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Wizards don't plan to trigger a rebuild

The Wizards, as should surprise no one, are not detonating their roster and triggering a rebuild. Tommy Sheppard’s front office believes their team is more talented than it has been in years past — something its record does not reflect, in part due to a steady stream of injuries. Washington’s core trio of Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis and Kyle Kuzma have only played 23 games together this season largely because of Beal’s three extended absences due to either injury or illness. But injuries don’t account for all of the team’s shortcomings — they’re 11-12 when that trio is together.

Kyle Kuzma plans to decline player option and become a free agent next summer

Abandoning the kitchen, Tommy Sheppard spoke plainly in an interview Oct. 14, the day of Washington’s final preseason game: “I expect the final lineup to change quite a bit.” Recently, Kyle Kuzma has joined Sheppard in saying the quiet part out loud. In an interview this week, following statements he made in The Athletic, Kuzma said he does not expect to sign an extension with the Wizards and plans to decline his player option for the 2023-24 season to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Hawks, Suns interested in Kyle Kuzma

Several teams, such as the Atlanta Hawks and Phoenix Suns, have expressed trade interest in Kyle Kuzma, according to league sources. By the same token, the Wizards have shown interest in Hawks forward John Collins, and the sides seriously discussed a potential deal last offseason, league sources added. Overall, this surely creates a possible decision for the Wizards during the season of holding onto the potential free-agent-to-be or exploring what’s out there. However, the Wizards’ front office, led by general manager Tommy Sheppard, has made clear that it views Kuzma as a cornerstone moving forward as the franchise has seen him thrive since the mega-trade in the 2021 offseason. The Westbrook trade provided future flexibility and assets for the Wizards, who have been known to be aggressive and active in research across the league.

Bradley Beal feels he's been slighted his whole career

Neil Dalal: Tommy Sheppard has previously noted the NBA forgetting about Bradley Beal due to his wrist injury so @Chase Hughes asked Beal if he’s felt slighted. “No, no. It’s been like that my whole career, no change now. I’ve been slighted even when I was healthy so it doesn’t matter.” pic.twitter.com/JWZgtVKWyV