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The Wizards are interested in retaining Scott this summer but are currently not set up to have much money to play with in free agency. They are in the luxury tax with three max contracts and others set to earn big money in 2018-19 like Ian Mahinmi and Marcin Gortat. They would likely need to use a salary cap exception to bring him back. Washington is also expected to make significant changes to their bench like they have in recent years. Though Scott was a bright spot, they could use their available resources to go in a different direction, perhaps to value defense over Scott’s scoring ability. There is also the draft in June that will affect their free agency priorities, depending on what type of player they bring in.

Scott didn’t flat-out say he wanted to remain with the Wizards during his media exit interview last weekend, but he did speak highly of the organization. He also mentioned how it was nice to play just a two-hour drive away from where he grew up. Scott’s father and friends would often make the trip to Washington see him play. There is comfort for him in D.C. and that is a good selling point. “It’s a brotherhood, whether you guys believe it or not. We’re all close. I’m close with everybody, I’m cool with everybody. Love this team, love this organization and the coaching staff,” he said.

Banks County (Ga.) Superior Judge Currie Mingledorff II granted Scott’s motion to suppress evidence against the forward and his brother, Antonn Scott, largely based upon testimony and evidence that suggests a pattern of racial profiling by law enforcement in the county. “In my 35 years of practicing law, this could be the worst case of racial profiling I have ever seen,” Steve Weiner, counsel for Mike Scott, told The Vertical. “Hopefully this will lead to Banks County, Georgia, re-evaluating their policies.”
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