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Report: Wizards decline qualifying offer on Sam Dekker

Sam Dekker, Wizards

Forward Sam Dekker is now an unrestricted free agent after the Washington Wizards declined to give him a qualifying offer.

Dekker, the 18th overall pick in 2015, played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Wizards last season. The four-year NBAer has career averages of 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds across 15.5 minutes per game. Despite being a lottery pick, the 25-year-old has struggled to adjust to the NBA and has been hampered by injuries.

As for the Wizards, they extended qualifying offers to three other free agents on Wednesday: Thomas Bryant, Bobby Portis and Tomas Satoransky.

It’ll be an interesting offseason for a Wizards team that will enter the 2019-20 season without John Wall, who’s out with an Achilles injury. Last season, they finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 32-50 record — marking only the second time in six years that they failed to qualify for the postseason.

Without Wall, Bradley Beal and the likes of Dwight Howard, Jeff Green and Jabari Parker would have to step up to fill the void. Rui Hachimura, the team’s ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, might also need to develop quickly in order to help his team. Otherwise, we might see a Wizards team as bottom-feeders once again.