It’s unclear whether there are protections on the pick to this point. The Wizards aren’t getting anything back in return, but by dumping Meeks off to the Bucks are opening another roster slot bringing their number down to 13. Meeks will be traded into Milwaukee’s traded player exception for Greg Monroe.
Meeks didn’t want to be in Washington anymore. He had fallen out of the rotation and made that clear last season that he wanted out when he demanded a trade. It’s unclear whether Meeks will play soon. He’s in the middle of an appeal of a 25 game suspension after the league announced he violated its anti-drug policy.
Now he gets another fresh start in Milwaukee next to a star in Giannis Antetokounmpo if he can crack the rotation on a team desperate for shooting. For Washington, this move is yet another example of the team having to clean up a mess after dishing out a bad deal. Meeks wasn’t a player in high demand, yet Washington used an exception on him. Instead of being able to immediately cut bait, Washington had to attach a future second round pick to him.
Now, depending on protections, Milwaukee may never see that pick. But that isn’t the point. This isn’t a situation they should’ve been in in the first place. Now they’re paying the price.