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Bradley Beal riffs on Wizards' new acquistions

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Bradley Beal riffs on Wizards' new acquistions

Ideally, Bradley Beal won't have to log as many minutes in his fourth season with the Wizards. This will be the most backup he has had on the perimeter which could allow him to be more effective in the long run and avoid recurring injuries to his ankles and lower right leg.

"I like them. We have a great group of guys," Beal said about new acquisitions Gary Neal, Jared Dudley, Alan Anderson and Kelly Oubre in a phone conversation last week. "I think Jared is going to help us out tremendously. Alan is going to help us out. ... I'm excited. We still have a great team, still have our core together and it's just a matter of going out and getting the job done again."

Neal is a natural shooting guard who averages 9.9 points for his career. Oubre played some at that spot, too, during Las Vegas summer league. Given the depth the Wizards have at small forward, with Otto Porter, Dudley, Anderson and Martell Webster, this presents them with a lot of combinations that weren't previously available to coach Randy Wittman. 

Beal has averaged 34 minutes per game the last two seasons but has yet to play a complete one because of stress reactions to his lower right leg, precursors to season-ending fractures. Beal typically plays a lot of minutes early and fades late. But in the last two postseasons, when the Wizards advanced to the conference semifinals, he shined. 

They lost Paul Pierce to free agency, but Beal is content with what he has seen in Oubre, who works out with the same strength and conditioning coach for his individual work (Drew Hanlen). 

"I watched one summer league game. I love his aggression, he's real long and athletic," he said of Oubre, who has a 7-2 wingspan on his 6-7 frame. "It's something that's going to help us out a lot. Him and Otto are really going to be competing. Kelly needs to work on a few things. I love his mentality, his approach to the game. People say he's a little arrogant, a little cocky. We love to have that little swagger about him."

[MORE: Wall's game must be on point to make Team USA]

 

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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