Washington Wizards: 3 players who may not be back next season

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Washington Wizards Troy Brown Jr (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images)
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3. Troy Brown Jr.

Surprise! This third slot could have been taken by an easier choice like Shabazz Napier or Jarrod Uthoff but that would be no fun.

If Troy Brown Jr isn’t back with the Washington Wizards next season, it won’t be due to poor play or anything like that. It will actually be because of quite the opposite.

The Wizards are hoping that they can return to their 2013-2017 form next season and stay away from sub-30 win seasons. However, with John Wall returning from an Achilles injury, he may not be what he was during that four-season run.

In short, the Wizards may look to make a trade.

Assuming Bradley Beal is off-limits, Troy Brown Jr. might be the most attractive trade asset on the Wizards’ roster. While a lot of teams may ask about Rui Hachimura, it seems the Wizards have zero interest in moving him, so hey may be out of the question.

Brown, however, may be on the table and there is a lot to like. Still just 21 years old, Brown made a lot of strides between year one and year two and still has a lot of room to grow. He needs to work on his outside shooting and be more consistent from three, but his ability to be a swiss army knife on the floor is invaluable in today’s NBA.

He can handle the ball, defend guards and wings, and is always one of the smartest players on the court. He’s not a finished product, but there’s definitely upside there. So with all that being said, he may be a trade candidate if the Wizards decide they want to bolster the top of their roster.

Brown alone will not fetch you a superstar, but him along with a few other pieces may get you a young, defensive-minded center from Indiana who Washington has inquired about.

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Troy has looked all the part as a young piece who, in the future, can help any team he’s on in a variety of ways. He does not do anything at an exceptional level, or at least not yet, but he does do a lot of things at a very high level.

If the Wizards are looking to wheel and deal for another top tier player as they continue their road to becoming a competitive playoff team, Troy Brown Jr. is the type of player who could be on the way out.