Washington Wizards Player News: All Positions

News: Phillip was waived by the Wizards on Thursday.
Impact: Phillip signed with Washington in early April, but the Wizards have opted not to give him a final roster spot. He appeared in four summer league games for the Wizards this season, totaling 23 points on 19 shots, five assists, four rebounds, four steals and a block across 50 minutes.
News: Booth has agreed to join the Wizards on an Exhibit 10 contract, Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun reports.
Impact: Booth will join the Wizards for training camp, hoping to make a good enough impression to make the final roster. The 23-year-old out of Villanova went undrafted in 2019 and joined the Cavaliers for summer league, where he averaged 7.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 13.6 minutes.
News: Miles has undergone surgery to address a stress fracture in his left foot and will be re-evaluated in six weeks, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Miles' 2018-19 campaign was shortened due to a foot injury, and he'll opt to get the issue taken care of prior to training camp. An early September recovery is on the table, but that's a best-case scenario. He projects to be the Wizards' starting small forward, though the last time Miles started at least 41 games was back in 2008-09.
News: Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis said Monday that he doesn't expect Wall (Achilles) to play for the team at any point in the 2019-20 season, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports. "Our highest-paid player, our five-time All-Star, may not play at all next year. He probably won't play at all next year," Leonsis said, when asked about Wall's outlook.
Impact: Wall ruptured his left Achilles' tendon back in February and required surgery, a procedure that typically requires at least 11 months of recovery time. Given that Wall had already undergone surgery a month beforehand to address the chronic Achilles' issue, the Wizards seem content to have him proceed slowly with his rehab rather than considering a potential return to action after the All-Star break. The Wizards could change their stance if the team finds itself in playoff contention and Wall has healed quicker than anticipated, but the team has some extra incentive not to bring the 28-year-old back in 2019-20. Wall is due $37.8 million next season in the first year of his supermax contract, but the insurance policy the Wizards took out for the point guard before signing him would allow the team to recoup 80 percent of his salary.
News: The Wizards plan to offer Beal a three-year, $111 million max extension on Friday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The Wizards can't officially extend the offer until Friday, when Beal becomes eligible, but GM Tommy Sheppard did not mince words when asked about the team's plans. "At the very first moment allowed, we are going to offer Bradley the full max extension," Sheppard said. The 26-year-old Beal is coming off of the best statistical season of his career, but with the Wizards stuck in a holding pattern as John Wall recovers from a serious Achilles injury, it's unclear whether Beal will be willing to commit to the franchise long-term. The St. Louis native still has two years remaining on his current deal, which pays him just under $56 million through 2020-21. Beal could also become eligible for a super-max extension next summer in the event that he makes an All-NBA team in 2019-20. Given all the factors at play, it's likely Beal will take his time in evaluating the decision, which he has until October 21 to make.
News: Hachimura is resting for Saturday's summer league contest against the Knicks.
Impact: Hachimura will get the day off, and he'll only have the possibility to play again if the Wizards win. The summer league playoff format is single elimination.
News: Brown (knee) is out for Saturday's summer league game against the Knicks.
Impact: Brown is still nursing a left knee bruise. It's possible we've seen the last of him in summer league, as the playoff format is single elimination.
News: Schofield and the Wizards agreed on a three-year rookie deal on Friday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Washington selected Schofield at No. 42 overall in this year's NBA Draft. Roster spots are not guaranteed for second-round picks, but it appears the Tennessee product has made enough of an impression during summer league to earn an opportunity.
News: Bonga managed 11 points (3-7 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 23 minutes during the Wizards' 76-71 win over the Hawks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: Bonga has only seen action in two games thus far in Las Vegas, but he's been efficient. The 19-year-old has shot 50.0 percent over that pair of contests, averaging 8.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block across 20.0 minutes.
News: Hachimura compiled 25 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 5-6 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and two steals across 32 minutes during the Wizards' 76-71 win over the Hawks in a Las Vegas Summer League game Thursday.
Impact: The ninth overall pick comfortably paced all scorers for the night courtesy of his jaw-dropping efficiency. Hachimura has been excellent throughout his summer league stint, with Thursday's production pushing his averages to 19.3 points (50.0 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks across 31.7 minutes over three games.
