The Wizards made a last-minute deal to swap picks with the Atlanta Hawks and land Kelly Oubre, who was taken 15th by the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA draft. The Wizards, a team official confirmed Thursday night, picked Jerian Grant at No. 19 for the Hawks and will give up two second-round picks (2016 and 2019) in the deal.
The Hawks eliminated the Wizards in six games of the Eastern Conference semifinals. A person with knowledge of the situation told CSNwashington.com that Oubre's athleticism was simply too good to pass up.
College: Kansas. Year: Freshman. Age: 19.
Vitals: 6-7, 203. 7-2 wingspan. Position: Small forward.
Stats: 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 44.4% FG.
The fit: The Wizards have a lot of holes with several players coming off the books, but with the likelihood of Paul Pierce opting out of his deal they went with a player at the three spot. Oubre is about potential. He didn't have a great season and only averaged 21 minutes per game as the Jayhawks had a disappointing season. Oubre is expected to guard multiple positions in the backcourt, a must in today's NBA where perimeter play dominates. Otto Porter is projected as the starter if Pierce leaves so Oubre can immediately get time on the court.
Next step: The Wizards are likely to make him available at Verizon Center on Friday. Oubre will get his first real action in mini-camp before the Wizards leave for Las Vegas summer league which is July 10-20 on the campus of UNLV.
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