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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 09/15/2014

Wizards announce training camp schedule

Ernie Grunfeld and Randy Wittman will oversee Wizards training camp at Verizon Center — not George Mason’s Patriot Center — in two weeks. (Photo by Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post)

The Wizards training camp schedule was released today and the festivities at Verizon Center begin in a week with Media Day on Sept. 29. The team will then practice from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. everyday through Oct. 5.

Practice sessions on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 will be held on the main court. The final four sessions will be on the practice court. Washington opens its preseason schedule on Oct. 6 in Chicago against the Bulls.

Unlike in previous years, the team will not conduct a practice open to the public. Instead, the team plans to fulfill the NBA’s mandate for an open training camp practice by inviting military members to a session, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The plans for that session have not been finalized.

The Wizards will move training camp to Verizon Center for the first time since the lockout-shortened 2011 campaign after holding it at George Mason University three of the past four seasons (2010, 2012, and 2013).

The decision to change the location was made after the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel — the hotel used to house the team during camp — closed and an alternative close to campus wasn’t available.

Before using George Mason’s Patriot Center facility the Wizards were stationed at VCU’s campus in Richmond.

Here is the complete training camp schedule:

Monday, Sept. 29: Media Day — 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Main Court)

Wednesday, Oct. 1: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Main Court)

Thursday, Oct. 2: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Practice Court)

Friday, Oct. 3: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Practice Court)

Saturday, Oct. 4: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Practice Court)

Sunday, Oct. 5: 11 a.m. — 2 p.m. (Practice Court)

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Posted at 06:03 PM ET, 09/15/2014

Wizards sign Xavier Silas to training camp contract, expect to add Damion James (updated)

[Update, Sept. 19, 2:26 p.m.: Damion James has officially signed with the Wizards, his agency Priority Sports tweeted.]

With the start of training camp practices just two weeks and one day away, the Wizards have begun putting the finishing touches on the list of attendees.

The team signed guard Xavier Silas to a training camp contract and are finalizing an identical deal with swingman Damion James, a person with knowledge of the transactions said Monday.

This will be the second straight training camp with the Wizards for Silas, who has been working out at Verizon Center recently. The 6-foot-5 shooter averaged four points in three preseason games last year and was released before the start of the season. He went to play in Israel and Argentina.

Silas appeared in two games with the Sixers during his rookie season after going undrafted in 2011 and hasn’t played in an NBA regular-season game since.

A 6-foot-7 slasher, James was a first-round pick out of Texas in 2010, but had his career derailed by a foot injury the following season. He has played in just seven NBA regular-season games the last two seasons, including a stint with the San Antonio Spurs last spring that concluded with a championship, though James wasn’t on the active roster for the NBA Finals.

The Wizards expect to add more players to their training camp roster by the end of the week. Teams are allowed to employ a roster of up to 20 players during the preseason.

The training camp invitees will have the chance to compete for the final spot on the Wizards’ 15-man roster, though the team could decide to leave the spot vacant to begin the regular season.

Wizards training camp practices begin Sept. 30 and conclude Oct. 5. They begin their eight-game preseason slate on Oct. 6 against the Chicago Bulls.

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Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 09/10/2014

Nenê, Brazil eliminated from FIBA World Cup in quarterfinals

Nenê, right, scored four points in Brazil’s 84-56 loss to Serbia in the quarterfinals of the FIBA World Cup. (AP Photo/Daniel Tejedor)

The only member of the Wizards participating in the FIBA World Cup has been eliminated.

Nenê and his Brazil squad were upset by Serbia, 84-56, in the quarterfinals Wednesday in Madrid. Brazil was viewed as the favorite after going 5-1 in the tournament and defeating Serbia in group play. The Brazilians played the part early and held a three-point lead late in the first half. But Serbia outscored Brazil 29-12 in the third quarter and never looked back.

Nenê was limited to four points on 2 of 8 shooting and four rebounds in 19 minutes. He also blocked two shots. The 6-foot-11 power forward averaged 6.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and 4.1 rebounds in Brazil’s seven games.

Most importantly for the Wizards, it appears the 31-year-0ld, who averaged 19 minutes per game, completed the tournament without sustaining an injury.

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Tags:  Brazil, FIBA, FIBA World Cup, NBA, Nene, Serbia

Posted at 12:25 AM ET, 09/09/2014

Wizards D-League affiliate to hold open tryouts at Verizon Center

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants — the Wizards’ new NBA Developmental League affiliate — have announced they will hold an open tryout at Verizon Center on Sept. 28.

For a registration fee of $150 (if registered by Sept. 25) made by money order or cashier’s check, anyone can tryout to join the Mad Ants. Registration after Sept. 25 is $200. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the tryout is scheduled from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Mad Ants, the 2014 D-League champions, replaced the Iowa Energy as Washington’s D-League affiliate after the Energy agreed to an exclusive affiliation with the Memphis Grizzlies. Fort Wayne will also serve as the minor-league partner for the Charlotte Hornets, Orlando Magic, Milwaukee Bucks, and Indiana Pacers this season.

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Tags:  Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA D-League, Wizards

Posted at 03:08 PM ET, 09/04/2014

Wizards hire Howard Eisley as assistant coach (updated)

Howard Eisley is set to join Randy Wittman’s coaching staff. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

[Update, Sept. 4, 3:08 p.m.: The Wizards officially announced the hiring of Howard Eisley in a statement released Thursday.]

[Original post, Sept. 3, 1 p.m.:] The Wizards are on the verge of completing a deal to hire Howard Eisley as an assistant coach under Randy Wittman, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. David Aldridge of TNT first reported the negotiations.

Eisley’s arrival would complete an unofficial trade of assistants between the Wizards and the Clippers this offseason. Last month, assistant coach Sam Cassell left Washington after five seasons for Doc Rivers’s staff and a pay raise in Los Angeles, where Eisley had been a player development coach since 2010.

Like Cassell, Eisley was a longtime point guard in the NBA and will work with Wizards back-court players. Eisley, 41, played for eight teams over 12 NBA seasons. He and Wizards backup point guard Andre Miller were teammates with the Denver Nuggets during Eisley’s final season in 2006.

Eisley posted career averages of 6.5 points and 3.5 assists per game.

Eisley will be the third new assistant on Wittman’s staff this season. David Adkins was hired as the team’s player development coach after Ryan Saunders departed for his father Flip’s staff in Minnesota and Roy Rogers, a big-man specialist, was brought in after a season with the Brooklyn Nets.

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Tags:  Clippers, Howard Eisley, Randy WIttman, sam cassell


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