News: Schofield totaled 16 points (4-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-7 FT), five rebounds, one block and an assist over 26 minutes in the Wizards' 90-72 loss to the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League on Tuesday.
Impact: The second-rounder put together another great game in summer league play in Tuesday's loss, leading the Wizards in scoring. While Schofield will likely be relegated to the bench to start his NBA career, he should push for a role in Washington's rotation this season with the likes of C.J. Miles and Isaac Bonga ahead of him on the depth chart.
News: Brown suffered a left knee contusion and won't return to Tuesday's summer league game.
Impact: Brown had two points in seven minutes prior to sustaining the injury. The specifics and severity of the issue remain unclear, but the Wizards are likely to remain cautious with his return to summer league action.
News: Schofield finished with nine points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and an assist across 23 minutes in the Wizards' 84-79 win over the Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday.
Impact: This year's 42nd overall pick played solid minutes for the Wizards in Saturday's win. He'll next take the court on Monday against the Brooklyn Nets.
News: Hachimura finished with 14 points (6-16 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, two blocks and an assist across 33 minutes in the Wizards' 84-79 win over the Pelicans in the Las Vegas Summer League on Saturday.
Impact: This year's No. 9 pick looked impressive against the Pelicans, despite his average shooting night. He also made an impact on defense with five boards and two blocks. The Gonzaga product demonstrated his natural scoring abilities in this game, and he will likely hear his number called frequently on offense this season.
News: Bertans was traded from the Spurs to the Wizards on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Per Wojnarowski, Bertans' contract will be absorbed into an exception, which allows the Spurs to complete their restructured contract with DeMarre Carroll. In Bertans, the Wizards get a great three-point shooter. Bertans has shot at least 37 percent from distance in each of his first three seasons in the NBA. He's a strong candidate to start at one of the forward spots, and it's possible he sees the biggest role of his career.
News: Miles was traded to the Grizzlies on Friday in exchange for Dwight Howard, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Miles split time between Toronto and Memphis last season, but ultimately appeared in 53 games, averaging 16.2 minutes, 6.4 points and 1.8 rebounds per game before sustaining a foot injury in March. The Texas native provides the Wizards with some depth at forward and enters the 2019-20 season on the last year of his contract.
News: Mathews has signed a two-way contract with the Wizards, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mathews was the Atlantic Sun Player of the Year last season for Lipscomb, averaging 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 30.1 minutes. He was especially good from beyond the arc, averaging 3.2 threes per game at a 40.3 percent clip.
News: Schofield will participate in summer league with the Wizards, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: As expected, the 42nd overall pick in the 2019 draft will use summer league to showcase his potential. As a senior at Tennessee, he averaged 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.
News: Hachimura will participate in summer league with the Wizards, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: As expected, the ninth overall pick in the 2019 draft will get some summer run. He spent three years at Gonzaga, and he averaged 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds last season.
News: Brown will play for the Wizards during summer league, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Brown started the final 10 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists across 30.3 minutes. However, he occupied that role mostly due to the Wizards being clearly out of the playoff race. Brown will look to continue showcasing his development in Las Vegas.
News: Thomas agreed to a one-year deal with the Wizards on Monday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Thomas has failed to find himself a long-term home since leading the Celtics to the 2016 playoffs, a season in which he averaged 28.9 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field. He has since logged stints with the Cavaliers, Lakers and Nuggets, but has only played a combined 44 games for those three teams over the past two seasons due to a lingering hip injury. Washington may be his best opportunity to prove he still has what it takes, with John Wall (Achilles) expected to miss a majority of the season. Thomas will be competing with the likes of Ish Smith for starting minutes, who was signed by the Wizards earlier in the day.
News: Smith agreed Monday with the Wizards on a two-year, $12 million contract, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With John Wall (Achilles) expected to miss most of the 2019-20 season and the Wizards sending Tomas Satoransky to Chicago in a sign-and-trade deal, Smith should have a legitimate chance at opening the campaign as Washington's starting point guard. As a member of the Pistons the past three seasons, Smith served primarily in a backup capacity behind Reggie Jackson, averaging 9.8 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds in 24.0 minutes over 219 games (67 starts). The Wizards could supplement their roster with other backcourt options before training camp gets underway, but undrafted rookie Justin Robinson tentatively looks like Smith's top challenger for the top job.
