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5 things to know about the other guy in the Wizards' Bogdanovic trade, Chris McCullough

5 things to know about the other guy in the Wizards' Bogdanovic trade, Chris McCullough

The Wizards made a trade deadline move on Wednesday, as reported by CSN's J. Michael, by sending Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a lottery-protected first-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets for guard Bojan Bogdanovic and one other player -- forward Chris McCullough. 

While Bogdanovic will likely be an immediate contributor to the bench rotation, McCullough may be a longer-term play. Here are five things to know about the New York City native. 

1) McCullough played one season at Syracuse and left for the NBA after tearing his ACL

McCullough played in 16 games as a freshman at Syracuse in 2014-15 before a torn ACL ended his season. At the time, he was averaging 9.3 points and 6.9 rebounds per game after coming to the Orange as the No. 19 overall player in the high school class of 2014.

2) McCullough is a 22-year-old, 6-9 power forward who has stretch potential down the line

The Nets rolled the dice on McCullough's potential by taking a player coming off a torn ACL with the 29th overall pick in the 2015 draft. He came into the league wiry thin, but has added muscle in his two years in the D-League and NBA.

3) He played in 24 games with the Nets in 2015-16

McCullough started four of those 24 games as a rookie last season for Brooklyn. He averaged 4.7 points and 2.8 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game. Interestingly enough, he played well against Washington. In two games, he averaged 11 points, four rebounds and three steals per contest. 


4) He has played 31 games in the D-League this year and is tearing it up

During the 2016-17 season with the Long Island Nets, he has averaged 18.1 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Perhaps more importantly, he shot nearly 35 percent from three-point range which could be an indication down the line that he could be a versatile, multi-dimensional stretch forward. 

With John Wall as the engine of the offense, the more players who can capitalize on his ability to collapse the defense off the dribble, the better.

5) The contract situation

With his high ceiling, McCullough is on a cheap rookie deal that is even cheaper in context considering the fact that incoming rookies will get a raise with the new CBA. His contract was guaranteed for his first and second year, with team options in the third and fourth year

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

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Scott Brooks, Ramon Sessions hoping for best with Tyronn Lue's health issues

As a fellow NBA head coach, Scott Brooks understands what Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers is going through. As his former teammate, Ramon Sessions knows how tough Lue is.

Both members of the Wizards shared their reactions after Monday's practice to the news Lue is stepping away from the Cavs to deal with a health issue. Both expressed hope Lue will not be out long as the NBA continues its trek towards the playoffs.

"All of our thoughts are with him," Brooks said. "You hope that it's nothing serious. Health is the most important [thing]. The game is secondary."


"Prayers out to T-Lue," said Sessions, who played with Lue in Milwaukee. "It's one of those things where you've gotta take care of yourself at the end of the day. Him stepping away is the best thing."

Lue's illness has been a mystery to doctors, according to a statement he released on the Cavaliers' website. He has dealt with chest pains and other symptoms while also struggling to sleep. The hope is that having time off will allow him to get the rest he needs.


Brooks knows firsthand how difficult it is to get sleep during the regular season as a coach.

"You just have to figure out ways to get your rest. Some days are better than others. Sometimes you think after a good win you can have a good night's rest or sometimes it's the opposite. It's just hard to get rest. You're traveling in different timezones. You are emotional after games. You eat late. There are a lot of factors that go into it. We don't have a set schedule every night. I have a good staff and I rely on them," he said.

Lue, 40, will be replaced by associate head coach Larry Drew in the interim. The Cavs happen to be in a tight playoff race with the Wizards and other teams in the Eastern Conference battling for position.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Phil Chenier tells stories ahead of his jersey retirement

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, host Chase Hughes was joined by Bullets/Wizards legend Phil Chenier ahead of his jersey retirement set for this upcoming weekend on March 23.

Chenier looked back on his playing and broadcasting career and told great stories. He also shared some memories of the 1978 championship as the franchise gets ready to honor its 40th anniversary.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!