CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.
Christian Wood, PF, UNLV
6'11" | 216 lbs. | 19 years old
15.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.8 3-pointers, 32.9 minutes
They said it:
"I think he's going to translate well. He's definitely a very talented player. For him to be that big and can shoot like that and dribble like that and athletic, I think he's going to be real good at the next level." -- UNLV teammate and potential 2015 first-round pick Rashad Vaughn.
CSNwashington 5.0 mock draft selection:
30 - Golden State. The Warriors' are in anger of losing some of their frontcourt depth over the next two years. Wood's open court game works with Golden State's up-tempo style.
Fit for the Wizards:
Beyond adding a stretch-4 or a backup center, Washington needs more athleticism up front. The versatile Wood has plenty. The 3-point shot (27.9%) is a work in progress, but not without hope. Needs to add bulk, but a 7-foot-3 wingspan can help cover up weaknesses. Among those weaknesses, poor fundamentals on defense. Between this contending team looking for immediate help and Coach Randy Wittman's disdain for lacking defenders, Wood seems like a long shot at 19. That is unless the front office falls in love with his potential and thinks he only scratched the surface during two years in Las Vegas. There could be opportunity for grooming if Washington keeps Drew Gooden - and to some degree, Paul Pierce - and adds a backup center if Kevin Seraphin leaves during free agency.
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A person with knowledge of the decision says the Memphis Grizzlies have traded veteran point guard Mike Conley, who has played the most games in franchise history, to the Utah Jazz.
The person says the Grizzlies swapped Conley for Jae Crowder, Kyle Korver and Grayson Allen. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because neither Memphis nor Utah has announced the trade.
ESPN.com first reported the deal, which it says also includes Utah's No. 23 pick overall in Thursday night's draft.
Conley was the final piece of the core that led the Grizzlies to seven consecutive playoff berths, including the 2013 Western Conference Finals. Zach Randolph and Tony Allen left in 2017 as free agents, and Memphis traded Marc Gasol to Toronto in February, splitting up a duo that had been the NBA's longest-tenured teammates. Gasol went on to help the Raptors win their first NBA title.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has since confirmed that Memphis will also be receiving a 2020 protected first-round pick, which will either convey as a late-lottery pick in 2020 and 2021 or become a lightly-protected pick from 2022-2024.
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