Bryant has agreed to a three-year, $25 million deal with the Wizards, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
As Dwight Howard dealt with back issues for almost all of last season, Bryant emerged as a primary option for the Wizards. He started 53 of his 72 appearances, averaging 11.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in those contests. The 22-year-old's role for next season is unclear, but he's shown legitimate upside at this point, including leading the NBA in two-point percentage.
Bryant had the qualifying offer extended by the Wizards and will become a restricted free agent.
Bryant stepped up in the wake of Dwight Howards season-ending back injury, recording 10.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 blocks in 20.8 minutes per game which shooting 61.6 percent from the floor, 33.3 percent from three and 78.1 from the line during his second professional season. He appears to be the incumbent starting center heading into 2019-20 and could see his role expanded given his solid defense and exceptional shooting percentages.
Bryant finished with 14 points (6-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), six rebounds and two assists over 17 minutes Tuesday against the Celtics.
Bryant managed to close out the season on a positive note, missing just one of seven shots from the field in a 116-110 loss for the Wizards. He impressed down the home stretch at the center position and has certainly made a strong argument for the starting slot to begin the 2019-2020 campaign. Bryant averaged 15.6 points, 10.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.3 blocks during the final 10 matchups of this season.
Bryant had 17 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds, two blocks, and one steal in 23 minutes during Sunday's 113-110 loss to the Knicks.
Bryant was strong yet again Sunday, continuing to make his claim for the permanent starting center spot next season. He has been a revelation for the Wizards since entering the starting lineup, and although it is certainly a limited sample size, there is a strong case for him to remain in the opening unit heading into next season. He is still quite raw when it comes to possessing a polished game but with time he could become a strong option in both fantasy and reality.
Bryant registered 19 points (8-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-3 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 32 minutes Friday against the Spurs.
Bryant continues to pour in the points down the stretch of the regular season, averaging 17.6 ppg over his previous five contests. Although the Wizards no longer have anything to play for, Bryant figures to maintain his impressive scoring production during the final two matchups of the 2018-2019 campaign.
Bryant contributed 20 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-6 FT), 12 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 39 minutes during Wednesday's 115-114 loss to the Bulls.
Bryant logged his fourth straight double-double and 14th through 69 appearances this season. If the sophomore big man is somehow still sitting on any waiver wires, fantasy owners would be wise to snatch him up.
Bryant totaled 20 points (9-16 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 14 rebounds, three assists, and three blocks in 40 minutes during Sunday's 95-90 victory over the Nuggets.
Bryant continues to be a factor in many fantasy formats, putting up his third straight double-double Sunday. He has been fantastic for the Wizards over the past six games with averages of 15.9 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks. Dwight Howard (back) is basically done for the season and Bryant appears as though he is going to finish off the season strongly and should be rostered in all formats.
Bryant totaled 11 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), 12 rebounds, three assists, and one block in 27 minutes during Friday's 128-124 loss to Utah.
Bryant had another strong game Friday and has certainly been a difference maker of late. He has played at least 27 minutes in five consecutive games, scoring in double-digits in four. He is not as efficient as some other centers but appears to be establishing himself as a standard league asset for the remainder of the season. The Wizards have one more game this week, against the Nuggets on Sunday. Owners should expect to see Bryant on the floor for extended periods once again, hopefully resulting in a strong statistical finish to the week.
Bryant finished with 18 points (7-16FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-6 FT), 19 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block in 40 minutes during Wednesday's 124-121 victory over the Suns.
Bryant was a monster on the glass Wednesday, hauling in a career-high 19 rebounds to go with 18 points. The efficiency was not there as he went just 7-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from the free-throw line. Bryant now has two double-doubles in his last three games and has played at least 35 minutes in three of four games. He appears locked in as the starting center and Dwight Howard (back) is unlikely to return this season. Bryant should be rostered in all formats until the end of the season.
Bryant tallied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), six rebounds and one assist across 28 minutes in the Wizards' 124-106 loss to the Lakers on Tuesday.
Bryant couldn't get much going against his old Lakers teammates, seeing a downturn after back-to-back double-digit scoring efforts. The 21-year-old has been up and down with his production all month, as he's interspersed nine performances of nine points or fewer among five double-digit tallies. Even Bryant's rebounds have been a bit less trustworthy in March, with the 5.6 he's averaging representing a decline for the second consecutive month.
Bryant scored 17 points (8-13 FG, 1-3 3Pt) while adding 11 rebounds and an assist in 36 minutes during Saturday's 113-108 loss to the Heat.
