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Scott Brooks reacts to Wizards signing Brandon Jennings, cutting rookie Danuel House

Scott Brooks reacts to Wizards signing Brandon Jennings, cutting rookie Danuel House

Wizards head coach Scott Brooks was not permitted to discuss the signing of free agent point guard Brandon Jennings until it became official. So, following his team's pummeling of the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, and after the team had issued an official announcement, Brooks finally gave his take.

Naturally, he is excited to have another scorer and backup to John Wall on his bench.

"He gives us another very good player. He can play alongside John, he can play with Brad and he can play with all of the second-unit guys. It’s a good pickup for us moving forward," Brooks said.

Jennings will require Brooks to incorporate yet another new player after recently adding Bojan Bogdanovic from the Nets and Ian Mahinmi from injury. The transition for both was not smooth at first, but they have come around. Now Jennings will go through the same process.

"There is definitely going to be an adjustment. Everybody is going to have to stay ready and everybody is going to have to just focus on playing their minutes hard and for the team. It’s what we’ve done. It’s what we’ve been building our team on and the culture of our team is doing it together," Brooks said.

Brooks also commented on the release of rookie Danuel House, who was waived to clear a spot on their 15-man roster for Jennings:

"We have to make a decision on one of them. We can’t keep them. It’d be nice to petition the league for 16, but we can’t. He has a bright future. It was tough to see him go. He’s had some good moments with us in practice and he’s played well in the D-League. Hopefully he can get picked up, or who knows, we can meet again. I thought he’s had a good impact with the year that he’s had with us."

John Wall and Markieff Morris each see a lot of NBA basketball ahead for the 23-year-old House:

"It's unfortunate but it's not the end of the world," Morris said. "I talk to him all the time. This is your first chance. Second and third chances are going to come. You just got to keep pushing on. He was in a tough situation here. Just got to keep going."

"It's a business. I think his injury to his wrist kind of hurt him a little bit," Wall said. "Not having the opportunity to play and see what he can do. I still think he's a young, promising player in this league. Hopefully he gets the opportunity. Maybe back here. We don't know. I think he can help an NBA team if he gets the chance. He's athletic. He can shoot the ball. He does a lot of things on the basketball court that people probably don't see."

[RELATED: John Wall, Wizards react to Brandon Jennings' plans to sign free agent deal]

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Wizards waive three, sign 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks

Wizards waive three, sign 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks

As the NBA regular season approaches, the Washington Wizards seek to finalize their roster.

The Wizards announced on Wednesday that they have waived Phil Booth, Justin Anderson and Jemerrio Jones. The team also signed 2017 first-rounder Anzejs Pasecniks and small forward Jalen Jones, the team announced.

Pasecniks and Jones were signed to Exhibit 10 contracts, meaning that if they are waived, they will have the opportunity to play for the Go-Go, the Wizards' G-League affiliate. Booth was on an Exhibit 10 deal, so he will report to the Go-Go after being waived.

Pasecniks, a 7-foot center from Latvia, was the 25th overall selection from the 2017 draft. The Orlando Magic drafted him and moved him to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for draft picks. The 76ers renounced his rights in June.

Pasecniks played on the Wizards summer league team, averaging 4.0 points and 5.3 rebounds. Jalen Jones has averaged 4.8 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 37 percent from beyond the arc in 32 games over two seasons with three teams.


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John Wall embracing role as assistant coach during injury rehab

John Wall embracing role as assistant coach during injury rehab

WASHINGTON -- John Wall has already made enough money during his basketball career to last a lifetime and his new supermax contract worth $170 million is just kicking in. When he is done playing in the NBA, he doesn't have to do anything at all if he doesn't want to.

But there is at least a small part of Wall that believes coaching could be in his future. He loves the game enough to not rule out the possibility.

This year will give him a taste of what being a coach is all about. While he rehabs his ruptured left Achilles, he will serve as an unofficial assistant to head coach Scott Brooks. Wall will be asked to break down film with players, advise on plays to run and help the team's young point guards in practice.

Wall isn't sure as of today whether he wants to coach when his playing days are over. But he may have an answer in just a few months.

"I think this year will tell me whether I can be a coach or not," Wall told NBC Sports Washington on the Wizards Talk podcast. 

"I think you have to have a lot of patience and you've gotta know how to interact with every player. Every player's attitudes and character and mood swings are totally different. I learned from when a coach tried to coach me when I was young and I wasn't the guy to coach."

Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard envisions Wall as an important part of the locker room, even when he isn't playing. Part of his role may include some tough conversations with players. As Sheppard says, Wall may be able to deliver some messages that resonate more from a peer than if they came from a coach. 

Wall knows he can help in that regard. He has long been a vocal presence for the Wizards and had to assume the role as a team leader at an early age. After coming in as the No. 1 overall pick, he was a franchise player from the time he was 19 years old.

Wall's personality may also lend itself to those duties. He is very honest, whether it be with teammates or the media. 

"I like to speak my mind," he said. "It's like my momma always told me, 'I'd rather you speak your mind and say what you want to say, but say it in a respectful manner and a respectful way.'"

Wall, in fact, has a detailed philosophy on being honest. He doesn't like to lie whether it's in a media setting, to teammates or in everyday life.

It's not quite a Jim Carrey in 'Liar, Liar' deal, but Wall sees no point in beating around the bush. If he has something to say to a teammate or the media, he will say it.

"I don't know how to not give you the truth," he said. "What I've learned is that when you lie, you've gotta remember that lie exactly the way you said it for the next 12 people you tell it to. So, why make it that tough?"

Wall is set to miss at least the first few months of the Wizards' 2019-20 season and he could be sidelined the entire year. He said he hopes to have a similar impact that Kristi Tolliver did with the Mystics this past season where she remained active as a veteran leader in the locker room despite not being able to help the team on the floor for weeks due to a knee injury.

Missing so much time due to injury is not the ideal situation for Wall, but he plans to make the most of it.

"It will make my game a lot smarter and better for when I come back," he said.