The Brooklyn Nets have traded Bojan Bogdanovic to the Washington Wizards, getting a first round pick in return.
The Brooklyn Nets have completed their first trade with the NBA Trade Deadline just hours away. The Nets have agreed to a trade with the Washington Wizards.
The Nets will send small forward/shooting guard Bojan Bogdanovic and power forward Chris McCullough to Washington. The Nets will receive power forward Andrew Nicholson, shooting guard Marcus Thornton, and a 2017 first round pick; the draft pick is lottery protected.
The Wizards had been looking to add some fire power to their bench by the trade deadline. They were interested in acquiring Lou Williams from the Los Angeles Lakers, but Williams ended up being traded to the Houston Rockets. Not wanting to miss out on another trade option, the Wizards struck and surrendered their first round pick.
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It is the second consecutive season that the Wizards traded away a first round draft pick at the deadline; last season they sent one to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris. It is a move the Wizards were happy to make.
"“Bojan is a very good shooter and a talented overall scorer whose versatility gives us an added dimension as we gear up for the stretch run,” Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said in a statement. “He is a proven starter that will provide us an added boost off the bench and allow us to be creative with our lineups.”"
Bogdanovic is averaging a career high 14.2 points per game and knocking down 35.7 percent of his three-point attempts. He will help bolster the Wizards bench that was in need of a boost. The 27-year old Bogdanovic will be a restricted free agent this summer.
For the Nets, it was all about acquiring the draft pick. With their pick most likely heading to the Boston Celtics, stockpiling picks is the way to go. While they added some future salary with Nicholson, he is someone that could fit into their style. He has some ability as a stretch power forward despite not showing it at all this season.
Thornton gives the Nets a professional scorer. No matter what team he has played for he has been able to score the basketball. He will be hard pressed to find minutes if the Nets hold onto him because they should be looking to give their younger players extended minutes.
Now, we will wait and see if the Nets make any more moves prior to the deadline Thursday. Two players to keep an eye on are Brook Lopez and Trevor Booker.