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Washington picks up 3rd-year options on Troy Brown Jr., Mo Wagner

Wizards, Troy Brown Jr., Mo Wagner

The Washington Wizards have decided to pick up the third-year options on the contracts of Troy Brown Jr. and Mo Wagner, according to a report from Fred Katz of The Athletic.

The Wizards selected Brown with the 15th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, and they apparently like what they see in his game. However, the former McDonald’s All-American recently suffered a left calf strain and is expected to be sidelined for roughly four weeks. It’s not clear if he’ll be ready to go in time for the start of training camp.

In 52 appearances with the Wizards last season (10 starts), Brown racked up averages of 4.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the field (31.9 percent from beyond the arc), 2.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 14.0 minutes per outing.

Wagner came to the Wizards by way of a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers in July. The German-born big man played in 43 games last season (five starts), averaging 4.8 points on 41.5 percent shooting (28.6 percent from downtown) and 2.0 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per contest.

The Wizards finished the 2018-19 campaign with a disappointing 32-50 overall record, marking their first absence from the playoffs since 2015-16. Hopefully, with an offseason to prepare, Washington will find its way back into the hunt.