Wizards make off-season changes to roster

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The Washington Wizards season has just started as of October 1 2018. The Nation’s Capital basketball team has made many changes. There are alot of new faces and many new skills that can improve the Wizards organization.

The Washington Wizards have traded Marcin Gortat for Austin Rivers . The star center averaged 8.4 points, 1.8 assist and 7.6 rebounds in the 2017-18 season. Austin Rivers averaged 15.1 points 4 assist and 2.4 rebounds. Although Austin is a backup point guard he will help our bench be more productive and help score more.

Marcin Gortat left but replaced with Dwight Howard. Howard averaged 16.6 points 1.3 assist, 12 rebounds. DC high schooler Reggie Gentles said, “I like the changes, we have a better center and better bench. The Wizards will be more productive this year.”

After Dwight Howard signed a two year $10.9 million contract, he informed the Wizards staff he was going through some back pain and injury. Dwight has not participated in training camp or any physical scrimmages yet. He also sat out in their first annual open practice on September 28th. The Wizards organization spoke on it being a small injury so he should be cleared to play in the first weeks of the regular season.

E.L. Haynes Alumni Charles Sommerville said, “I feel like he should be good by the season but also his back injury won’t allow him to play at his full potential.”

In the 2017-18 NBA season the Washington Wizards were the eighth seed and played the Toronto Raptors in the first round. Unfortunately they lost 102-92 in Game 6. Otto Porter, their starting small forward did not play that game coming from a left leg surgery. The players were confident they could still win because it was a home game and all the fans would come to support.

Bradley Beal finished with 32 points and John Wall had 23 points and 8 assists. A junior at E.L Haynes Coston Dubose said,” I believe we have more a chance this year to become one of the top seeds of the east and put a real fight down the stretch of the playoffs.”

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