Washington traded Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton, and a 2017 first round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough on Wednesday afternoon.
After a rocky start to the season, Washington has bounced back to climb just two and a half games behind Boston and the second spot in the Conference. The play of John Wall, Bradley Beal, and the rest of the starters have purpled to elite status. With the traction Washington has gained since the start of the calendar year, their bench has not been a bright spot.
Washington is ranked in the bottom of the league in both bench scoring and defense. While Kelly Oubre has had flashes of potential this season, the rest of the bench has not been able to get on track. The Wizards are getting a solid three point shooter that can also put his head down and get to the rim in Bogdanovic.
Bogdanovic currently averages 14.2 point per game on 44 precent from the field. No one on Washington averages more than seven.
Chris McCullogh is a long, lanky forward that can help on the defensive end of the floor. He is more of a low risk, high reward player that could really help Washington if he continues to develop. but not really hurt them. He’s a very talented player, but is still relatively raw. The hope is that Brooks and his staff can accelerate and further his development so that he becomes a reliable piece for them down the line.
All in all, Washington made the right move making this trade. After striking out with Lou Williams, Washington not only got a solid scorer, but they had enough cap room to look for another piece that could add to their lethal team.