Thibault became the team’s most successful coach over the weekend when he won his 39th game, and in two-plus seasons has turned the Mystics from cellar-dweller into an Eastern Conference contender.
The 37-year-old Pierce, who played for the Wizards last season but opted out of his contract last week, will return to his native Los Angeles to once again play for Doc Rivers.
Wade, who has won three championships with the Heat, has decided to forgo a $16.1 million option in his contract and will test free agency.
James is likely to sign a new deal with the Cavaliers that will make him more than the $21.6 million headed his way if he were to exercise an option in the contract he signed prior to last season.
Kelly Oubre Jr. has been over the top in every aspect since he was drafted by the Wizards late last week, and taming that approach was a task neither Eddie Jordan nor Flip Saunders were able to accomplish.
The brash, cocky attitude Oubre displayed shortly after being drafted late last week will play differently with the Wizards, who still view him as a player who will need plenty of professional seasoning.
Jahlil Okafor could get a solo turn as the next big man to put the 76ers’ fate on his 6-foot-11 frame.
The Wizards were specifically looking for a big man when their second-round pick came around, according to general manager Ernie Grunfeld.
The Wizards added wing help when they selected Oubre, from Kansas, after moving up four spots to the 15th overall selection in the draft.
Towns, from Kentucky, and Okafor, who led Duke to the national championship, had been rated evenly at one point, though Towns has moved to the top of the list in most mock drafts.
Love opted out of the final year of his contract, which would have paid him $16.7 million next season, but has said it is his intention to return to the Cavaliers next season.
Grunfeld, the Wizards’ president of basketball operations since 2003, has made some great choices and some poor ones in the draft. The annual event will be held again Thursday night.