May 19, 2019, 11:38 amBradley Beal - G - Washington Wizards
The Lakers are looking at adding a litany of veteran players via trade this offseason, including: Kyle Lowry, Derrick Favors and Bradley Beal according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News.
The Lakers acquiring the fourth pick in the 2019 NBA draft will make them all the more competitive on the trade market. It has been well documented how LeBron James' teams have preferred established players over rookies, and that should be no different after coming off of the disaster that last season's Laker team was. The connection between the Lakers and Beal has been established for months, but it's worth keeping in mind as we get closer to the draft. Aiming to add vets like Lowry and Favors also makes sense, but obviously Beal would be the big get of that bunch.
Source: Sporting News
April 22, 2019, 11:52 amJeff Green - F - Washington Wizards
Jeff Green expressed that he would like to return and play for the Wizards during the 2019-2020 season.
"I would love to come back," Green said. "Great set of guys on this team. I loved playing with Brad [Beal], John [Wall]." Green was very consistent and was on a friendly contract, but the direction in which the organization wants to go remains unclear. Green may need to find a new home given the plethora of depth the Wizards have at the forward position.
Source: Chase Hughes of NBC Washington
April 18, 2019, 12:35 pmDwight Howard - C - Washington Wizards
Dwight Howard is likely to pick up his $5.6 million player option for next season.
Howard was limited to nine games because of back/glute problems, so it's not surprising that he'd quickly opt in as it'd be surprising if another team offered him that much on the open market. His presence is going to be a headache for fantasy players that are already looking at Thomas Bryant and Bobby Portis for next year.
Source: The Athletic
April 13, 2019, 4:04 pmDevin Robinson - F - Washington Wizards
Devin Robinson was arrested on Saturday morning after getting into a fight with Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills.
The Wizards responded by saying they would not be offering Robinson a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season. Robinson will be a free-agent this summer after spending this past season on a two-way contract with the Wizards, playing in 22 games.
April 10, 2019, 12:03 amIan Mahinmi - C - Washington Wizards
Ian Mahinmi dropped an 11-point, 12-rebound double-double in Tuesday's 116-110 season finale loss to the Celtics.
Mahinmi, who is in year three of a four-year, $64 million contract, was mostly irrelevant this season and will finish around top-325 in 8 and 9-cat formats.
April 9, 2019, 11:59 pmThomas Bryant - C - Washington Wizards
Thomas Bryant capped off a breakout campaign with 14 points, six boards, two assists and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes of work in a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.
Bryant will finish the season around top-125 in 8-cat formats and inside the top-100 in 9-cat. He'll also finish as a top-100/80 player in 8/9-cat formats since the calendar flipped to 2019. He seemed to be underrated the entire season and could be a name to look for come draft day next season.
April 9, 2019, 11:59 pmJohn Wall - G - Washington Wizards
John Wall (left Achilles) may not be able to play next season after tearing his Achilles.
Wall ended another frustrating year in Washington with top-35/75 value in 8/9-cat leagues (top-200/230 in total value), as his atrocious 3.8 turnovers per game really dragged down his appeal. The Kentucky product averaged 8.7 dimes per game this year, which is a six-year low. Wall also shot a ghastly .697 from the free throw line, and he’s now spent the last two seasons below 73 percent from the line after going 76 percent or better in each of his first seven years. Those big drops were more than enough to counteract his improvement from the field (.444, up from .420 a year prior). Wall battled left heel soreness throughout his 32 games before undergoing season-ending surgery in late December, and he would later rupture his left Achilles in a slip-and-fall incident at home while recovering from the first procedure. He won’t return to basketball activity until February 2020 and can be written off until the 2020-21 campaign.
April 9, 2019, 11:58 pmTrevor Ariza - F - Washington Wizards
Despite leaving Houston, joining one of the worst teams in the league and being traded mid-season, Trevor Ariza (left groin strain) finished the season with top-90 value.
That groin injury kept him out of the season’s final seven games as well as 10 of the last 11. Ariza played 23 games for the Suns before finishing the year with 46 games in Washington. He’s certainly in the decline phase of his career and saw his 3-point effectiveness dip to just .334 from behind the arc, though he still more or less delivered for fantasy owners with 12.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.1 triples per game. It’s worth pointing out that he actually scored 14.1 points per game with the Wizards, so perhaps a reunion would be good news for his fantasy stock. Ariza also averaged 1.5 turnovers this season, his first time over 0.9 per game in the last two seasons, wiping out the gap between his 8- and 9-cat values. Still, Ariza’s fantasy game figures to age gracefully and he’ll be a late-middle round contributor until the steals really dip.
April 9, 2019, 11:54 pmBobby Portis - F - Washington Wizards
Bobby Portis dropped 11 points, eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Tuesday's season finale defeat to the Celtics.
Portis only managed 50 games this season between the Wizards and the Bulls, but will finish right around top-115 value in 8 and 9-cat formats. The Bulls traded him to avoid a decision of whether to pay him or not and it'll be interesting to see what the Wizards do with Portis, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.
April 9, 2019, 11:52 pmDevin Robinson - F - Washington Wizards
Devin Robinson ended the 2018/19 season with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 30 minutes of work in a loss to the Celtics.
Robinson, the uber athlete, played his first game over 18 minutes this season and did not disappoint. He only logged minutes seven different times and finished outside the top-300 in 8-cat and around top-265 in 9-cat. If a team gives him consistent minutes in the teens next year, he may be able to carve out late-round value in very deep leagues.
April 9, 2019, 11:48 pmJeff Green - F - Washington Wizards
Jeff Green capped off 2018/19 with six points, five rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in Tuesday's loss to the Celtics.
In what was a disappointing season for Washington, Jeff Green was one of the lone consistent, bright spots for the team. He'll finish right around top-120 value in 8 and 9-cat formats, and proved to be a useful late-round player for essentially the entire season. His 77 games played also helped his total value creep into the top-100 in both formats.
April 9, 2019, 11:45 pmSam Dekker - F - Washington Wizards
Sam Dekker played 31 minutes in Tuesday's season finale as the Wizards lost to the Celtics.
Dekker didn't do much in his 31 minutes, totaling five points, seven boards and an assist. He'll finish on the cusp of top-300 value in 8-cat and top-280 in 9-cat. He was never much of a fantasy asset this season.