The NBA season has arrived and the Washington Wizards will open up at home giving out some stylish schedule magnets. Also, don’t worry the player bobble heads will soon be given out as well.
Due to preseason coming to a close, necessary roster cuts have been made along with trades. The Wizards’ time has come again to prove why they’re not just a mediocre team. It starts with the Miami Heat on Oct. 18.
Below is a brief focus on what Washington has done so far to prepare for the 2018-19 season.
Not even a full 24 hours after the final preseason game versus the Guangzhou Long-Lions, Washington made roster cuts to bring the count to 14. Wizards released guards Chris Chiozza, Tiwian Kendley, Chasson Randle and forward Lavoy Allen. Therefore, all four released players will head to the Wizards’ G-League affiliate, Capital City Go-Go.
The most noteworthy was newly acquired center Dwight Howard‘s injury. It started off as a back injury that kept him out of preseason and most practices. It was later diagnosed as a sore piriformis from doctors in New York.
The piriformis is a small muscle located deep in the buttock, behind the gluteus maximus. It runs diagonally from the lower spine to the upper surface of the femur. And the sciatic nerve running underneath or through the muscle.
On Monday, Howard participated in his first full practice with the starting core, which is great news. As a result, there’s no certainty he’ll start or even play in the season opener on Thursday. Furthermore, we push for an appearance in Washington’s five-game road trip.
Scott Brooks on the prospects of Dwight Howard playing in the regular season opener on Thursday: pic.twitter.com/7EFuD0x9aq— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) October 15, 2018
No other noted injuries have risen and let’s keep our fingers crossed it stays that way.
Wizards Making Moves: So long Jodie Meeks
Yes, you read correct. Washington traded Jodie Meeks on Monday to the Milwaukee Bucks. The trade also included a future second-round pick and cash all going to Milwaukee, in which they’ll waive Meeks.
The NBA suspended Meeks last season for 25 games for violating the league’s drug program. Meeks averaged 6.3 points per game and 1.7 rebounds in a bench role for the Wizards. He even added 34 percent shooting from 3-point range.
When the Wizards released four players, the roster count was at 14. Now with Meeks traded off, they’re at 13, which means another player must be added. Washington can look at their two-way contracts or possibly acquire someone through another trade. I mean no one saw the Meeks’ trade occurring this early in the season, so who knows.
Potential Starting Line-Up vs Miami
PG John Wall
SG Bradley Beal
C Ian Mahinimi (not sure a couple full practices will have Dwight Howard starting this Thursday)
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