News: Bryant has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Wizards, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: As Dwight Howard dealt with back issues for almost all of last season, Bryant emerged as a primary option for the Wizards. He started 53 of his 72 appearances, averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in those contests. The 22-year-old's role for next season is unclear, but he's shown legitimate upside at this point, including leading the NBA in two-point percentage.
News: Jones was traded to the Wizards on Thursday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As part of a cap-clearing maneuver, the Lakers sent Jones, Isaac Bonga and Moe Wagner to Washington. The move frees up max space for Los Angeles, which will likely pursue a third star to put alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis. It's unclear if the Wizards intend to keep Jones around next season.
News: The Wizards will not extend Randle a qualifying offer, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Randle saw a decent amount of action for the Wizards down the stretch, likely as a final evaluation period for a team that was out of playoff contention. He apparently didn't pass the test, and should be headed for free agency this offseason.
News: Bryant had the qualifying offer extended by the Wizards and will become a restricted free agent.
Impact: Bryant stepped up in the wake of Dwight Howards season-ending back injury, recording 10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game which shooting 61.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three and 78.1 from the line during his second professional season. He appears to be the incumbent starting center heading into 2019-20 and could see his role expanded given his solid defense and exceptional shooting percentages.
News: Portis was extended the qualifying offer by the Wizards, making him a restricted free agent, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Portis played in 28 games for Washington last year, averaging 14.3 points, 8.6 and 1.5 assists in 27.4 minutes. If he resigns he could see a minor erosion of playing time with Rui Hachimura being added to the frontcourt via last week's draft.
News: Dekker didn't have the qualifying offer extended to him by the Wizards, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: The Wizards have until June 29th to extend Dekker the qualifying offer, otherwise, the former Wisconsin Badger will become an unrestricted free agent. In 38 games for Washington last year, Dekker averaged 6.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 16.3 minutes per game.
News: Wall (Achilles) is progressing well in his recovery from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, Ryan Homler of NBC Sports Washington reports. "I feel great, man," Wall said at Monday night's NBA Awards. "I'm doing a great job with my body, taking care of that."
Impact: The All-Star is still facing a length road to recovery, and the expectation remains that he'll miss much of the 2019-20 season after sitting out 50 games in 2018-19. Wall revealed that he plans to begin jogging within the next few weeks, and he's already to progressed to isolated movements like ladder steps and stand-up exercises. Even so, the former No. 1 overall pick cautioned that he won't attempt to come back before his body is fully ready. "Just taking my time and progressing and letting everything heal the right way so I don't force myself back and get another injury," Wall said.
News: Parker's $20 million team option for the 2019-20 season has been declined by the Wizards, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Parker will become an unrestricted free agent, but there is word that the Wizards may try to work out another contract with the 24-year-old forward. He appeared in 25 games with the Wizards last season, averaging 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds. While he has yet to live up to the reputation of being a No. 2 overall draft pick, Parker has lost two years of development along the way as a result of a pair of ACL tears.
News: Robinson, who went unselected in the 2019 NBA Draft, has signed a contract with the Wizards, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Robinson played all four years at Virginia Tech, and he made the All-ACC team in 2017-18. Last year, he averaged 13.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 29.5 minutes.
News: Schofield was selected by the Wizards with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
Impact: A four-year contributor at Tennessee, Schofield capped off a fantastic college career with averages of 16.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game as a senior. Schofield shot 47.4 percent from the field and a career-best 41.8 percent from three last season, but his primary value may lie in his defensive versatility.
News: Simmons, along with the No. 42 pick in the 2019 Draft, has been traded to the Wizards by the 76ers, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Sixers effectively unloaded Simmons' contract onto the Wizards by attaching a second-round pick. The 29-year-old has $5.7 million left on his deal for next season. During the 2018-19 campaign, he Simmons averaged 6.5 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 19.0 minutes. He may be able to garner more run in Washington, but it's doubtful he'll become fantasy relevant in the majority of formats.