The All-Star break is now over, and it’s time to finish the regular season strong. The Wizards are third in the Eastern Conference and are in position to do even better. That said, the last third of this season will be road heavy, and the Wizards still haven’t played some of the NBA’s top Western Conference teams yet, like the Golden State Warriors.
Anyway, let’s get to this week’s top stories:
The Wizards return from All-Star Break acquire Bojan Bogdanovic to bolster the bench
The NBA trade deadline ended on Thursday afternoon. Here’s what went down:
- The Wizards acquired Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough in exchange for Andrew Nicholson, Marcus Thornton, and the 2017 1st round pick. Washington was interest in Bogdanovic for some time, though they were also interested in other players like Lou Williams (who was traded from the Lakers to the Rockets) and Shabazz Muhammad (who wasn’t traded).
- In our latest podcast, Jake Whitacre and Alan Jenkins talked about the Bogdanovic trade and where the Wizards will end up when the playoffs start.
- Here’s our team’s analysis on the Bogdanovic acquisition in a BF-wide roundtable.
- Here’s some analysis on McCullough, and the trade exception Washington acquired.
- The Wizards still have some unresolved or unfinished business. They were trying to trade Trey Burke in exchange for a 2nd round pick, but found no suitors. We’ll see if Burke remains on the team after the move.
- One of the big “shockers” or news makers this last week was that Kings cousins DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the Pelicans right after the All-Star Game ended. I never thought he had much of a chance being on the Wizards, but it certainly impacted how the Wizards would approach their trade deadline strategy.
- Also, Sheldon McClellan is now Sheldon Mac. Candace Buckner of The Washington Post asks the man himself why he made the name change.
- Finally, the Wizards lost to the 76ers, 120-112 on Friday in their first game back from the All-Star Break. Ugh. The Wizards host the Jazz this Sunday.
John Wall enjoyed his All-Star weekend
John Wall scored 12 points in the All-Star Game last Sunday. He didn’t win the Skills Challenge, but still had a busy start, just hours after the Wizards beat the Pacers. You can check out more features in our StoryStream here.
Mystics continue to build by committing to their young pieces
The Wizards have traded two consecutive first round picks to improve their roster. The Mystics, however, continue to commit around the young players they brought in over the last four years. Tianna Hawkins signed with the team earlier this week.
And that’s it!
There wasn’t too much in variety on the story front last week, though the main stories, like John Wall’s All-Star Weekend and the Bogdanovic trade.
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