Washington Wizards Player News: All Positions

News: Howard (back) informed the Wizards on Friday that he would exercise his $5.6 million player option for 2019-20, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Limited to just nine appearances in his first season in Washington due to a back injury that ultimately required surgery, Howard wasn't likely to find any team willing to pay him $5.6 million had he explored free agency. He thus determined it was in his best interest to exercise his option, ensuring that he'll be back with the Wizards for another season. Though Washington envisioned Howard serving as a stopgap starter at center heading into last season, it's unclear if the 33-year-old will get the opportunity to even compete for a top-unit role if he returns to training camp at full health. Thomas Bryant flashed an intriguing skill set at center during his second NBA season, and the Wizards might not be willing to reduce his playing time in 2019-20 to accommodate Howard. Washington may also bolster its frontcourt through free agency, trade or the draft, which would further reduce Howard's chances of re-emerging as an impact player.
News: Robinson was arrested Saturday after being involved in a fight in Washington, Tyler Byrum of NBC Sports Washington reports. The Wizards announced following Robinson's arrest that the forward wouldn't be tendered a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season, making him a free agent.
Impact: Robinson was with the Wizards on a two-way deal this season, playing seven games -- including the final three contests of 2018-19 -- with the parent club. Washington may not have had much interest in bringing Robinson back this offseason even if he hadn't been arrested.
News: Wall (Achilles) admitted Tuesday that he's not entirely sure whether he'll be able to play at any point in the 2019-20 season, the Associated Press reports. "I have no idea just yet. That's my goal...That's my mindset, where I'm pushing toward,'' he said. "But whenever the doctors clear me and get to that point, then I will know.''
Impact: Wall appeared in 32 games before undergoing season-ending surgery on his left heel in January. While recovering from that procedure, he ruptured his Achilles' tendon on the same foot in February when he fell at his home, an incident that required another surgery. Wall received a loose 12-month timeline for his recovery following the second surgery, which would essentially rule him out through at least the All-Star break next season. Even if Wall's rehab proceeds without any notable setbacks, the Wizards may prefer to have the star point guard turn his attention to getting fully healthy in advance of the 2020-21 campaign rather than playing only a handful of late-season games next spring.
News: Mahinmi registered 11 points (4-13 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block over 25 minutes Tuesday against Boston.
Impact: Mahinmi didn't quite have his shot working from the field, but he did knock home two of his three attempts from downtown and secured his first double-double of the year in the regular season finale. He failed to factor into Washington's rotation on a consistent basis during the 2018-2019 campaign and averaged 3.9 points along with 3.5 boards over 33 matchups.
News: Bryant finished with 14 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 17 minutes Tuesday against the Celtics.
Impact: Bryant managed to close out the season on a positive note, missing just one of seven shots from the field in a 116-110 loss for the Wizards. He impressed down the home stretch at the center position and has certainly made a strong argument for the starting slot to begin the 2019-2020 campaign. Bryant averaged 15.6 points, 10.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks during the final 10 matchups of this season.
News: Beal tallied 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists over 17 minutes Tuesday against the Celtics.
Impact: It was reported before the game that Beal wouldn't see "a lot" of minutes in the season finale, but he still managed to post a solid final line. The All-Star shooting guard averaged 25.7 points, 5.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds over 81 matchups during the 2018-2019 campaign, although the season will end in disappointment for the Wizards, who were eliminated from playoff contention weeks before the finale.
News: Satoransky scored 19 points (6-8 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 4-6 FT) and registered four rebounds along with five assists over 28 minutes Tuesday against Boston.
Impact: Satoransky had his shot working in the season finale, knocking down all three of his attempts from downtown while also contributing in other categories, such as rebounds and assists. His season will come to an end after averaging 8.7 points, 5.0 assists and 3.5 boards over 79 games.
News: Brown exited Tuesday's game against the Celtics due to a hamstring injury. He will not return.
Impact: This injury marks the end of Brown's season, as Tuesday is the Wizards' final game. Prior to this contest, the rookie had started the past nine games, averaging 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 31.6 minutes.
News: McRae (Achilles) has been ruled out Tuesday against Boston.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, McRae will be held out of the final contest of the season for the Wizards due to an Achilles injury. He'll be back with the team for the 2019-2020 campaign after signing an extension earlier in the day.
News: Coach Scott Brooks noted he's not going to play Beal "a lot" of minutes Tuesday against the Celtics, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Beal, in what marks the Wizards' final game of the season, will be on the court for a limited amount of time. The move doesn't come as a surprise considering he's seen fewer than 24 minutes in two of the past three games.
