Wizards exercise options for forwards Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura

Kevin Brown
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Wizards exercise options for Troy Brown Jr., Rui Hachimura originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards exercised the options for Troy Brown Jr. and Rui Hachimura on Monday.

Washington picks up Brown's fourth-year option and Hachiumra's third. Brown was selected with the No. 15 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, while Hachimura was taken ninth a year later in 2019. 

Brown averaged 10.4 points and 5.6 rebounds over 69 games last season. With 32 starts to his name, Brown has begun to cement himself as one of the primary initiators on the second unit. It's a bench unit that's come out of the 2020-21 season's gates slowly, though Brown is coming off his best game of the season. Brown scored 12 points off the bench in Washington's second-straight loss to Orlando, after going scoreless the night before and notching three points opening night against Philadelphia. 

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While the exercised option on Brown's three-year, $9.3 million contract, may have been an expected move, it serves as a vote of confidence for Brown's expanded role in coach Scott Brooks' rotation. 

Hachimura's exercised option on his third-year carries an additional $6.3 million to the cap next season was also a likely outcome. The second-year power forward had one of the franchise's best rookie seasons and was named to the 2019-20 All-Rookie Second Team. Though recovering from an eye infection to start the season, Hachimura figures to be a key part in the Wizards' future.