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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