News: Parker (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Boston, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Parker is set to miss the final contest of the regular season due to a knee sprain. He averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists over 64 games during the 2018-2019 campaign across stops with Chicago and Washington.
News: McRae (Achilles) has signed a one-year contract with the Wizards, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: The Wizards have evidently been impressed by McRae's play this season and have decided to keep him around for next year. The Tennessee product is averaging 5.9 points along with 1.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists over 27 contests this season, although he may miss the final matchup of the 2018-2019 campaign after recently suffering an Achilles injury.
News: Phillip signed a contract with the Wizards on Tuesday, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Phillip averaged 13.8 points along with 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists over 48 games this season with the Hussle. It's unclear if he'll get a shot to play in Tuesday's regular-season finale against Boston.
News: McRae (Achilles) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.
Impact: McRae suffered an Achilles injury during Friday night's matchup with San Antonio, and he was held out of Sunday's clash as a result. An update on his availability for Tuesday should surface closer to tip.
News: Parker (knee) is considered questionable for Tuesday's game against Boston.
Impact: Parker has missed the last two matchups due to a left knee sprain, and there's little reason to push him into game action at this point with the Wizards out of playoff contention. Even so, the Duke product may have a shot to take the floor in the season finale, depending on how he feels during morning shootaround.
News: Mahinmi finished with two points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to New York.
Impact: Mahinmi actually saw some playing time Sunday, making just his second appearance in over two months. Despite the loss of Dwight Howard (back) for the season, Mahinmi has been clearly superseded in the rotation by Thomas Bryant and should not be on anyone's radar at this stage.
News: Bryant had 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to the Knicks.
Impact: Bryant was strong yet again Sunday, continuing to make his claim for the permanent starting center spot next season. He has been a revelation for the Wizards since entering the starting lineup, and although it is certainly a limited sample size, there is a strong case for him to remain in the opening unit heading into next season. He is still quite raw when it comes to possessing a polished game but with time he could become a strong option in both fantasy and reality.
News: Beal ended with 13 points (5-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five assists, three rebounds, and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to New York.
Impact: Beal saw limited minutes Sunday, finishing with 13 points in just 23 minutes. The Wizards are simply turning up right now and with nothing to play for, are certainly going to limit Beal down the stretch. He has had a fantastic season and with John Wall (Achilles) set to miss the majority of next season, Beal could find himself as a potential target towards the backend of the first round.
News: Parker (knee) won't play Sunday against the Knicks.
Impact: Parker entered the day questionably due to a left knee sprain, and the Wizards have since decided to hold him out. He's set to miss his second consecutive matchup due to the injury, although he'll likely have a shot at returning in the final game of the regular season Tuesday against Boston.
News: McRae (Achilles) won't play Sunday against the Knicks.
Impact: McRae suffered a left Achilles injury during Friday's matchup, and the Wizards have decided it's in his best interest to miss Sunday's clash. He'll have a chance to return for the final matchup of the regular season Tuesday against Boston.
News: McRae (Achilles) is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Knicks.
Impact: McRae exited Friday's game against San Antonio after 15 minutes with a sore left Achilles. He's at risk of missing the final two games of the season if his discomfort continues into Sunday.
News: Parker (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game aginst the Knicks.
Impact: Parker was held out of Friday's match with the Spurs due to a left knee sprain. Look for an update of his availability to come after shootaround Sunday.
News: Green finished Friday's game against San Antonio with 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and a block over 23 minutes.
Impact: After a three-game absence due to rest purposes, Green was solid off the bench in a 129-112 loss. The 32-year-old forward is averaging 12.3 points and 4.0 rebounds over 74 matchups this season, and he'll aim to end the 2018-2019 campaign on a high note with two matchups remaining.
News: Portis tallied 16 points (6-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds and two assists across 37 minutes Friday against San Antonio.
Impact: Portis had an average shooting day and cleaned up the boards in a 129-112 loss. The 24-year-old has secured nine or more rebounds in each of his team's previous five contests, and he'll aim to extend that streak through the remaining two games of the regular season. Portis draws an enticing matchup Sunday in New York.
News: Bryant registered 19 points (8-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 32 minutes Friday against the Spurs.
Impact: Bryant continues to pour in the points down the stretch of the regular season, averaging 17.6 ppg over his previous five contests. Although the Wizards no longer have anything to play for, Bryant figures to maintain his impressive scoring production during the final two matchups of the 2018-2019 campaign.
