The Wizards officially announced several trades since last Friday. But the most significant announcement was on Sunday when they acquired a 2020 second round pick from the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Tomas Satoransky on Sunday.
In an official news release, Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations Tommy Sheppard wrote the following:
We wish Tomas and his family the very best as he starts a new chapter in his career. He worked very hard with our coaching and development staff worked over his entire time with the Wizards and it showed with the improvement in his overall game. The picks acquired allow us to continue to build for the future.
The announcement from Sheppard is quite telling. Considering that Trevor Ariza, Bobby Portis and Dwight Howard are now playing for other teams, it is an indication that the Wizards are looking to rebuild as opposed to making short playoff runs with a low seed.
The Wizards also officially announced trades that were reported earlier:
- Moritz Wagner, Issac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a 2022 second round pick were officially traded from the Lakers on Friday. Sheppard called the deal an “ideal situation” because Washington did not give up any players in return for them. This is the same deal that sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers from the Pelicans.
- The C.J. Miles trade for Dwight Howard was official last Saturday. Sheppard gave a rather vanilla response but trading away Howard allows sophomore center Thomas Bryant to shine more.
- The Wizards actually traded away Aaron White’s draft rights to the Nets in the official Davis Bertans acquisition. The Spurs acquired DeMarre Carroll from the Nets in that acquisition.
Overall, the Wizards haven’t made ground-shattering moves to change their foundation. But Sheppard has made many smaller but significant moves that differ from Ernie Grunfeld’s approach as he looks to shape the team into his own vision.