Nene has often avoided basketball during the summer and preferred to rest, but coach Randy Wittman said the power forward returned for training camp in great shape, leaving him ready to assume a role off the bench.
Gortat scored 19 points and Bradley Beal added 17 to help the Wizards rout Brazil’s Paschoalotto Bauru, 134-100, on Sunday night.
Seraphin, now with the New York Knicks, said he was looking forward to playing the Wizards, his former team, in a preseason game, but a sore knee prevented him from being on the floor.
The Wizards displayed their offensive makeover in a 129-95 rout of the 76ers in their preseason opener on Tuesday. Once all of the adjustments are made, they should be able to reach a new level.
Porter scored 22 points, Bradley Beal had 19 and the Washington Wizards took control in the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 129-95 on Tuesday night in the preseason opener for both teams.
The Wizards opened training camp on Tuesday with their two guards, John Wall and Bradley Beal, forming what likely will be the best backcourt in the Eastern Conference this season. How could they be topped?
Gortat struggled to live up to his new contract last season, when a personal situation, a questionable rotation and a bout with food poisoning in the playoffs presented a series of issues.
After finding out how effective they could be when they spread the floor and pushed the ball, the Wizards opened training camp on Tuesday dedicated to making wholesale changes in their offense.
With Paul Pierce off to the Clippers, Wall and Beal have become the young “old” men on the team, and the Wizards hope they’ll be able to carry the weight of expectations into the new season.
The Wizards are hoping to use the 5,000-seat arena to be constructed in Southeast as a full-time home for a potential minor-league affiliate once it is completed in 2018.
Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Wizards and Mystics, hopes that the opening of a $55 million practice facility in the Congress Heights neighborhood will help redevelop and reinvigorate the community.
The Wizards have long coveted a separate practice facility, and the District has sought to redevelop the abandoned St. Elizabeths complex in southeast Washington.