News: Beal registered 25 points (9-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), two rebounds and five assists over 31 minutes Friday against San Antonio.
Impact: Beal turned in another solid scoring effort, but the Wizards would fall 129-112. Despite being eliminated from the postseason, the 25-year-old guard has continued to produce at a high level. Beal is averaging 25.3 points along with 4.7 dimes over his previous 10 games.
News: McRae has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game against San Antonio due to a sore left Achilles, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McRae scored seven points (3-6 FG, 1-4 3Pt) and recorded two rebounds along with three assists over 15 minutes prior to exiting. The Wizards won't push him with only a few games remaining in the regular season and nothing to play for.
News: Robinson (hip) is off the injury report ahead of Friday's game against the Spurs.
Impact: A hip issue has kept Robinson off the court since January. Though it's not a guarantee he'll see the court Friday, it's possible.
News: Robinson (hip) could play Friday against the Spurs, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Robinson hasn't played since January while dealing with a hip issue, but it's possible he sees the court Friday. More information may arrive following the team's morning shootaround.
News: Green (rest) will play Friday against the Spurs, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Green hasn't seen the floor in each of the past three games, but he'll return to the lineup with Jabari Parker (knee) ruled out. In March, Green averaged 11.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 26.3 minutes.
News: Parker (knee) will not be available Friday against the Spurs, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Parker departed Wednesday's game after only 12 minutes of action with a sprained left knee, and with little on the line for the Wizards, he'll be held out Friday and could be in danger of missing the rest of the season.
News: Portis provided 20 points (9-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, two steals, two blocks, and one assist in 24 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Portis produced a massive stat line, supplying his career-high 13th double-double without receiving a ton of minutes. He remains fairly inconsistent overall. However, Portis is likely to continue asserting himself across the last three games of 2018-19.
News: Bryant contributed 20 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Bryant logged his fourth straight double-double and 14th through 69 appearances this season. If the sophomore big man is somehow still sitting on any waiver wires, fantasy owners would be wise to snatch him up.
News: Parker (knee) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Impact: Parker suffered a left knee sprain in the first half of Wednesday's game. It's unclear the severity of the injury at this time, and more information should come out following Wednesday's game. At this time, he should be considered questionable for Friday's game against the Spurs.
News: Parker is questionable to return to Wednesday's game against the Bulls after suffering a left knee sprain.
Impact: Parker suffered the injury during the second quarter of Wednesday's game. While the injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, there's a chance he'll be unable to return Wednesday with an official designation likely coming after halftime. If he's unable to return, Parkers availability for Friday's tilt with the Spurs will also be in question.
News: Green won't play Wednesday against the Bulls, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Green has picked up two consecutive DNPs, and that will be the case again Wednesday. It's possible his season is effectively over.
News: Head coach Scott Brooks said Tuesday that Ariza (groin) is unlikely to play again this season, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Ariza has already missed the last three games with a left groin strain, and the veteran swingman being ruled out for the rest of the season isn't too surprising to hear given where the Wizards currently stand. Ariza will now re-enter free agency this offseason after signing a one-year, $15 million deal for this year.
News: Brown ended with 24 points (9-16 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 37 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Brown went off for a career-high 24 points Sunday, torching the Nuggets with five triples from his seven attempts. He has now scored in double-digits in two straight games but had scored just 15 points combined in his three games prior. He should be in for decent minutes on a nightly basis moving forward but is tough to trust outside of deeper formats.
News: Parker finished with 20 points (8-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-6 FT), six rebounds, three steals, one assist, and one block in 31 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 victory over Denver.
Impact: Parker had another impactful game Sunday, scoring 20 points as the Wizards upset the Nuggets. He has scored in double-digits in four straight games, shooting at least 50 percent in all four. Parker has had an indifferent season and his future is certainly far from clear. The Wizards may elect to pick up his player option but that would seem unlikely at this stage. The fact it is only one year may work in his favor but at this stage, predicting where he falls in fantasy drafts is next to impossible. His outlook for the rest of this season is more assured and he should be viewed as a serviceable option in most formats.
News: Bryant totaled 20 points (9-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in 40 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Impact: Bryant continues to be a factor in many fantasy formats, putting up his third straight double-double Sunday. He has been fantastic for the Wizards over the past six games with averages of 15.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. Dwight Howard (back) is basically done for the season and Bryant appears as though he is going to finish off the season strongly and should be rostered in all formats.
News: Ariza (groin) will be held out of Sunday's game against the Nuggets, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Ariza is set to miss his third-straight game with a left groin strain. Given that he's without a timeline for return, he can be considered day-to-day going into Wednesday's tilt with the Bulls.
