On Thursday, the Washington Wizards officially announced that they acquired Cassius Winston, the No. 53 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft from the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as a second round pick of the 2024 NBA Draft that was originally held by the Memphis Grizzlies. In return, the Wizards traded Vit Krejci, the No. 37 pick of the 2020 NBA Draft and sophomore forward Admiral Schofield.
We knew the basic terms of the deal last night during the draft, but weren’t aware that Schofield would also be going to the Thunder. In his lone season with the Wizards, He averaged 3.0 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in 33 appearances in the 2019-20 NBA season.
Ultimately, this trade doesn’t change the Wizards’ situation too much. Schofield was an end-of-the-bench reserve last season, and would probably play even less next season. That’s because Rui Hachimura will likely play more, while Moritz Wagner would still play significant minutes as well as rookie forward Deni Avdija. The trade also does show a change in the Wizards’ philosophy toward second round picks in the Tommy Sheppard Era. He is willing to acquire more of them as a low risk investment for their future than the previous basketball operations regime.