During his time in Washington, Jordan McRae was known for getting buckets and for his great sense of humor. However, nobody was aware of McRae's fortune-telling ability.
When a trade at the deadline sent McRae to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Shabazz Napier, McRae had joked about the possibility in the locker room just moments before he found out.
"I'm in the locker room that day saying, 'Hey man, somebody isn't going to be here at the end of the day,'" McRae told NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. "Then Troy looks at me and says, 'It might be you.'
"Then I say, 'It might be me, I'm including myself.'"
He was right.
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"I practiced that day, it was a good practice," McRae said. "I actually stayed really long that day too. I happened to get treatment, I was talking to Sashi [Brown]."
"Then I was outside the building on the phone and someone else was calling me -- it was Tommy [Shepphard]."
McRae was in the midst of having the best season of his career in Washington. Averaging 12.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists all marked career highs for him and assisted the Wizards in one of the top-scoring offenses in the NBA.
"Denver was nice, it was cool, but it came to a point when the coach and GM said 'hey, this year you're not really going to play,'" McRae said. "At this stage of my career, and the season I'm having, I would just prefer to have a buyout.
"I'm having the best season I've had. I'm not willing to wait, and I'm a free agent."
All jokes aside, the McRae trade was a bit of a surprise due to his production, leadership and locker room presence. McRae, however, took the move in stride.
"I would have never thought I'd be on three teams in one year," McRae said. "But I chose Detroit because they're in a rebuilding phase and it's always good to go to a team that wants you."
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