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

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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. 

 

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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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