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Washington Wizards Sign Xavier Silas to Training Camp Contract

September 16th, 2014 at 10:43 AM
By Matt Graber

It looks like a familiar face will be headed to the Washington Wizards' training camp, perhaps this time with a legitimate chance to make the team. According to RealGM, the Wizards are finalizing a contract with shooting guard Xavier Silas. Silas was on Wizards's training camp squad last year, but with 15 players already signed to the roster, it was more of a chance to impress another team than an audition for the Wizards.Hhe never really had a chance of making the team and was the final release.

A 6'5" shooting guard, the 26-year old Silas was undrafted coming out of Northern Illinois in 2011. He is the son of former NBA player James Silas. He had one previous NBA stint with the Philadelphia 76ers on a ten-day contract, where he averaged 5.5 points in two regular season games. Silas has also played in the D-League and overseas, most notably for Maccabi Ashdod in Israel last season. While playing for the Sixers summer league team in 2012, Silas suffered a nasty head injury after a collision that left him with a concussion and a potential skull fracture.

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Southeast Division Player Rankings: Small Forwards

September 14th, 2014 at 12:31 PM
By Matt Graber

1) Luol Deng, Miami Heat: Considering that all the recent talk about Deng revolves around the Danny Ferry controversy, it's easy to forget that Deng will be playing for a new team this year. The Heat signing Deng was one of the shrewdest moves of the offseason, as the under-the-radar forward will provide a strong veteran presence and will help form a productive trio alongside Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. A two-time All-Star, Deng averages 16 PPG and 6.3 RPG for his career, averaging 19 points in 23 games with the Bulls last season before being traded to the Cavaliers. Deng's well-rounded production, strong defense, and stamina (he led the NBA in MPG in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013) make him one of the best and most consistent small forwards in the game. In addition, Deng is widely regarded as a high character individual and good teammate. The Heat may have lost LeBron, but they'll replace him with a quality player who should keep them in the playoff race.

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Washington Wizards’ D-League Franchise Fort Wayne Mad Ants to Hold Open Tryouts

September 10th, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Matt Graber

If your an aspiring NBA player living in the DMV area, it's your lucky day. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the new NBA D-League affiliates of the Washington Wizards, will be touring the country holding open tryouts, and one of those stops will be at the Verizon Center on Sunday, September 28. Other stops on the tour include Chicago, Brooklyn, and Atlanta. According to the team's website:

"The 2014 NBA Development League Champions, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, will be hosting several open tryouts across the country leading up to the 2014-15 D-League season. The Mad Ants open tryouts offer athletes the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants' coaching staff. Players will compete to earn an invitation to the team's training camp which will begin in early November."

In addition to the required registration forms, which can be found on the team's website, the tryouts include a non-refundable $150 registration fee, which is due into the Mad Ants office by September 25. Tryouts will be held from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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A Look at the Washington Wizards’ New Court Design

September 9th, 2014 at 7:43 PM
By Matt Graber

The Washington Wizards will have brand new court design for the 2014-1015 season, and if the early photos are any indication, it should be a slick new upgrade. Zach Lowe of Grantland power ranked the NBA court designs and revealed that in addition to the Wizards, the Hawks, Blazers, Raptors, Kings, and Spurs would be getting new designs for the upcoming season. Here's a peek at the new design:

As you can see, it's more of an update than an overhaul, but the changes that were made create a sharp new layout. The color scheme is the inverse of last year's design, now featuring blue baselines and sidelines with red lettering and red keys. But the biggest design change can be seen right at center court, as the old Wizards lettering has been replaced with the DC logo. The new logo is a much better look; it fits better at halfcourt, the hand reaching for the ball is actually basketball-oriented, and it's a nice callback to the Bullets days.

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Is Martell Webster in Danger of Falling Out of the Wizards’ Rotation?

September 7th, 2014 at 9:53 AM
By Matt Graber

Martell Webster has been a solid, high-usage role player in his two seasons with the Wizards. Alternating between starter and sixth man, the veteran has posted career-best numbers and provided value as a spot-up shooter. However, there are some disconcerting factors that could signify that Webster's time as a prominent player on the Wizards is nearing an end. Back surgery, a decrease in production and increased competition could force him out of his sixth man role and send him to the tail end of the rotation.

In 2012-2013, which was, not coincidentally, his contract year, Webster turned in his best season to date as the Wizards' starting small forward. The veteran swingman averaged a career high 11.4 PPG while shooting a career high .422%. He also played some of the best defense of his career while averaging career highs in rebounds and assists, becoming a solid, well-rounded small forward who fit what the Wizards were looking to do on the court.

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