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Source: Wizards keeping Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green through Thursday's NBA trade deadline -- and beyond

Source: Wizards keeping Bradley Beal, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green through Thursday's NBA trade deadline -- and beyond

On a night where the Wizards made significant changes to their roster, some familiar names do -- and will -- remain.

Washington, not surprisingly, has no intention of trading two-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal, a source tells NBC Sports Washington, despite having moved forwards Otto Porter and Markieff Morris the evening before Thursday's NBA trade deadline. 

Forwards Trevor Ariza and Jeff Green are also staying put despite the opportunity to trade the unrestricted free agents for future assets ahead of Thursday's 3. p.m. trade deadline. Ariza and Green remain in Washington's plans this season and beyond a source tells NBC Sports Washington. 

The 25-year-old Beal leads Washington with 24.8 points per game.  While other teams covet Beal's perimeter game, the Wizards prefer keeping their leading scorer as the organization transitions into a different phase with point guard John Wall sidelined for approximately the next 12 months with a ruptured left Achilles heel.

After Wall's season ended in late December with a heel injury, Beal's stewardship steadied a rocky season, though Washington's loss Wednesday at Milwaukee dropped the Wizards to 22-32 overall. The Wizards, 10th in the Eastern Conference, are four games behind Miami for the eighth and final playoff berth.

Washington created significant financial savings by dealing Porter's contract -- $55 million over the next two seasons -- to the Bulls for forward Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis. Moving the remainder of Morris' $8.6 million expiring contract to New Orleans for guard Wesley Johnson pushed the Wizards below the luxury tax line by a mere $232,000, per ESPN.

While the Wizards may retain Portis, a burly power forward entering restricted free agency this summer, declining Parker's team option for $20 million this summer creates the desired salary cap space. Johnson's $6.1 million salary expires this summer.

By dealing Porter, the Wizards have only four players under contract for next season: Beal, Wall, Ian Mahinmi, and rookie Troy Brown. Portis joins Tomas Satoransky, Thomas Bryant and Sam Dekker among Washington's group of restricted free agents.

That future flexibility -- a phrase that encapsulates what transpired Wednesday -- affords Washington a chance to keep Ariza, a two-way threat who brings a sturdy locker room presence.

The Wizards traded for the veteran forward in December with Kelly Oubre Jr. and Austin Rivers going to the Suns. Rumblings existed at the time about the team hoping to keep the 33-year-old around beyond this season. 

It appears the feeling is mutual. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Ariza is "enthusiastic" about re-signing with the Wizards. Ariza, averaging 14.8 points in 24 games with Washington, signed a one-year, $15 million contract with Phoenix.

Green, 32, played for the veteran's minimum this season after signing with his hometown team during the summer. The former Georgetown star is turning in the best across-the-board shooting season of his 10-year career while offering versatility playing power forward and center.

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Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

Rookie Rui Hachimura does full practice with Wizards, return not far away

WASHINGTON -- The long-awaited return of Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura is getting closer, as he participated in a full practice on Saturday for the first time since suffering a groin injury back on Dec. 16.

Hachimura, 21, had no limitations, per head coach Scott Brooks. He went through all of their drills and full-contact scrimmages.

"He did well. He went through everything. That's another good day," Brooks said.

The final hurdle for Hachimura at this point involves getting into game shape. His conditioning is not close to midseason form after missing seven weeks of games.

Brooks said Hachimura definitely will not return before the end of the team's current road trip, which ends on Tuesday in Milwaukee. After that, however, it could be a matter of days.

 

The Wizards will return to Washington after playing the Bucks for a six-game homestand. It seems likely he is back by the time it's over.

The ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Hachimura has had a strong rookie season so far, averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game while shooting 48.2 percent from the field. The Wizards have gone 7-12 since he's been out.

Hachimura suffered the injury when he was inadvertently kicked between the legs by teammate Isaac Bonga. He required a minor procedure and was away from the team for weeks before slowly working his way back to basketball activities and then participating in practices.

Saturday was a big step in his recovery and it now puts the finish line into focus.

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Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

Watch: We mic'd up Thomas Bryant when he cheered on Indiana in matchup vs. Maryland

When the Maryland Terps faced Indiana for the first time in Big Ten play this season in early January, one famous former Hoosiers player sat in the stands cheering his team on. Wizards center Thomas Bryant allowed NBC Sports Washington to follow him throughout the game, where he showed his trademark enthusiasm for his former team. 

"It feels great," he said when asked by NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes how it feels to be watching his alma mater. "It seems like yesterday I was just playing against Maryland myself."

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Unfortunately for Bryant, the Hoosiers lost that game. But they'll get another shot at the Terps on Sunday. 

But Bryant, who will have his own game to suit up for when the Wizards take on the Hawks, won't be there to cheer. But when he did have the chance - he was vocal. After all, he told Hughes, that's just the type of fan and teammate he is.

"No matter if I'm out there or not, I'm going to be on my brother's side," he said.

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