News: Beal had 34 points (13-25 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-10 FT), six assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 128-124 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Beal had been questionable heading into Friday but took his place in the starting lineup, finishing with 34 points in 39 minutes. There is continued discussion around potentially resting Beal down the stretch and perhaps Sunday will be that day. Owners are going to have to simply hope he takes the floor on what will be the final day of the season for many. Looking ahead to next season, Beal is likely to be a player to target in the second round of many drafts, especially with John Wall (Achilles) set to miss the majority of the season.
News: Bryant totaled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 128-124 loss to Utah.
Impact: Bryant had another strong game Friday and has certainly been a difference maker of late. He has played at least 27 minutes in five consecutive games, scoring in double-digits in four. He is not as efficient as some other centers but appears to be establishing himself as a standard league asset for the remainder of the season. The Wizards have one more game this week, against the Nuggets on Sunday. Owners should expect to see Bryant on the floor for extended periods once again, hopefully resulting in a strong statistical finish to the week.
News: Portis finished with 28 points (11-22 FG, 6-12 3Pt), 13 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and one block in 39 minutes during Friday's 128-124 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: Portis had arguably his best all-around line of the season Friday, contributing across the board as the Wizards made a late charge against the Jazz. They rallied from 15 points down in the third quarter to lead with only minutes remaining. Unfortunately they couldn't finish it off, however, Portis certainly made the most of the playing time. The points and rebounds are always a chance of happening with Portis but the five defensive stats are a bonus.
News: Beal (rest) will play Friday night against the Jazz, Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Impact: It looked as though Washington was going to give Beal the night off, but he'll start Friday. The Wizards' coaching staff may begin to cut back on his minutes down the home stretch in an effort to give the younger guys on the team a chance to play, especially after Washington was eliminated from playoff contention.
News: Beal might be rested for Friday's game against the Jazz, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: According to Beal, the decision will be "last-minute." The Wizards have officially been eliminated from playoff contention, so the coaching staff may use the opportunity to take a look at some of the young guys. More information should arrive closer to tipoff.
News: Ariza (groin) won't play Friday against Utah.
Impact: Ariza will miss his second straight contest while battling a left groin strain. He'll continue to be evaluated on a day-to-day basis and should be considered questionable for Sunday's clash with Denver.
News: McRae ended with 21 points (8-10 FG, 5-5 FT), and three rebounds in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 124-121 victory over the Suns.
Impact: McRae established a new season high in scoring in Wednesday's victory while turning in some efficient shooting along the way. His role has fluctuated over the course of the season and his playing time from one game to the next is anyone's guess. There is a chance he is worked into the rotation with a little more regularity down the stretch but he remains more of a deep-league flier.
News: Parker totaled 28 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 8-10 FT), 15 rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 124-121 victory over Phoenix.
Impact: Parker was outstanding Wednesday, pulling down a season-high 15 rebounds to go with 28 points, matching his season-high in that category. He has been a much-improved player since joining the Wizards and has even chipped in some defensive numbers. It is unlikely the Wizards pick up his contract for next season and so his role remains unclear. For now, he is a solid enough standard league player, especially for those in need of points and rebounds.
News: Bryant finished with 18 points (7-16FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-6 FT), 19 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 124-121 victory over the Suns.
Impact: Bryant was a monster on the glass Wednesday, hauling in a career-high 19 rebounds to go with 18 points. The efficiency was not there as he went just 7-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from the free-throw line. Bryant now has two double-doubles in his last three games and has played at least 35 minutes in three of four games. He appears locked in as the starting center and Dwight Howard (back) is unlikely to return this season. Bryant should be rostered in all formats until the end of the season.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said that it's "pretty safe to say" that Howard (back) won't return this season, Candace Buckner of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: With the Wizards sitting outside of the playoff picture going into the last week of the season, the Wizards seem to be content letting Howard miss the last few games. He's still limited to just non-contact work, meaning he's likely still got quite a bit of progress to make before he'd be ready to return. With Howard expected to miss the remainder of the season, Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant should continue to see the bulk of the workload at center.
News: Ariza (groin) won't play Wednesday against the Suns.
Impact: As expected, Ariza will sit out Wednesday after exiting Tuesday's loss to the Lakers when he aggravated the left groin injury that had sidelined him the previous two games. Given the recurring nature of the injury as well as the Wizards' status as a non-contending team, there's a decent chance Ariza misses additional time beyond Wednesday. Bobby Portis will likely rejoin the starting five at power forward alongside Thomas Bryant with Ariza sitting.
