By now, you probably have some idea of what Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough can bring to the table for the Wizards. But nothing beats the perspective of someone who has been able to follow their highs and lows in Brooklyn. So for that, we talked to Bryan Fonseca of NetsDaily about Washington’s new players and what Wizards fans can expect in the future from them.
Wizards fans have a general sense of what Bojan Bogdanovic brings to the table: Proficient scorer, can play multiple positions, maybe not ever going to win Defensive Player of the Year. But what are some other things Wizards fans should know about their new acquisition?
One of Bojan's most admirable qualities is that he isn't afraid of the big moment. Offensively, his confidence is through the roof, and provided some big-time shooting for the Nets during his time in Brooklyn, in key moments. Dude has balls, straight up, which Wall and crew will grow to appreciate, in my opinion.
What do you think Bogdanovic's market will be like this summer and how much do you think Brooklyn would have been willing to offer he was still on the Nets?
I'm not sure what the Nets were willing to offer, I'm not even positive Marks definitively knew yet. I don't think he gets a max contract, but I did have the feeling that the Nets had a number, and another team would pass it. Even with a ton of cap space, I didn't think they'd blow a great chunk keeping Bojan around. I could see him getting $12-$15 million per year, and possibly more because of the inflated market.
So what's the deal with Chris McCullough? All of his highlights look great, but it's concerning to see that he was spending a lot of time with the D-League squad and the team appears to be giving up on him so quickly. Do you think he has a future in the NBA?
You know, it's funny...I actually did this piece on Chris McCullough back in January while he was tearing up the D-League.
His time in the D-League was significant because he hadn't had those minutes in game action since college. He tore his ACL on January 11, 2015, and I sat with him two years after to the exact day. He played sporadic NBA minutes after coming back one year later. He needed the D-League to get live basketball experience and consistent minutes for the first time in close to two years.
He can still be something in the NBA. He's 22 years old, and he's had the D-League experience. I can see him being a regular contributor next season.
As he told me in the piece, he's heavily influenced by stretch fours, like Chris Bosh, Sheed, and KG. Wall could have a field day with that kind of shooting big, if he develops.
Just be honest: Are the Nets going to offer Otto Porter a max deal? If so, a little heads-up would be nice.
Haaa! I don't know, but I'd lean toward a yes. I feel like they won't be alone in the Ottomatic sweepstakes either. Dude is a sniper.
How are Nets fans feeling about the trade in general?
From what I can gauge, Nets fans like getting the pick. They could have four picks overall if Indiana keeps losing (their second round pick goes to Brooklyn if it lands in the 31-44 range this season). Brooklyn fans like Bojan, but wanted the pick for him. I get the sense that some were ready to move on from McCullough, and others wanted to see the process play out. Overall, they like it - and for me, I think it works for both sides.