Washington Wizards News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The top 5 games from @JabariParker's 2018-19 season, including his two big games in Chicago.#DCFamily https://t.co/SuU3Kg8BaE
Two years ago today, @JohnWall went behind the back for this MASSIVE slam. #DCFamily https://t.co/odYyXxehVy
: The very best from @JabariParker's 2018-19 season, including a LOT of dunks.#DCFamily https://t.co/bpKPXXmiim
Bullets Forever: Chasson Randle held his own in a tough spot this season
This is the first installment of our player review series, where we look back at the individual performance of each Wizard this season. With so many players set to hit free agency this summer, we'll also examine what kind of value they'll have this summer. We're kicking off our series with a look at Chasson Randle.<strong>Positives this season</strong>
Backup point guard has been a weak spot for the Wizards in the John Wall era, particularly when Wall is out and Washington has to go deep into their reserves.
Bullets Forever: Top Stories of the Week: How should the Wizards rebuild with a new General Manager?
Hope everyone is enjoying their Sundays and Happy Easter to those of you who observe it! Also, a Happy belated Passover if you observe it! There weren't many true news stories on the Wizards last week. But here are a couple other teams' models to consider.<strong>Follow the Mystics</strong>
It wasn't too long ago when I thought that the Mystics were a better managed team than the Wizards. But things have changed after they went through a slow, meticulous and successful rebuild.
I wrote this story last Saturday, but pointed out the pros of the Mystics' rebuilding process since Mike Thibault took over in 2013.
SPLASH WARNING The very best from @TrevorAriza's 2018-19 season in D.C.#DCFamily https://t.co/EqZq9DfYvl
Bullets Forever: Fate of Wizards' vets will rest in new GM's hands
Ernie Grunfeld wanted Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green to return for another season -- and maybe beyond. Had he not gotten fired, there was a good chance both would wear a Washington Wizards jersey next season.
Since he bought the Wizards in 2010, Ted Leonsis has taken a hands-off approach to running the team. He trusted Grunfeld could eventually configure a contender in D.C., despite the years of evidence that pointed to the contrary.
While Leonsis was probably a bit too forgiving with Grunfeld and the decisions he made during his seemingly life-long tenure as the team's president, Leonsis' approach, at least in theory, is logical.
Fansided: Washington Wizards: Pros and Cons of Dwight Howard's Player Option
In the summer of 2018, Dwight Howard was traded from the Charlotte Hornets and then immediately bought out of his $23.5 million salary by the Brooklyn Nets.
Soon, the Washington Wizards became Dwight Howard's fourth team in four years (Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washington Wizards), signing the future Hall of Fame big man to a two-year, $11 million dollar deal, with a player option for the second year.
Yesterday, Howard opted into his $5.6 million player option for the 2019-20 season. Zach Lowe was first to report the news.
on Troy Brown Jr.'s best games from his rookie season. #DCFamily https://t.co/P745d19SXx
First year in the books for the rook. Stay tuned, this is just the beginning. #DCFamily https://t.co/wM7j7zqJli
Bullets Forever: Dwight Howard will opt-in to player option, according to reports
On Thursday April 18, Zach Lowe of ESPN reported that Dwight Howard will opt-in to the second year of his contract which will be worth about $5.6 million.
Not a shocker obviously, but Dwight Howard has opted into his $5.6 million deal for next season (player option) with Washington, sources say.-- Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) April 19, 2019
The decision is not surprising. Howard only played nine games in the 2018-19 season for Washington where he averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. While these are solid numbers for almost any low post player, they are also career-lows for him.
Bleacher Report: NBA Rumors: Dwight Howard Opts into $5.6M Wizards Player Option for 2019-20
Dwight Howard will be getting a second act in the nation's capital.
The veteran big man opted into his $5.6 million contract with the Washington Wizards for the 2019-20 season, per Zach Lowe of ESPN.
Howard, 33, averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds but was limited to just nine games by injuries. He missed the first seven games of the season due to gluteal soreness and later underwent spinal surgery to alleviate the pain after he appeared in those nine contests.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
Bullets Forever: Is Tomas Satoransky really a Wizards point guard for the future?
Tomas Satoransky has shown that he is a good point guard. He started 84 games in each of the last two seasons, mostly when John Wall was out due to various injuries to his knee and now his heel. Satoransky will be a free agent this offseason where he will likely look to earn a higher salary.
Wall is out due to a ruptured Achilles tendon and will sit out most, if not all of the 2019-20 season. From this standpoint, it's reasonable to assume that Satoransky will be the starting point guard for the foreseeable future.
The best dunks, swats, and celebrations from @BPortistime's 2018-19 season in D.C. #DCFamily https://t.co/7d5rC7dW9K
Bullets Forever: Which Wizards generated the most surplus value in 2018-19?
Jared Dubin wrote an interesting feature for FiveThirtyEight this week crunching the numbers on which players provided the most bang for their buck this season. He created a formula using ESPN's Real Plus/Minus to calculate each player's individual value this season and then compared it against each player's actual salary to determine which players provided the most surplus value.
It may not surprise you to hear Pascal Siakam provided the most additional value this season. He played at a near All-Star level on one of the best teams in the league while playing on one of the league's cheapest contracts.