News: Bryant tallied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Bryant couldn't get much going against his old Lakers teammates, seeing a downturn after back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts. The 21-year-old has been up and down with his production all month, as he's interspersed nine performances of nine points or fewer among five double-digit tallies. Even Bryant's rebounds have been a bit less trustworthy in March, with the 5.6 he's averaging representing a decline for the second consecutive month.
News: Satoransky turned in eight points (4-10 FG, 0-3 3Pt), 11 assists, five rebounds and one steal across 37 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Satoransky was far from his sharpest offensively, but he helped make up for it by equaling his highest assist total of March. The 27-year-old has done a solid job filling in for John Wall (heel) in the wake of the latter' season-ending injury, even as his shot has been all over the map of late. Satoransky has impressively drained 50.0 percent or better of his attempts in half of 14 games during the month, but he's also put up a success rate of 40.0 percent or worse in six other contests within March as well.
News: Portis contributed 10 points (3-8 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 25 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Portis was bumped to the bench for Tuesday's game but still turned in a serviceable line overall relative to playing time. The 24-year-old has posted six straight double-digit scoring efforts and continues to offer solid contributions on the rebounding front as well. Factoring in Tuesday's output, Portis is averaging 14.4 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 14 March contests.
News: Parker managed 18 points (8-15 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 30 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Parker was the offensive leader of the second unit, and his point total actually checked in second on the night only to that of Bradley Beal's for the Wizards. The 24-year-old had turned in a pair of rare six-point tallies in the prior two contests, so Tuesday's resurgence was back in line with the 11 straight double-digit scoring efforts he's produced prior to the aforementioned pair of outliers. Parker's locked-in allotment of minutes in the mid-20s at minimum keeps him highly viable across all formats in the fantasy postseason.
News: Beal posted 32 points (10-19 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 10-13 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block across 37 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Impact: Beal's point tally once again comfortably paced the Wizards on the night and actually led all scorers. The veteran two-guard had seen a rare dip below 20 points in his most recent game, but he's been well past the mark more often than not as the usual offensive linchpin on a short-handed squad. While his final lines have usually been more than rewarding for fantasy owners, Beal is actually slumping in one area at the moment -- factoring in Tuesday's production, he's shooting just 23.5 percent (8-for-31) from three-point range over the last five games.
News: Ariza is doubtful to return to Tuesday's game against the Lakers due to a strained left groin.
Impact: Ariza was a game-time call with a groin issue heading into Tuesday's contest, and it appears he's aggravated the issue. He'll likely land on the injury report ahead of Wednesday's contest against the Suns.
News: Portis will play a reserve role in Tuesday's matchup with the Lakers.
Impact: Portis has started 15 consecutive games for the Wizards, so this is somewhat of a surprising move. The team will instead opt to go with Trevor Ariza (groin) and Thomas Bryant in their frontcourt to start the game. Still, he will presumably see relatively healthy minutes off the bench.
News: Ariza (groin) will get the start at power forward for Tuesday's tilt against the Lakers.
Impact: Ariza was upgraded from doubtful to game-time decision about 90 minutes before tip-off, and it did not take long for him to be confirmed as a starter. His groin is clearly feeling better, and given he has only been sidelined the previous two games, he figures to resume his usual role with the team.
News: Ariza (groin) will be a game-time decision Tuesday against the Lakers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Ariza was previously listed as doubtful, so this seems to be a bit of an upgrade. He'll go through pregame warmups before determining if he can make his return after being out the past two games.
News: Ariza (groin) is listed as doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Lakers.
Impact: Ariza strained his groin last week, and the Wizards aren't expecting to have him back Tuesday, so rookie Troy Brown will likely make another start on the wing. With the Wizards playing a back-to-back Wednesday in Phoenix, it wouldn't be a surprise if Ariza is held out of that contest, as well.
News: Portis scored 14 points (6-15 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and an assist in 31 minutes during Saturday's 113-108 loss to the Heat.
Impact: The Wizards' new starting frontcourt of Portis and Thomas Bryant each recorded double-doubles in this one, which should give coach Scott Brooks the confidence to continue the experiment. Portis now has five double-doubles in 15 games since moving into the starting five, averaging 13.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.5 three-pointers and 1.1 assists over that stretch.
News: Bryant scored 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes during Saturday's 113-108 loss to the Heat.
Impact: The Wizards' new starting frontcourt of Bryant and Bobby Portis each recorded double-doubles in this one, which should give coach Scott Brooks the confidence to continue the experiment. Bryant remains relatively raw as a player, but if the second-year center keeps seeing big minutes, he should keep producing.
