Wizards Notes: Childs, Roster Cuts, Avdija, Bonga

Capital One Arena - photo via the Washington Wizards.

The Wizards have waived three players, the team announces. Forward Yoeli Childs, wing Caleb Homesley, and guard Marlon Taylor have been released following the team’s second preseason game.

Washington now has 15 players under contract with Anzejs Pasecniks as the only player without a fully guaranteed deal.

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  • After going 6-for-6 in his debut, Deni Avdiji, came back down to earth a bit and the rookie understands his transition to the league will have ups-and-downs. “The pace, I’m still getting used to it…but in general, I’m playing with a new team…I came from overseas, straight to a new team, a new country, a new culture,” Avdija told reporters. “We need to be a little bit patient. I need to be a little patient but it’s all going to come together.”
  • Avdija has a good chance to start at small forward, Scott Brooks said earlier this week, though the coach followed that up by bringing the rookie off the bench in favor of Isaac Bonga on Thursday night. The former Laker played well in the loss to the Pistons, scoring 10 points, including a pair of made three-pointers, while also adding three steals.
  • Bonga came to the Wizards in the Anthony Davis trade in which Washington operated as a third team willing to take on salary. In addition to Bonga, the Wizards obtained Moe Wagner, Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round pick. Surely, regardless of how well Bonga and Wagner (who started Thursday’s preseason game) progress, the Lakers are happy with their side of the trade. Still, Bonga becoming a serious contributor on this team can’t happen without a shrewd move by GM Tommy Sheppard at the beginning of his tenure.
  • Coach Brooks wasn’t happy with the Wizards sense of urgency against the Pistons. “We can play better,” he said. Brooks took a little extra time to get to the zoom meeting with media, as he was speaking with the team.

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