Per Josh Robbins of The Athletic, the Wizards have waived center Taj Gibson and forward Xavier Cooks. Gibson was entering his second season with the team and was unlikely to play major minutes at 38 years old despite the Wizards need for competent center minutes.
Due to their lack of size, I honestly didn’t consider Gibson a potential casualty. Perhaps they can convince him to join the coaching staff and help work with Daniel Gafford more exclusively.
This would have been Cooks’ first full NBA season. It will be interesting to see if he winds up on another NBA team or if he goes back to Australia. He is the reigning NBL MVP and I’m sure his former team, the Sydney Kings, would be happy to have him back.
We will be going live on Bleav in Wizards at 5:15 p.m. EST to break down these roster moves. We will also talk about the John Butler Jr. addition as well. Feel free to ask any questions or provide any comments in the YouTube chat as we go.