News: Green scored a game-high 25 points (9-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding six rebounds, a steal and a block in 24 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 113-108 loss to the Heat.
Impact: It's the veteran forward's best scoring performance since he dropped 26 on the Hawks in early February. Green remains as erratic as ever -- he'd managed only 20 total points in his prior three games, two of them starts -- and he's best viewed as a DFS tournament lottery ticket in the right matchup.
News: Ariza (groin) is out Saturday against the Heat, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: A strained left groin will keep Ariza out for a second straight game. Troy Brown will start in his place once more.
News: Ariza (groin) did not go through shootaround Saturday morning, Candace Buckner of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Ariza is already carrying a doubtful designation, and his absence only adds to the notion that he'll be unavailable Saturday night for the second straight game.
News: Ariza (groin) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game against the Heat.
Impact: Ariza is in line for a second straight absence since straining his left groin in Wednesday's game against the Bulls. Troy Brown will likely get another start at small forward in his absence.
News: Portis and Thomas Bryant are expected to serve as the Wizards' starting frontcourt tandem for the foreseeable future after coach Scott Brooks said after Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets that he would give the pairing "some games," Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Portis had started at center over Bryant in the Wizards' previous 13 games before shifting to power forward Thursday. The position switch didn't seem to have much of an impact on Portis, who finished with 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight rebounds and one assist in 36 minutes. If the Wizards do decide to commit to regularly using Bryant in a 30-plus-minute role, there would be some risk of Portis losing out on playing time at power forward to the resurgent Jabari Parker, but probably not enough to dramatically downgrade the 24-year-old's rest-of-season outlook. With averages of 14.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 1.8 triples in 27.4 minutes per game since joining the Wizards in early February, Portis still warrants ownership in most formats, but his dearth of blocks and poor field-goal percentage relative to most big men don't make him an ideal fit for every roster.
News: Bryant and Bobby Portis are expected to serve as the Wizards' starting frontcourt tandem for the foreseeable future after coach Scott Brooks said after Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets that he would give the pairing "some games," Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant had started 43 consecutive games from Nov. 20 through Feb. 22 and had been an outstanding producer on a per-minute basis, averaging 10.3 points (on 63.4 percent shooting from the floor), 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 blocks in 21.0 minutes per contest. Despite that success, Brooks had been reluctant to expand Bryant's role and shifted him to a backup role at center behind Portis for the subsequent 13 games before using the two alongside one another Thursday. Though the Nuggets came away with the victory, the Wizards turned in a game effort against one of the West's top teams, with Bryant (22 points, eight boards and two blocks in 35 minutes) leading the charge. Given how Brooks has used Bryant in the past, it's tough to rely on the second-year big man consistently seeing 30-plus minutes, but the coach's comments suggest he may be more willing to turn the 21-year-old loose this time around with little on the line at this point for the 30-43 Wizards. With that in mind, Bryant makes for a strong speculative pickup in most fantasy settings.
News: Dekker (DNP-Coach's Decision) did not see the court in Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Dekker has appeared in just two of of the last five game while combining for only one point (0-4 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two dimes, and one board across 18 minutes of action. The 24-year-old forward had earned double-digit minutes in five straight games prior to this recent stretch. However, unless he suddenly starts earning ample minutes again he's unlikely to provide much value during the last nine games of 2018-19.
News: Johnson managed three points (0-1 FG, 3-3 FT) and one rebound in seven minutes during Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Johnson has appeared in only four games thus far in March and has been limited to single-digit minutes in each of them. As the regular season winds down and the Wizards fall out of playoff contention, Johnson is unlikely to receive many minutes across the last nine games of 2018-19.
News: Satoransky amassed 16 points (5-7 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 10 assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Satoransky was extremely efficient as a scorer, finishing with over twice as many points as field goal attempts. Moreover, he produced his seventh double-double of the campaign, this after logging just one across his first two seasons (130 games). With just nine games remaining in the regular season and the team's playoff hopes dwindling, Satoransky will nevertheless look to close out the campaign on a positive note.
News: Bryant posted 22 points (9-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Impact: Bryant drew the start and delivered an impressive stat line, finishing with twice as many points as field goal attempts while producing on the defensive end as well. Given the fact that the Wizards are close to being eliminated from playoff contention, Bryant and the rest of the younger players could be in line to see more consistent minutes across the final nine games of 2018-19.
