Thomas Bryant agrees to 3-year, $25 million deal with Wizards
Thomas Bryant has agreed to a three-year, $25M deal to return to the Washington Wizards, agent Todd Ramasar (@tramasar) tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019
Washington acquired Bryant last summer after he was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers, which almost immediately began to pay dividends.
Dwight Howard sustained an injury early in the season, allowing Bryant to take on the starting role. He capitalized on the opportunity, averaging 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds in 72 games despite playing just over 20 minutes per game. Those numbers equate to a per-36 line of 18.2 points, 10.9 points and 1.6 blocks.
Although the Wizards failed to make the playoffs and will have to wait nearly half a year for John Wall to return form injury, Bryant’s emergence in the frontcourt marks a crucial development for a team that desperately needs more young talent.
Howard played well–albeit sparingly–when he was on the floor in Washington, but he also become injury-prone and is hardly the guy he was in the first few years of this decade.
Bryant, meanwhile, could be on the rise after adequately handling a large spike in year-over-year playing time. Just in case those aforementioned numbers do not capture Bryant’s potential, he also registered a 21.0 Player Efficiency Rating (PER), according to Basketball-Reference.
Although Howard will be back in the mix for the 2019-20 season, Bryant is sure to see a minutes increase if not a starting role, should Washington go with a monster frontcourt of Howard and Bryant.
Regardless, Bryant has earned every bit of this pay raise heading into year three.