When Michael Sam came out and admitted to everyone outside of the University of Missouri that he was gay going into the NFL draft, he talked with Jason Collins who did something similar during the NBA offseason. Collins, a 7-footer who had played 12 seasons, last played for the Wizards who acquired him in a late-season trade with the Boston Celtics. Collins was a little-used reserve and the Wizards renounced his rights to make him a free agent last summer. The intention all along, persons with knowledge of the situation told CSN Washington at the time, was that Collins, A.J. Price and Cartier Martin wouldn't be retained.
A.J. Price returned to the Verizon Center on Tuesday for the first time since the end of last season. The Wizards signed Price to a one-year contract before the 2012-13 season for the role of John Wall's backup. The engaging guard didn't return for kicks, but as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who sought backcourt depth this offseason. So did the Wizards.
NBA training camps begin opening over the next few days. As of now or at least as far as the public knows, A.J. Price remains on the outside looking in regarding a camp invite. One report from a Minneapolis-based reporter suggests that might not be the case much longer.
After a largely suspect first season in Indiana, Pacers point guard D.J. Augustin is finding his rhythm in the playoffs and reminding why he's a free agent to monitor should the Wizards pass on A.J. Price.
Even if the Wizards re-sign A.J. Price and Garrett Temple, an opening for a perimeter threat behind Bradley Beal remains. Bulls wing guard Marco Belinelli could be the free agent to fill it.
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May 4 11:53 ET
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Timberwolves stay in playoff contention, beat Pistons 114-101 (The SportsXchange) (1 Day Ago | courtesy: The SportsXchange) Two days after an inexcusable home loss to the slumping Knicks, the Wolves came out on fire Friday, taking a big early lead en route to a 114-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Target Center that kept them five games out of eighth place in the Western Conference. "We learned from the other night," said guard Kevin Martin, who scored 11 of his 24 points in the first quarter as the Wolves jumped out to an 18 point lead. The Wolves came out flat, allowed the Knicks to find a rhythm and never really found one themselves. Martin and forward Kevin Love - who scored 14 of his 28 points in the first 12 minutes - pushed the Wolves to an early 21-4 run that turned a one-point Wolves lead into an 18-point bulge. More...