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Wizards make several trades official, release statement on Tomas Satoransky

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The moves all indicate that the Wizards will rebuild, though it’s unclear how foundational it will be.

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Tomas Satoransky is now playing for the Chicago Bulls.
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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:

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.