In an expected move, the Washington Wizards have exercised the $3.2 million option on Kelly Oubre Jr.’s contract, ensuring that he will return to the team for a fourth season in 2018-19. Oubre, 21, has a unique standing in the locker room as the team’s only first-round draft pick since 2015. The Wizards acquired Oubre, who was selected 15th overall by the Atlanta Hawks, as part of a three-team draft-day trade. Since having a pedestrian rookie year under then-head coach Randy Wittman, Oubre has since developed into a member of the team’s cherished core.
Bobby Marks: The likelihood is that the [Boston Celtics] will apply for the disabled player exception, which will be worth up to $8.4 million. The league will have to determine whether Gordon Hayward’s injury will keep him out until June 15–the target date–for it to be granted. I think it’s good to have, I just don’t see how many good options are out there. The rule is, you’re trading for or signing players on a one-year contract. If you look at the [small forwards] under contract, there’s not many great ones out there that can have an immediate impact right now.