Wizards sign Daniel Gafford to three-year extension

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The Washington Wizards have signed center Daniel Gafford to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports Gafford has agreed to a three-year, $40.2 million extension. It's a strong commitment to Gafford, who arrived alongside Chandler Hutchison in a March trade that sent former Wizards first-round pick Troy Brown Jr. to the Bulls. (The Wizards later dealt Hutchison to San Antonio in August.)

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"We're very excited to extend Daniel's contract and continue to see him develop within our system after his athleticism on both ends of the floor made such an immediate impact for us last season," said Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard. "We are confident that he has the character and drive to keep working hard to improve his overall game and become an even bigger part of what we are building with our team."

Gafford proved to be a valuable contributor for the Wizards coming off the bench down the stretch last season, averaging 10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 23 games while shooting 68.1 percent from the floor. He was even more clutch in the playoffs, improving those averages to 11.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and two blocks per game, including a five-block performance in Game 4 of the Wizards' opening-round series against Philadelphia.

Playing more minutes in Washington (5.3 more per game than he played in Chicago), Gafford averaged 5.4 more points, 2.3 more rebounds, and nearly a full block (0.7) more than he did in 31 games prior for the Bulls last season.

The 23-year-old was a second-round pick (38th overall) out of Arkansas in 2019.