The Wizards' new starting frontcourt of Bryant and Bobby Portis each recorded double-doubles in this one, which should give coach Scott Brooks the confidence to continue the experiment. Bryant remains relatively raw as a player, but if the second-year center keeps seeing big minutes, he should keep producing.
Bryant and Bobby Portis are expected to serve as the Wizards' starting frontcourt tandem for the foreseeable future after coach Scott Brooks said after Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets that he would give the pairing "some games," Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bryant had started 43 consecutive games from Nov. 20 through Feb. 22 and had been an outstanding producer on a per-minute basis, averaging 10.3 points (on 63.4 percent shooting from the floor), 6.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.9 blocks in 21.0 minutes per contest. Despite that success, Brooks had been reluctant to expand Bryant's role and shifted him to a backup role at center behind Portis for the subsequent 13 games before using the two alongside one another Thursday. Though the Nuggets came away with the victory, the Wizards turned in a game effort against one of the West's top teams, with Bryant (22 points, eight boards and two blocks in 35 minutes) leading the charge. Given how Brooks has used Bryant in the past, it's tough to rely on the second-year big man consistently seeing 30-plus minutes, but the coach's comments suggest he may be more willing to turn the 21-year-old loose this time around with little on the line at this point for the 30-43 Wizards. With that in mind, Bryant makes for a strong speculative pickup in most fantasy settings.
Bryant posted 22 points (9-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Thursday's 113-108 loss to the Nuggets.
Bryant drew the start and delivered an impressive stat line, finishing with twice as many points as field goal attempts while producing on the defensive end as well. Given the fact that the Wizards are close to being eliminated from playoff contention, Bryant and the rest of the younger players could be in line to see more consistent minutes across the final nine games of 2018-19.
Bryant will start Thursday against the Nuggets, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bryant will start over Jeff Green, meaning Bryant and Bobby Portis will share the frontcourt to start the game after barely playing together all season. Coach Scott Brooks may be making the move to counter the size of Denver's frontline.
Bryant registered 21 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, an assist and two blocks over 25 minutes Wednesday against Orlando.
Bryant has been held in check of late, scoring just 10 points over his last two games. He managed to turn his play around Wednesday, however, knocking down 75.0 percent of his field goals and cleaning up on the boards. Bryant is averaging 9.8 points through seven contests in March, which is just above his 9.6 ppg average on the season.
Bryant tallied just nine points, four rebounds, and one block in 20 minutes during Sunday's 135-121 victory over the Timberwolves.
Bryant failed to deliver for those that may have streamed him in Sunday, ending with just nine points in 20 minutes. That makes two subpar games for Bryant who had been playing well prior. Despite the upside, Bryant's role is too inconsistent to warrant a permanent roster spot. He could be used as a blocks streamer in certain situations but that is about the limit of his value right now, outside of deeper formats.
Bryant compiled 18 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 6-8 FT), five rebounds, three assists and a block across 20 minutes Wednesday against Brooklyn.
Bryant put together another efficient shooting performance, hitting on 60.0 percent of his field goals while draining six of eight attempts from the charity stripe. He's reached double digits in the scoring department in three of his previous five matchups, and he's shooting the ball at a clip of 55.6 percent over that span. Although Bryant's season scoring average sits at 9.8 ppg (50 games), his stock appears to be on the rise.
Bryant exploded for 23 points (9-11 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, and two steals in 31 minutes during Saturday's 119-112 loss to the Pacers.
Bryant is no stranger to incredibly efficient outings, as he has turned in some absolutely stellar performances this season. However, this was easily his most well-rounded showing (matched career highs in assists, blocks, and steals) despite the fact that he came off the bench behind Bobby Portis. Bryant now has eight double-doubles through 50 appearances this season and has improved tremendously, but he's still pretty inconsistent overall.
Bryant will come off the bench Saturday against the Pacers, Fred Katz of The Athletic reports.
Bobby Portis has apparently impressed coach Scott Brooks, and he'll draw the start over Bryant. The change likely won't affect Bryant's workload much, as he has only been seeing 17.6 minutes per game over the past five contests, averaging 9.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
Bryant scored 26 points (12-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 148-129 loss to the Bucks.
The double-double was his seventh of the season, and while Bryant's production has been wildly inconsistent -- he scored two points with three boards in only 12 minutes Monday against the Hawks -- the second-year center is likely to see his role increase down the stretch, with the Wizards clearing more expensive veteran players off the books ahead of the trade deadline.
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