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Scott Brooks says Isaiah Thomas, Ish Smith will battle it out for Wizards’ starting point guard spot in training camp

Wizards, Scott Brooks, Ish Smith

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks says Isaiah Thomas and Ish Smith will battle it out for the starting point guard spot in training camp.

Wizards All-Star guard John Wall is widely expected to miss the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his Achilles tear.

Washington signed Thomas and Smith in free agency this summer. IT was with the Denver Nuggets last season, while Smith played for the Detroit Pistons.

“I think it’s just as you go through you want to have it open, and it’s open,” Brooks told Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated. “But a lot of time a lot of times when it’s open you don’t decide on, ‘OK, this guy beat him out.’ It’s what’s best for the team. And that usually presents itself a lot of times.”

Isaiah Thomas fell out of the Nuggets’ playing rotation last season and didn’t play at all during the 2019 playoffs. The lefty averaged 8.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12 regular season games while shooting 34.3 percent overall, 27.9 percent from the 3-point line and 63.0 percent from the charity stripe.

With the Pistons in 2018-19, Ish Smith averaged 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.8 percent from the free-throw line in 56 games.

The Wizards are looking forward to Thomas and Smith bringing out the best in one another in training camp and preseason.