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Wizards trade Daniel Gafford to the Mavericks for Richaun Holmes and a first round pick according to report

The Wizards’ starting center is likely headed to Dallas.

Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

The Washington Wizards will acquire Richaun Holmes and draft compensation from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Daniel Gafford. The news was initially reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Ava Wallace of The Washington Post later reported that the Wizards will receive a first round pick from Dallas, which will be the higher pick that was originally the Oklahoma City Thunder’s or Los Angeles Clippers’.

Holmes, a 6’9 forward, is averaging 3.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game this season for Dallas. The biggest asset in this trade would be whatever draft picks come in from Dallas, or perhaps a third team.

Nothing is verified yet but it appears as if it will be Oklahoma City's second-least favorable first-round pick in the 2024 NBA Draft, per Marc Stein. The Thunder currently hold the Rockets first, Utah's first, and the Clippers' first. That Utah pick is currently projected as the second-least favorable and is looking like a lottery pick.

Gafford is averaging 10.9 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 45 games this season.

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