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    Wizards add scoring punch to bench with acquisition of Bojan Bogdanovic in trade with Nets 

    Feb 23, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards added scoring punch to their bench Wednesday, acquiring swingman Bojan Bogdanovic in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

    Washington will also get forward Chris McCullough in the deal and send a lottery-protected 2017 first-round pick, Marcus Thornton and Andrew Nicholson to Brooklyn, a person familiar with the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.

    Bogdanovic, 27, is averaging a career-high 14.2 points a game as a starter for the struggling Nets. He will add depth to the Wizards, who are in third place in the Eastern Conference.

    With the addition of Bogdanovic, a pending restricted free agent, Washington continues its push to challenge the NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors in the East. The Wizards have won nine of their past 10 games and surged up the standings after a slow start under new coach Scott Brooks.

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    It's the second consecutive season the Wizards traded their first-round pick at the deadline after acquiring power forward Markieff Morris from the Phoenix Suns in 2016. Morris is a starter along with All-Star John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Marcin Gortat, while Bogdanovic is expected to be their sixth man.

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    Bogdanovic is shooting 44 percent this season, including 37 percent from 3-point range. The 2011 second-round pick led the Nets with 99 3-pointers and was second on the team in scoring.

    The 6-foot-8 Bogdanovic was the leading scorer in the Olympics, averaging 25.3 points to lead Croatia to a surprising berth in the quarterfinals as the top seed from its group.

    The deal gives the Nets a second pick in the first round, though they will lose their shot at what could be the No. 1 overall selection since they gave the Boston Celtics the right to swap picks this year in the deal for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. The Nets will get the Celtics' pick.

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    McCullough has spent most of the season in the NBA Development League. The 6-foot-9 forward was the Nets' first-round pick in 2015 but was delayed in starting his career as he recovered from knee surgery in his lone season at Syracuse.

    The deal was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

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