According to Clutch Points reporter Brett Sizel, Oklahoma City released Ty-Tai Washington Jr. (guard, 190cm, 89kg) on the 19th (Korean time). Washington debuted last season and played his first season. He was even mentioned as one of the best prospects in high school. Now that he is in his 20s, his value as a promising player is not small. I haven’t had enough time to unleash my potential in the pros yet.
A native of the first round, his rookie contract allowed him to stay with him for at least the upcoming 2023-2024 season and up to the 2025-2026 season. But Oklahoma City decided not to go along with him. Not only do they already have a lot of promising players, but there are too many of them in the current squad. He was looking for a cleanup, and after Rudy Gay, he parted ways with Washington.
It is not certain, but it is assumed that Oklahoma City also tried to trade through Washington. However, the transaction may not have been easy. Oklahoma City also sent Washington as it had to select a squad for the next season right away. Oklahoma City has a number of promising players who have joined the team over the past two to three years. There was no room for Washington to squeeze in.
Any other rebuilding team would not have released Washington. However, the rebuilding of Oklahoma City is progressing sequentially, and the players selected through a number of nomination rights secured in the past are well selected. Not to mention, Vasily Michich joined Oklahoma City this summer. There is Tre Man, an existing prospect, and Josh Giddy to help with the operation.
Washington entered the NBA through the last 2022 draft. He was called up by the Memphis Grizzlies with the 29th pick in the first round. Immediately after the nomination, his rights were sent to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Walker Kessler (Utah). Soon after, he was traded again to the Houston Rockets and signed a rookie contract. He played 14 minutes per game in 31 games for Houston, averaging 4.7 points (.363 .238 .556), 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists. 먹튀검증 He was traded this summer to the Atlanta Hawks, along with Usman Garuba, to Oklahoma City along with Gay and Garuba. Atlanta, which was looking to strengthen its power, received Patrick Mills. Oklahoma City tried again to secure the nomination with a trade for an old player and a bad contract. They used Mills to secure Garuba and Washington. All but the double Garuba were released.
Meanwhile, Washington has been released, but it is expected that there will be recruitment offers from other clubs. This is because he is a young player in his 20s and has not yet had many opportunities in the NBA. As Oklahoma City has a number of promising prospects, there are aspects that have not been established, so it is worthwhile for teams looking to secure a backup guard to recruit Washington.