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John Wall to Attend Team USA Camp; Can He Make the Cut?

July 25th, 2014 at 10:21 AM
By Matt Graber

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ESPN's Marc Stein reported yesterday that Washington Wizards point guard John Wall has accepted an invitation to attend Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas next week. Wall's initial exclusion was viewed by many as a snub, as the young guard is coming off a breakout season. But the report is that the team wanted Wall in camp all along and was waiting to make sure he was full committed and able to play at his full strength after a the Wizards' lengthy season. Wall will join teammate Bradley Beal in camp, making the Wizards one of two teams with two players on the camp roster, Golden State being the other with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. While the team will add Wall, they will lose a high-profile name in Blake Griffin. The Clippers forward withdrew his name for consideration from the final roster, as he has chosen to dedicate himself entirely to the Clippers' 2014-2015 season.

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Examining Bradley Beal’s Chances to Make Team USA’s World Cup Roster

July 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 AM
By Matt Graber

                         

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In a somewhat surprising decision, Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal was among the 19 players chosen for Team USA's training camp roster and will compete in camp for a spot on the 12-man roster coach Mike Krzyzewski will bring to the World Cup of Basketball in late August. Being chosen is an honor for the 21 year old guard and shows that he's getting some big-time recognition after his breakout performance in the 2014 playoffs. But Beal has a daunting task ahead of him as he tries to survive the final cut and make the trip to Spain, as he will face stiff competition from some of the NBA's best. 

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The Wizards Will Regret Trading Jordan Clarkson

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:47 AM
By Matt Graber

                                                                                              

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By most accounts, the Washington Wizards have had a successful offseason so far. They resigned Marcin Gortat, added veteran Paul Pierce, and bolstered their front court rotation with solid big men like Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. In addition, Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. were dynamic in the Summer League, with Rice winning MVP honors. However, Rice and Porter aren't the Summer Leaguers tantalizing Wizards fans with their potential. As Wizards draftee and current Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson continues to impress, he'll have Wizards fans wondering what could have been. 

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Are the Wizards’ Bench Woes a Thing of the Past?

July 21st, 2014 at 11:34 AM
By Matt Graber

                                                                                         

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Over the past few seasons, the Wizards have been blessed with quality starters but plagued by a weak bench. The disappointing play of players like Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, and Eric Maynor has killed the Wizards in past years, and the last years playoff run was hindered by a lack of depth and scoring off the bench. On paper, the Wizards should again have one of the best starting fives in the East. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat provide a nice balance of shooting, athleticism, size, defense and experience. The difference this year is that the drop off between the starters and their bench replacements shouldn't' be nearly as dramatic. The Wizards should field a much deeper and experienced bench this season, an improvement that could prove vital come playoff time. 

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Washington Wizards to Retain Garrett Temple and Kevin Seraphin

July 19th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Matt Graber

                                                       

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The Washington Wizards appear to have their roster for the upcoming season pretty much set, as the team will retain the services of guard Garrett Temple and forward Kevin Seraphin. Temple will sign a 2 year deal at the veteran's minimum of $981,084 with a player option of slightly over $1 million for the second year, while Seraphin agreed to a $3.9 million qualifying offer. 

Temple will remain low on the team's depth chart, behind John Wall and Andre Miller at point guard and Bradley Beal and Glen Rice Jr. at shooting guard. However, the 6'6" guard is a solid defender and could see an uptick in minutes in the event of an injury or if Rice shows that he isn't ready for more minutes. The 28 year old veteran averaged 1.8 PPG last year and has career averages of 3.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG and 1.4 APG.

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