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Washington Wizards Continue Their Pursuit of Ray Allen

September 22nd, 2014 at 2:03 PM
By Matt Graber

The Washington Wizards haven't given up in their pursuit of free agent guard Ray Allen, according to CSN Washington. The Wizards have reportedly reached out to Allen again after contacting him earlier this month, with the hopes of convincing him to come to DC should he return for another season. While the Wizards were, and still are, considered long shots to land Allen, this continued contact means that they haven't' been ruled out. According to CSN:

"First, the Wizards are waiting to get a definitive answer from Allen if he's returning for another season. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Allen's agent Jim Tanner hasn't told the Wizards that they wouldn't be an option."

The 39 year old Allen is still undecided on whether he'll return for another NBA season. If he does return, the Wizards will face stiff competition for his services, as the Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers, and Dallas Mavericks have also expressed an interest in the veteran guard.

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Washington Wizards Sign Damion James to Training Camp Contract

September 19th, 2014 at 11:12 AM
By Matt Graber

As expected, Damion James is headed to Wizards training camp. As reported earlier by CSNWashington, the Wizards have been close to a deal with the free agent forward for days, and according to RealGM, the move is now official, as the site lists James to the Wizards on their Transactions page. The details of the contract aren't out yet, but it's likely identical to the contract Xavier Silas signed with the team a few days ago. Both James and Silas will enter training camp with the hope of snagging the Wizards' 15th and final roster spot.

James, 26, was drafted 24th overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2010 and had his rights subsequently traded to the New Jersey Nets. He spent three seasons with the Nets before a brief five-game stint with the San Antonio Spurs last season. James has been used sparingly throughout his career and has fluctuated between the NBA and the D-League. His best season came in 2011-2012, where he averaged 4.9 PPG and 4.7 RPG in 24.3 MPG, but even that brief run only lasted 7 games before a season-ending injury.

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Former Washington Wizards Guard Jordan Crawford to Play in China

September 18th, 2014 at 8:26 PM
By Matt Graber

It looks like Jordan Crawford's NBA career has come to an end, at least for the time being. According to Hupu.com, the former Wizards, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors guard has signed a contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. According to Crawford's Twitter, the deal was signed a month ago, and Hupu also reports that he is already in China training.

Drafted 27th overall out of Xavier University by the then New Jersey Nets, Crawford was traded to the Wizards in February 2011 in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks involving Kirk Hinrich. In his three years with the Wizards, Crawford frequently demonstrated his ability to put up points, such as a 39 point outburst against the Miami Heat. But he was always more of an inefficient gunner with questionable shot selection then a true scoring threat, as he barely cracked .40% shooting from the field. Crawford quickly fell out of favor upon the arrival of Bradley Beal, and he was traded to the Celtics in February 2013.

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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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