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|C||27||N/A||7' 0"||250 lbs||MARYLAND|
|F||28||N/A||6' 7"||230 lbs||VIRGINIA|
|G||27||N/A||6' 3"||207 lbs||FLORIDA|
|G||23||N/A||6' 1"||185 lbs||MICHIGAN STATE|
|F-G||25||N/A||6' 6"||210 lbs||BOISE STATE|
|F-C||22||N/A||6' 10"||234 lbs||ARKANSAS|
|F||28||N/A||6' 10"||225 lbs||N/A|
|F||20||N/A||6' 9"||210 lbs||N/A|
|G||24||N/A||6' 5"||215 lbs||LIPSCOMB|
|G||21||N/A||6' 8"||180 lbs||N/A|
|G||32||N/A||6' 0"||175 lbs||WAKE FOREST|
|G||28||N/A||6' 1"||180 lbs||N/A|
|C||33||$4,767,000||7' 0"||281 lbs||STANFORD|
|F||23||$4,469,160||6' 8"||230 lbs||GONZAGA|
|G||32||$38,178,000||6' 3"||200 lbs||UCLA|
|C-F||23||$7,936,508||6' 10"||248 lbs||INDIANA|
The Washington Wizards made a host of changes to their squad in the offseason (and towards the early part of the 2020-21 campaign itself).
Bradley Beal was once again a highly sought-after trade target by opposing teams, but the Wizards were able to fend off any and all interested parties. In a rather surprising turn, it was long-time cornerstone John Wall who made his way out of D.C. as part of a blockbuster deal with the Houston Rockets that brought former league MVP Russell Westbrook to Washington. Parting ways with Wall was not an easy pill to swallow for the Wizards faithful, but the arrival of Westbrook certainly softened that blow.
Aside from Wall, the Wizards also said goodbye to a few other players via free agency. This includes Jerian Grant, Ian Mahinmi, and Shabazz Napier. With players going out, they also brought in a few warm bodies with Robin Lopez and Raul Neto, who both signed one-year deals.
The Wizards did a commendable job in keeping sharp-shooting forward Davis Bertans in Washington, with the 28-year-old putting pen to paper on a new five-year contract worth $80 million.
Washington also had a lottery pick in their possession, which they used to draft Deni Avdija as the ninth overall pick. The 6-foot-9 power forward of Israeli descent plied his trade last season overseas with Maccabi Tel-Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League. He was one of the highly-touted prospects in the draft, and the Wizards could actually call themselves fortunate that Avdija fell all the way to the ninth spot.
The Wizards field a starting five of Westbrook, Beal, Avdija, the highly-promising Rui Hachimura, and Thomas Bryant. Unfortunately, Bryant tore the ACL on his left knee early in the season, which put an end to his campaign. Bertans, Ish Smith, Troy Brown, Raul Neto, Robin Lopez, Jerome Robinson, and Moritz Wagner will be Washinton's key players on the second unit.
By trading away a long-time servant in Wall, the Wizards have officially turned a page of their franchise’s history. The new era in D.C. begins now.