The Washington Wizards are in the market for a wing player this trade deadline and one potential target is Bojan Bogdanovic, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.
In a pre-deadline discussion with Chris Mannix, Wojnarowski mentions the Croation as a sturdy scorer off the bench that could bolster the Wizards’ weak second unit — and, even better, they may be willing to part with a 2017 first rounder to get it done.
“Washington feels it’s a top heavy team, they rely a lot on their starters [. . .] they need to improve their bench [. . . ] Lou Williams with the Lakers they have interest in, Bojan Bogdanovic with the Nets.
Washington has shown the inclination to give up a future draft pick, potentially even in this draft, to get a veteran who may turn out to be a rental for them. They see an opportunity here, this team has played really well. “
If the season ended today, the Wizards would take home the 24th pick in the draft, two slots better than the Nets’ swap with the Boston Celtics. As for center Brook Lopez, the Nets’ high-ticket item, Wojnarowski cools the coals there a bit — he explains:
“There just aren’t a lot of teams out there looking for a traditional back-to-the-basket center. All of those [selling] teams are seeing a pretty limited market for those big men.
I don’t see all those teams who want to get off their centers are going to see enough buyers out there to make deals.”
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, February 23rd at 3 PM EST.