When: Friday, November 30 at 7 pm Eastern Time
Where: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
TV: NBC Sports Washington
Wizards: Dwight Howard (Out, Gluteal Soreness)
76ers: Markelle Fultz (Out, Shoulder), Jonah Bolden (Out, Leg), Justin Patton (Out, Foot), Zhaire Smith (Out, Foot)
What to Watch for
The Wizards were reportedly interested in trading for Jimmy Butler, but when it got down to brass tacks, they were unwilling to include Bradley Beal to get a deal done. Regardless of how you feel about the Wizards’ front office, their hesitance to include Beal is understandable since he’s on a more team-friendly contract, and doesn’t have all of Butler’s mileage concerns.
On the other hand, sometimes the prudent choice isn’t always the best one. The Butler trade has helped turn things around in Philadelphia after they stumbled out of the gates. The 76ers are 6-2 since they acquired Butler earlier this month, including two wins decided by clutch shots from their new star. The Wizards, meanwhile, are still trying to get on the same page as rumors swirl about whether or not Beal wants out of Washington.
Friday’s game isn’t a referendum on who made the right decision on Jimmy Butler, but it may prove to be another reminder of how Washington’s approach to team building has made it more difficult to pursue trades that can pull in star talent like Philadelphia did this season to take their already good team to another level.
A random moment in Wizards - 76ers history: Caron Butler hits a free throw the unconventional way
The Wizards won the game by 3.