Chris Paul before completing their trade with Phoenix, and the Clippers are interested in acquiring him.
Analysis: No surprises here, as CP3 wants to finish out his career chasing a title. The Wizards' playoffs hopes are slim-to-none, and reuniting Paul with the Clippers would finally give LA a star-caliber point guard to run an offense led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Chris Paul
Chris Paul dealt to Washington in Beal deal
Sun, Jun 18, 2023, 3:41 PM
Shams Charania
Chris Paul and Landry Shamet were traded to the Wizards for Bradley Beal, according to Shams Charania.
Analysis: CP3’s time in Phoenix was over, and he’ll get yet another home in Washington. It’s unclear if the Wizards plan to keep him, but at this point in his career it would be surprising if Beal wanted to play for a team not seriously chasing a championship. No matter where he ultimately ends up playing next season, Paul’s ability to score, assist and hit threes gives him a solid fantasy floor.
Bradley Beal
Shams: Heat, Suns emerge as finalists for Beal
Sat, Jun 17, 2023, 1:01 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Wizards "are engaged in serious talks" with the Heat and Suns regarding Bradley Beal.
Analysis: The Heat making the cut is no surprise, as it was reported by Marc Stein on Thursday that they were believed to be the favorites to land Beal. On the other hand, Phoenix being mentioned is interesting in the fact that the team needs to improve its bench. Adding Beal to the mix wouldn't accomplish that, but it would give Frank Vogel a potent offensive trio to work with due to the presence of Devin Booker and Kevin Durant. Given Beal's contract, Deandre Ayton's name is one to watch regarding who could be included in a deal between the Wizards and Suns.
Bradley Beal
Stein: Heat seen as 'favorites' for Bradley Beal
Thu, Jun 15, 2023, 2:38 PM
Marc Stein on Substack
According to Marc Stein, the Heat are "widely regarded" as the favorites to acquire Bradley Beal if the Wizards were to trade him this summer.
Analysis: One day after it was reported that the Wizards and Beal's agent will work together to find him a new home should the former decide to begin a rebuild, a favorite has reportedly emerged. Miami, which has also been mentioned in connection with Damian Lillard, is viewed as that team. Per Stein's report, the Heat are believed to be on Beal's list of desired teams, and his possession of a no-trade clause gives him a lot of power. As would be the case with Lillard should Portland decide to entertain the possibility of trading him, Beal has a hefty contract that would demand a lot in return in order to make the salary numbers work. A name to keep an eye on should Washington look to make a deal with Miami is Tyler Herro, whose new contract (worth $120 million over four years) goes into effect next season.
Bradley Beal
UnBEALievable: Wiz may look to trade away Bradley
Wed, Jun 14, 2023, 1:30 PM
Shams Charania on Twitter
Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards are working together to find a trade if the team decides to go into rebuild mode, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Analysis: The Wizards will reportedly look to trade Beal if the team decides to reset the roster in the near future. Beal, a three-time All-Star and 2020-21 All-NBA selection is in year two of a 5-year/$251M contract. The contract also includes a no-trade clause. Next season Beal is scheduled to make $46M and has a player option of $57M for the 2026-27 season. Beal, the Wizards' 3rd overall pick in 2012, has played all 11 years of his career in Washington. However, with a new front office in place, there is a high chance they'll be looking to offload his albatross of a contract and start a new era of Wizards basketball.
Isaiah Todd
WAS starting Goodwin, Davis, Kispert, Todd, Cooks
Sun, Apr 9, 2023, 11:33 AM
Washington Wizards on Twitter
The Wizards will start Jordan Goodwin, Jordan Davis, Corey Kispert, Isaiah Todd and Xavier Cooks against Houston on Sunday.
Analysis: Todd and Cooks will get their first career start in game 82 for the Wizards. They'll be without the majority of their veterans and usual rotation pieces, so plenty of guys will play big minutes that have spent most of the season on the bench.
Delon Wright
Delon Wright (knee) ruled out Sunday vs. Rockets
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 2:38 PM
NBA Injury Report
Delon Wright will sit out Sunday's game against the Rockets with a sore right knee.
Analysis: Absent from the initial injury report, Wright was added to the updated version and will not play in the season finale. Jordan Goodwin should move into the starting lineup, with Quenton Jackson also in line for increased playing time.
Deni Avdija
Deni Avdija (left elbow) out Sunday vs. Rockets
Sat, Apr 8, 2023, 1:09 PM
Ava Wallace on Twitter
Deni Avdija has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rockets with left elbow bursitis.
Analysis: Avdija will miss a fourth straight game to end the regular season, a disappointing end to a season in which he showed some promise. Well off the fantasy radar to begin the season, the third-year forward's best games generally occurred when the Wizards were without Kyle Kuzma or Kristaps Porzingis. Finishing the season ranked just inside the top 200 in 9-cat, per-game value, Avdija will need the rotation to clear up some if his fantasy value is to improve in 2023-24.


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