News: Green will come off the bench Thursday against the Nuggets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Coach Scott Brooks will counter the size of Denver's frontcourt by moving Thomas Bryant into the starting five next to Bobby Portis, bumping Green to the bench as a result. In 26 games as a reserve this season, Green has averaged 12.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 24.8 minutes.
News: Bryant will start Thursday against the Nuggets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Bryant will start over Jeff Green, meaning Bryant and Bobby Portis will share the frontcourt to start the game after barely playing together all season. Coach Scott Brooks may be making the move to counter the size of Denver's frontline.
News: Brown will start Thursday against the Nuggets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: With Trevor Ariza (groin) out, coach Scott Brooks will give Brown the nod. Brown played 30 minutes during Wednesday's loss to Chicago, posting nine points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal.
News: Ariza (groin) won't play Thursday against the Nuggets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: As expected, a strained left groin will keep Ariza out Thursday. In his place, Troy Brown will draw the start, with Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker also candidates to see expanded roles.
News: Ariza (groin) is listed as doubtful for Thursday's game against the Nuggets.
Impact: Ariza suffered a groin injury in the first half of Wednesday's game against the the Bulls and was held out for the rest of the game. It's still unclear how severe the injury is for Ariza, but the Wizards likely won't be in any rush to bring the veteran back. With Ariza likely sidelined, Troy Brown and Sam Dekker should both be in line for additional minutes.
News: Brown finished with nine points (3-5 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, two assists and a steal over 30 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Brown played heavy minutes, logging his most playing time all season in Wednesday's loss. With the Wizards barely alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race and unlikely to make any noise in the playoffs, the Wizards' coaching staff may elect to give the 18-year old some extra court time over the final few weeks of the NBA regular season.
News: Portis totaled 15 points (6-17 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and three assists over 38 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Portis had a productive game in a matchup with his former team, scoring 15 points and adding solid contributions in rebounds and assists. Portis has carved out a nice role for the Wizards and should continue to receive heavy minutes moving forward.
News: Parker produced 28 points (11-18 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a steal over 38 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Parker led his team in scoring for the second straight game, and he added some quality stats across the board. His recent play has made him an extremely valuable fantasy player, with averages of 18.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists over his last nine games.
News: Beal finished with 27 points (7-19 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 11-15 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists, three steals and two blocks over 44 minutes in the Wizards' loss to the Bulls on Wednesday.
Impact: Beal scored just 15 points in Monday's loss to the Jazz, but he bounced back nicely with a 27-point performance. He shot poorly for the second game in a row, but he got to the free-throw line 15 times making 11 from the charity stripe to bolster his point total. Beal remains an elite guard option across all formats.
News: Ariza (groin) won't return to Wednesday's game against the Bulls.
Impact: Ariza injured his groin during the first half Wednesday and will miss the rest of the game. It's unclear how severe Ariza's injury is but a more concrete timeline should be provided ahead of Thursday's tilt with Denver clarifying his availability.
News: Coach Scott Brooks said Monday that the Wizards haven't shut Howard (back) down for the season, despite the center being limited to non-contact work on the court, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Wizards enter Tuesday's action 4.5 games off the pace for the eighth seed in the Western Conference with three weeks remaining in the regular season. Given the team's position in the standings, there's little incentive at this point to rush Howard back into action even if he turns a corner in what has been a prolonged recovery from back surgery along with a hamstring injury. Expect the Wizards to proceed with Bobby Portis and Thomas Bryant as their primary options at center the rest of the way.
News: Parker scored a team-high 19 points (8-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding seven rebounds, three steals, an assist and a block in 30 minutes off the bench during Monday's 116-95 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: In addition to leading the Wizards' offense, Parker also paced the team in boards. The 24-year-old forward is now averaging 17.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.2 three-pointers and 0.8 steals through 10 games in March.
News: Beal scored 15 points (4-12 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding two rebounds and two assists in 31 minutes during Monday's 116-95 loss to the Jazz.
Impact: It's only the third time all season that Beal has failed to drain a three-pointer. The All-Star guard was due for a quiet night after posting back-to-back 40-point efforts, but the loss was a devastating one for the Wizards' playoff chances -- the team now sits 4.5 games back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference, with 11 games left on their schedule and two other teams to leapfrog.
News: Beal erupted for 40 points (12-17 FG, 9-12 3Pt, 7-9 FT), seven assists, five rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes Saturday in the Wizards' 135-128 win over the Grizzlies.
