Washington Wizards Rumors
Marc J. Spears: Guard Gary Payton, Jr., expected to sign a 10-day contract with the Wizards tomorrow, a source said.
Fred Katz: The Wizards, by rule, have to add a player by tomorrow. And Scott Brooks had an A+ non-answer when asked what type of player the team, which has only 13 guys on the roster, might be after: “Yeah, we will definitely add a player soon. Pretty quick. Yeah.”
Ted Leonsis expressed firmly what team officials have been indicating for weeks, that if they are active at the trade deadline, it won’t be with deals involving their main guys. That means Beal is highly unlikely to be dealt. Otto Porter Jr. can be considered similarly and John Wall should go without saying given his current injury status and hefty trade kicker.
That’s why is hasn’t come as a surprise that a conga line of contenders have kicked the tires on Beal, by far the Wizards’ most valuable—and most tradable—asset. Multiple team executives and agents tell Bleacher Report the impending Feb. 7 trade deadline is expected to be a busy one and that Beal’s talent, sharpshooting, versatility, age (25) and contract (two years and $56 remaining) make him one of the most coveted assets in the marketplace. “There are so many teams in the mix trying to make that extra push that want Beal,” a Western Conference executive told B/R.