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Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (knee) will not play in Wednesday's preseason game.
Impact: He continues to deal with an undisclosed knee injury, and with Wednesday being the Wizards' last preseason game, we won't see Pierce again until perhaps the season opener. Continue to monitor his status prior to the Oct. 29 tilt against the Heat.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall (knee) said he will play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Knicks, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Tendinitis in his knee kept Wall out of action Monday, but he said he would have played through it had it been a regular season game. Expect to see him back in action Wednesday for the Wizards' preseason finale.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Wizards have signed Lucas. The Wizards made the move Tuesday.
Impact: Lucas has played in six NBA seasons with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah, appearing in 216 regular-season games with eight starts. Last season, Lucas played in 42 games with Utah, averaging 3.8 points.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lucas has officially signed with the Wizards, Sportando reports.
Impact: Lucas will presumably step in and fill the 15th roster spot with the regular season set to begin next week. In six NBA seasons, the former Oklahoma State star has spent time with Houston, Chicago, Toronto and Utah. He appeared in 42 games for the Jazz last season, averaging 3.8 points and 1.0 assists in just over 14 minutes. At a glance, Lucas will likely slide in as the third or fourth point guard behind John Wall and Andre Miller.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lucas is nearing a deal with the Wizards, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Impact: With Bradley Beal expected to miss six weeks due to a wrist injury, the Wizards are seeking veteran depth in the backcourt. Lucas bounced around in a couple of trades this offseason before the Celtics waived him in late September.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Temple played 42 minutes on Monday, scoring 13 points (4-9 FG, 0-3 3P, 5-6 FT) with five assists and three rebounds.
Impact: With Bradley Beal (wrist) out to begin the season and Paul Pierce (knee) and Glen Rice (ankle) currently hobbled as well, Wizards coach Randy Wittman had little choice but to give Temple all the work he could handle. Both Pierce and Rice should be in the lineup when the regular season starts though, so don't rush out to grab Temple.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice (ankle) will not play Monday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Rice sprained his ankle last week and is still hampered by the injury. He's likely being held out as a precaution, and whether or not he plays Wednesday against New York will be a better indication of how healthy he is with the regular season set to begin next week.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Pierce (knee) will not play Monday against the Pelicans.
Impact: Pierce is dealing with an undisclosed knee injury and will take the night off Monday. He played 23 minutes in Friday's loss to the Hornets, scoring 11 points (4-7 FG) to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall (knee) will not play in Monday's preseason game against the Pelicans.
Impact: Wall is battling knee tendinitis and will take the night off in hopes of avoiding a flare-up. He's dealt with knee troubles in the past, though this does not seem to be anything considered serious. He could take a few more days off with the regular season still more than a week away.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter said he has gotten a little bit more work at shooting guard in practice since teammate Glen Rice sprained his ankle Wednesday, CSN Washington reports.
Impact: While the extent of Rice's injury is still murky, the Wizards will undoubtedly be without Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) for at least the first few weeks of the season. Rice, Porter and Garrett Temple are the leading candidates to take on Beal's minutes, with Rice probably the most natural fit at off-guard. Whether or not he ends up starting, Porter seems to be assured of a key role in the rotation to start the season.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: James will get extra playing time during the preseason after Brad Beal (fractured wrist) and Glen Rice (sprained ankle) suffered injuries, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: Rice may be back for the start of the season but Beal is out for 6-to-8 weeks. James, Rasual Butler and Xavier Silas have thus seen their chances to make the roster improve, though none of the bunch figures to have a huge role, as the Wizards will likely use point guard Garrett Temple and small forward Otto Porter to cover some of Beal's minutes.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler will get extra playing time during the preseason after Brad Beal (fractured wrist) and Glen Rice (sprained ankle) suffered injuries, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: Butler entered camp on a non-guaranteed deal, merely hoping for a shot at one of the final spots on the roster. With the Wizards now lacking a healthy true shooting guard, the likes of Butler, Xavier Silas and Damion James may be competing for a role in the team's early-season rotation. Beal's spot in the starting lineup will likely be filled by Rice or Otto Porter.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter could see more playing time because of injuries to teammates Brad Beal (fractured wrist) and Glen Rice (sprained ankle), CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: With Martell Webster (back) already expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season, Porter and Rice were in line to compete for bench minutes on the wing. Then, Beal suffered a fracture that's expected to keep him out for 6-to-8 weeks, freeing up a spot in the Wizards' starting lineup. The most likely replacements for Beal are Rice and Porter, though the latter would presumably work as a small forward, pushing Paul Pierce to the shooting guard spot. With Rice now bothered by what appears to be a fairly serious ankle sprain, Porter seems even more important to Washington's plans than before. It doesn't hurt that he's having a solid preseason, following a strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League. Last year's No. 3 overall pick should enter the season with a crucial role, though Rice is probably still the favorite to replace Beal in the starting lineup for the opener.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice, who sprained his ankle during Wednesday's preseason game against Maccabi Haifa, arrived at Thursday's practice without a walking boot, CSN Washington's J. Michael reports.
Impact: According to CSN Washington's J. Michael, Rice used crutches in the locker room after Wednesday's game, then left the Verizon Center in a walking boot. The second-year wing still hasn't undergone an MRI, but he is apparently bothered by significant swelling. With Brad Beal (fractured wrist) already out for at least the first 3-4 weeks of the regular season, Rice is likely headed for a key role in the Washington rotation, and may even challenge for a starting spot. The other leading candidates for added playing time in Beal's absence are Garrett Temple and Otto Porter, as Martell Webster (back) is also expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Rice will not return to Wednesday's game after suffering a sprained right ankle, the Wizards official website reports.
