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Wizards trade first-round pick for Nets swingman

Wizards trade first-round pick for Nets swingman

The Wizards pulled off a multi-player deal with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday afternoon to bolster their bench by acquiring two players, most notably small forward Bojan Bogdanovic. They also brought in Chris McCullough, a 2015 first-round selection.

Here are the details from Wizards Insider J. Michael:

The Wizards had to part with a first round pick and two veterans, but appear to have improved their bench scoring which should help down the stretch of the regular season and beyond. Bogdanovic, 27, is averaging 14.2 points per game on 44 percent shooting.

In parting with Andrew Nicholson, the Wizards rid themselves of a player who was not earning minutes after signing a four-year contract in the offseason. Marcus Thornton was also out of the Wizards' rotation and set to hit free agency this summer.

Bogdanovic is a free agent following this season, so he amounts to a rental. In McCullough they add a 21-year-old prospect who could pay dividends down the road.

McCullough, who played at Syracuse, is under contract through 2018-19. He is averaging 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.1 minutes per game this season. McCullough missed most of his rookie season following an ACL tear during his freshman year in college.

The draft pick the Wizards gave up is lottery protected, though it's unlikly that will kick in given they are third in the East right now and appear playoff-bound.

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Bradley Beal becomes 5th Wizard to reach 10,000-point milestone

Bradley Beal becomes 5th Wizard to reach 10,000-point milestone

Bradley Beal joined an exclusive group Sunday night. 

His 34 points were enough to reach the 10,000-point milestone, climbing up to fifth in the all-time franchise scoring ladder in the process. 

He scored his 19th point in the fourth quarter, scoring 15 points in that frame alone. He hit some smoothly-stroked 3-pointers in a comeback attempt that came short. After scoring 44 points in two straight contests, his 34 against Orlando came as no surprise. Now, only Elvin Hayes, Jeff Malone, Wes Unseld and John Wall have scored more points for Washington.

Beal's accomplishment comes one game after he passed Wall and Gilbert Arenas for the most 40-point and 10-assist outings in Wizards history with three. He fell two assists and six points shy of extending that record even further. 

Beal joins Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis from the 2012 NBA Draft class as players to reach the historic feat. He's taken the scoring load on his shoulders this season, and it wouldn't be shocking if he continues to climb the scoring charts. Given his long-term commitment to the team following his two-year max contract extension in the offseason, Beal certainly has a chance at scoring more points than any Wizard when all is said and done. 

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Magic guard Markelle Fultz has career night against hometown Wizards

Magic guard Markelle Fultz has career night against hometown Wizards

Markelle Fultz had a chance to take on his hometown Washington Wizards on Sunday night, and he sure took advantage of it.

The Orlando Magic point guard led the way in a 125-121 win for the Magic with 19 points on 8-10 shooting. He started the game off by hitting his first two three-pointers.

Fultz grew up as a Wizards fan in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C. He attended Dematha Catholic High School, where he played for the powerhouse basketball program.

Fultz is also very close to Isaiah Thomas, who has served as a mentor during Fultz's basketball career. Both of the point guards played their college careers at the University of Washington.

With a chance to play against his childhood team and basketball mentor, Fultz played a lot like the player who was drafted first overall in 2017. Various injuries stifled the first two years of his career, but did not seem to be an issue in Sunday's career performance.

There were no limits to Fultz's athleticism on Sunday night, with a powerful, game-clinching dunk proving his health. Shooting problems plagued Fultz early on in his career, but his smooth shooting against the Wizards helped him look like a complete player.

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