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.
And finally, it appears more top recruits don’t care about where they go to college and are just biding their time until draft night. This may be most concerning to the NBA because it impacts the league directly. “What’s really interesting to me is the last two No. 1 picks in the NBA draft, Ben Simmons two years ago and Markelle Fultz last year, both played with teams that did not make the NCAA tournament [LSU and Washington, respectively],” Silver said. “And I don’t think enough people are talking about that. That seems to be a sea change. “It’s become common knowledge that these so-called one-and-done players, maybe understandably, are almost entirely focused on where they are going to go in the draft lottery. Not to say they don’t badly care about winning but … the stakes are so high in terms of the amount of money they can make over a long NBA career.”