Impact: Rice left the game after playing 11 minutes as a starter for the Wizards. The injury is supposedly just a sprain, so it shouldn't be too serious, but we'll have to wait for an update after the game in order to get any further details on the situation. Depending on the severity, it's highly possible he won't play in the Wizards' next preseason game Friday.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Washington Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Bradley Beal and their third-year option on Porter.
Impact: Porter joined the Wizards in 2013 and averaged only 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds in 37 games last season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Wizards have exercised their fourth-year contract option on Beal and their third-year option on forward Otto Porter.
Impact: Beal was selected with the No. 3 pick in 2012 and averaged 17.5 points last season. He broke a bone in his left wrist in a preseason game last week and is expected to miss about six weeks.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | STATS
News: Beal will need surgery on his left wrist and it's not clear yet how long he'll be sidelined. Beal had an MRI exam Saturday that showed he has a non-displaced fracture of a bone in his non-shooting wrist. He was hurt in the first quarter of a preseason game against Charlotte on Friday night.
Impact: The Wizards said Saturday that they will announce a timeline for Beal's recovery after the operation. Beal averaged 17.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists last season, pairing with John Wall to give the Wizards one of the NBA's most dynamic young backcourt pairs and help the team reach the second round of the playoffs.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beal could miss 6-to-8 weeks after breaking his left wrist in Friday's preseason loss to the Hornets, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The Wizards initially labeled the injury a sprain after Beal left Friday's game in the first quarter, but an MRI on Saturday revealed the fracture. It's a devastating development for both Beal, who seemed primed for a breakout in his third NBA season, and of course the Wizards, who will have to get by with the likes of Garrett Temple and Glen Rice Jr. at shooting guard for the time being with Martell Webster (back) also out. Xavier Silas may be an option as well.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beal is expected to miss "some time" after injuring his left wrist during Friday's preseason game against the Hornets, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: A timetable for his return has not been established, but a person with knowledge of the situation described Beal's injury as "not good" after he underwent an MRI on Saturday. Beal suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday's exhibition, with the Wizards later classifying it as a "sprain," and he was seen with a brace on the wrist after the game. Garrett Temple and Glen Rice Jr. figure to see a spike in playing time, at least in the short term.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beal left Friday's game with a sprained left wrist and will not return.
Impact: Beal logged just ten minutes in Friday's game against the Bobcats before he was forced out with the injury. Assuming it doesn't turn out to be something more serious, he shouldn't miss any regular season time.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Humphries will miss 3-to-4 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair nerve damage in his right pinkie, NBA.com's John Schuhmann reports.
Impact: This means he will almost certainly miss the start of the regular season. Humphries was already a low-end fantasy option this season, as he'll be a bench option on a team that figures to ride its starters. That said, in deeper leagues, he could offer some significant rebounding totals off the bench once healthy.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Porter scored 12 points (4-5 FG, 4-7 FT) with five rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench during Wednesday's preseason game against the Pelicans.
Impact: It was Porter's turn in this one to outplay fellow sophomore wing Glen Rice, as Rice couldn't get his shot to fall. The two will likely be competing for bench minutes all season, although if Paul Pierce were to break down Porter's sharper defensive skills should put him first in line to step into the starting small forward spot.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wall scored 14 points (5-10 FG, 2-3 3P, 2-2 FT) with three assists, two rebounds and a whopping nine turnovers in 24 minutes during the Wizards' preseason game against the Pelicans.
Impact: It's not exactly what you'd call midseason form, but Wall has plenty of time to shake the rust from his game before the regular season kicks off and build on last year's All-Star campaign.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Pierce was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Wednesday.
Impact: Pierce hit Chicago's Joakim Noah in the forehead with his index finger during an altercation in Monday's preseason game.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: DeJuan Blair, Nene, Orton and Xavier Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the NBA on Wednesday.
Impact: The Wizards players left the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah during a preseason game Monday.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the NBA on Wednesday.
Impact: The Wizards players left the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah during a preseason game Monday.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: DeJuan Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the NBA on Wednesday.
Impact: The Wizards players left the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah during Monday's preseason game.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Blair, Nene, Daniel Orton and Xavier Silas were each suspended for one regular-season game by the NBA on Wednesday.
Impact: The Wizards players left the bench area during an altercation between Paul Pierce and Chicago's Joakim Noah during Monday's preseason game.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nene has been suspended for one regular season game for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Monday's preseason game versus the Bulls, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Nene was rested by coach Randy Wittman for Monday's game, but will still be disciplined for his action during a run-in between teammate Paul Pierce and Bulls' center Joakim Noah. As a result, Nene will miss Washington's season opener against the Heat, which should allow Kris Humphries to start at power forward in his Wizards' debut.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Blair has been suspended for one regular season game for leaving the bench area during an altercation in Monday's preseason game versus the Bulls, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Blair will be disciplined for his action during a run-in between teammate Paul Pierce and Bulls' center Joakim Noah on Monday night. Consequently, Blair will be required to miss opening night of this season, putting his Wizards debut on brief delay until Oct. 30 against the Magic.