Wizards Notes: Quickley, J. Smith, Draft, Facility

While they can’t meet in person with this year’s draft prospects, the Wizards are doing their homework on a number of players.

According to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington, the team has spoken to Kentucky’s Immanuel Quickley and intends to interview Maryland’s Jalen Smith this week. The Wizards have also touched base with Arizona’s Zeke Nnaji, as we noted on Tuesday.

While much of the draft speculation involving the Wizards will focus on the team’s lottery pick, the club is also projected to hold the 37th overall selection. The three players listed above could be candidates for that pick — Smith is ranked 30th on ESPN’s big board, with Nnaji coming in at No. 34 and Quickley at No. 54.

Hughes also points out that even if the Wizards don’t get a chance to draft any of those players, it makes sense to get as familiar with them as possible. For instance, after working him out a couple times, the team was high on Moritz Wagner leading up to the 2018 draft. Although they couldn’t justify picking him at No. 15, the Wizards ultimately ended up acquiring Wagner from the Lakers in a trade a year later.

Here’s more on the Wizards:

  • In a two-part series, Sam Vecenie and Fred Katz of The Athletic break down what a number of different draft scenarios would look like for the Wizards, who will likely end up at No. 9 or 10 if they don’t get lucky in this year’s lottery. The Athletic’s duo have Washington selecting Anthony Edwards at No. 1 and view Tyrese Haliburton, Cole Anthony, and Devin Vassell as some of the team’s potential options in the 9-10 range.
  • Head coach Scott Brooks said during an NBA TV appearance earlier this week that as long as “everything goes as planned,” the Wizards will reopen their practice facility for individual voluntary workouts on Friday, tweets Katz. As Katz notes, not all the Wizards players are still in the D.C. area, but some are.
  • In case you missed it, Rui Hachimura earned a spot on Hoops Rumors’ All-Rookie Second Team for 2019/20, based on your votes. Check out the full results of our All-Rookie polls right here.
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2 thoughts on “Wizards Notes: Quickley, J. Smith, Draft, Facility

  1. KnickerbockerAl

    Wizards have to decide which way to go. Seems Beal is constantly discussed in trades. Wall coming back from serious injury. They have FA decisions to make. With this draft coming. Some good picks. They have a solid young team. Wall the elder statesmen. With big contract. Seems like the one to move. Beal at 26 is the one to build around. Wall shouldn’t be hard to move. Especially if you move him in conference. You just have play and show him. By trade deadline he should be a wanted man. Wizards should go with youth. They have a good young core. A top ten pick this yr. Which can be a solid pick. Deep in PG, and PF. IMO Carey Jr would be a steal here. More than few drafts have him going outside of lottery. Which I don’t get at ALL. Wall should bring in gd young talent plus pick, or picks. Wizards are a 7- 8 seed without Wall next yr. The have to have the cojones to young. It’s that time.

  2. x%sure

    Zards are going to be planning to keep Beal… until they don’t. Seriously there aren’t many 2Gs in the draft so they won’t be hard to avoid.
    I have a hard time getting through all those periods… so I usually don’t. Ironic, but my sentences often run long.

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