Thomas Bryant will return to the Wizards on a three-year, $25 million deal.
Bryant, 21, found his way to Washington via waiver claim in August 2018 before the season began after the Lakers requested Bryant’s release waivers.
Both parties had expressed mutual interest in a reunion after Bryant’s breakout year.
“It would be great [to stay here]. I love this place. I love the Washington Wizards,” he said. “I love playing with all of these guys. I love playing with Brad. I love playing with Troy [Brown Jr.], everybody. I love the coaching staff as well. Just being here. They gave me an opportunity to play. Why would I want to leave?”
After Dwight Howard went down early in the season, Bryant stepped up and replaced the overpaid Ian Mahimi in the starting lineup.
In 72 games (53 starts), Bryant averaged 20.8 minutes per game and 10.5 points per game. Bryant shot well for the Wizards in those 72 games at a 61.6% clip and led the NBA in shooting percentage inside the 3 point line shooting 68.5%.
To go along with Bryant’s excellent shooting he also averaged 6.3 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game.
Bryant played well enough to receive three votes for Most Improved Player during the 2018-2019 season.
The Wizards currently have both Dwight Howard and Mahimi under contract as their current centers. Thomas is asking for $10 million per year.
The Wizards also have Tomas Satoranksy, Bobby Portis and Jabari Parker all on expiring deal.