Apr 12, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) shoots a layup against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Marcin Gortat Plays Pickup Basketball With Austin Rivers, Ben Gordon and More

We’re just a month away from the start of NBA training camp, but that doesn’t mean the players haven’t been perfecting their craft throughout the summer.

Here’s a video of Washington Wizards big man, Marcin Gortat, playing competitive pickup ball with Pelicans guard Austin Rivers and Orlando Magic guard Ben Gordon.

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As crazy as it sounds, there’s no reason for the Washington Wizards, a franchise which was just hoping to make their first playoff appearance in five years at this time last year, to aim any lower this coming season.

- The Washington Wizards added a new big man this summer. Here’s everything you need to know about D.Blair. (via Truth About It)

Blair’s floater is money — it helped him not only make nearly 60 percent of his attempts inside eight feet, with high-arching shots over taller rim protectors, but also qualify in the top 100 for points per play in the pick-and-roll at 0.96 (198 plays).

- The Washington Wizards have a new NBA Developmental League affiliate. (via CSN Washington)

The Wizards have a new D-League affiliate in the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mad Ants, CSNwashington.com has confirmed through a person with knowledge of the situation at the league office Friday.


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