Impact: Beal showed no signs of fatigue in the second half of the back-to-back set, finishing with exactly 40 points and knocking down better than half of his shot attempts for the second night in a row. The 25-year-old has been the engine of the Wizards' offensive attack since John Wall (Achilles) was shuttered for the season in late December and has soared to even greater heights since the All-Star break. Over his last 12 games, Beal is averaging 31.2 points (on 50.4 percent shooting from the field), 6.9 assists, 6.3 boards, 3.5 triples and 2.0 steals in 40.3 minutes per contest.
News: Satoransky (head) will play in Saturday's game against Memphis, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Satoransky passed all concussion-related tests and is set to go and will presumably start Saturday. In 41 starts this year, Satoransky's averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 32.4 minutes .
News: Satoransky (concussion) will play Saturday against the the Grizzlies, Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Satoransky was being evaluated for a potential concussion, but he's passed through protocol. Since February, he's averaging 10.8 points, 7.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds across 32.6 minutes.
News: Satoransky (head) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Grizzlies, Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Impact: Satoransky exited Friday's game against the Hornets in order to be evaluated for a potential concussion. While a definitive result hasn't yet been returned, Satoransky availability should be clarified prior to game-time. If he's unable to go, look for Chasson Randle to see heavy run.
News: Parker scored 17 points (7-12 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and four assists in 35 minutes off the bench during Friday's 116-110 loss to the Hornets.
Impact: It's his first double-double as a Wizard, and his sixth of the season. Parker has been giving Washington a solid frontcourt presence on its second unit, averaging 14.1 points, 7.2 boards, 3.1 assists, 1.0 three-pointers and 0.9 steals in 15 games since being traded from the Bulls.
News: Green scored 20 points (7-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT) while adding two rebounds, an assist and a block in 34 minutes during Friday's 116-110 loss to the Hornets.
Impact: He did commit five turnovers, but otherwise it was Green's best performance since he dropped 23 on the Raptors on Feb. 13. The veteran forward remains a mediocre fantasy option despite his occasional big nights, however, averaging only 11.9 points, 2.7 boards, 1.1 assists and 1.0 three-pointers in the 10 games between those scoring outbursts.
News: Beal scored a game-high 40 points (15-29 FG, 7-13 3Pt, 3-3 FT) while adding five rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in 45 minutes during Friday's 116-110 loss to the Hornets.
Impact: The Wizards' playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, and Beal did everything he could to get his squad a crucial win over one of the teams it's chasing, to no avail. He's scored at least 30 points in nine of the last 18 games, averaging a mammoth 29.5 points, 7.1 assists, 5.8 boards, 2.7 three-pointers and 1.8 steals over that stretch.
News: Satoransky is doubtful to return after suffering a head injury Friday night against Charlotte, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Satoransky is being evaluated for a concussion and likely won't return for the Wizards. If he's indeed ruled out, look for Chasson Randle to take over at point guard.
News: Dekker (back) is available Friday against the Hornets.
Impact: Dekker hasn't played in either of the past two games, but he could make his return Friday. Across his past four appearances, he's averaging 5.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 14.8 minutes.
News: Ariza (knee) is available to play Friday night against Charlotte.
Impact: Ariza was a late addition to the injury report due to right knee soreness, but the Wizards have reported that he's ready to roll. The UCLA product will be without a minutes restriction Friday evening, per Fred Katz of The Athletic.
News: Ariza will be a game-time decision for Friday's game against Charlotte due to a sore right knee.
Impact: Ariza popped up on the injury report Thursday evening after being held to just two points over 22 minutes Wednesday against the Magic. The Wizards should provide more insight on his availability following Friday morning's shootaround.
News: Randle was recalled from the G League prior to Wednesday's game against Orlando and finished with 13 points (5-7 FG, 3-5 3Pt) and two rebounds over 21 minutes.
Impact: It's been a hectic week for Randle to this point, as he was assigned to Washington's G-League affiliate, the Capital City Go Go, on Tuesday before he was brought back in time for Wednesday's clash. The 26-year-old guard has found ways to make an impact in each of his team's previous two games, scoring 12 and 13 points, respectively. The Stanford product has seen substantial playing time off the bench when with the Wizards, as he's averaging 15.1 minutes and 5.7 points through 34 matchups this year.
News: Parker finished Wednesday's game against the Magic with 19 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 0-2 FT), nine rebounds, an assist and a steal over 28 minutes.
Impact: While the Wizards didn't get much production from their starting five, Parker was one of three players off the bench who scored in double digits. The Duke product narrowly missed securing a double-double in a 100-90 victory at home. Parker figures to remain in a bench role moving forward despite averaging 17.4 points along with 7.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists in his previous five matchups.