The Brooklyn Nets are trading Bojan Bogdanovic to the Washington Wizards, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 22, 2017
The Wizards approached the All-Star break with the intentions for more bench production. They had been connected to names such as the aforementioned Bogdanovic, P.J. Tucker, Lou Williams, and Shabazz Muhammad.
All-Star point guard, John Wall was asked if he believed Washington would make a move.
The following is from NBC Sports.
“I think so.”
He thought correctly.
While this isn’t the best help Washington could have received, it’s certainly serviceable at the worst. The main thing to focus on in this deal is the departure of Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton.
Nicholson had just signed a 4-year, $26M deal with Washington this past summer, as he was viewed as the back-up ‘stretch four’. A lack of consistency on offense with little-to-no visible effort on defense put Nicholson in a situation where he simply just wasn’t part of Scott Brooks’ rotation.
Thornton started the season as the first guard off the bench but he was kind of in the same boat at Nicholson. No consistency on offense and virtually no defense (even though he tried at times so he gets credit for that).
Washington also gives up a first-round pick that is believed to be lottery protected, according to J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic.
— J. Michael (@JMichaelCSN) February 22, 2017
The biggest name in this trade however, is Bojan Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic is in his third season, and spent all three with the Brooklyn Nets prior to this deal. This season he has averaged 14.2 points per game, which was second on the team, only to Brook Lopez.
Bojan has a sweet stroke that will help to seize Washington’s offensive struggles outside of the starting five. He is very versatile and can play shooting guard, small forward, or as the ‘stretch four’.
Chris McCullough is a very interesting prospect. He is a power forward/center that can stretch the floor. This is only his second year in the league and it would appear from the outside looking in, he won’t be given too big a shot at getting minutes in the rotation. Jason Smith has played extremely well and Ian Mahinmi is slowly-but-surely working his way back into form.
The Washington Wizards have gotten some much-needed bench help. It’s hard to tell if they’re done making moves but with the departure of the first-round pick, it’s clear Ernie Grunfeld is aware this team can win now.