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Wizards' history at the NBA trade deadline since 2000: More bad than good

Wizards' history at the NBA trade deadline since 2000: More bad than good

The Washington Wizards have been active participants just about every year at the trade deadline, at least in the last decade. After not making a deadline deal from 2001 to 2010, they have executed at least one in each of the last 10 years. Some have been minor, some have been franchise-altering trades.

This year's deadline is Feb. 6 at 3 p.m. ET. It will be the first for general manager Tommy Sheppard.

Here is a look at their recent trades going all the way back to 2000. The first deal was made by Michael Jordan when he was in the front office. The rest were executed by current team president Ernie Grunfeld. The trade information is from Basketball-Reference.com:

February 7, 2019: Traded Markieff Morris, cash and a 2023 second-round draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for Wesley Johnson

Analysis: This was a salary-dump deal as the Wizards were aiming to get under the luxury tax. So, in that sense it worked out for them. But in terms of basketball value, it was a bad deal in that they had to bite the bullet and sell low on a player who when healthy would have gotten them more. Morris was dealing with a stubborn neck injury and because of that had little appeal on the trade market.

February 6, 2019: Traded Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls for Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis and a 2023 second-round draft pick

Analysis: Though the Wizards also sold low on Porter, they technically did get some value for him in two players worthy of rotation minutes on a lot of teams. But by not keeping either Parker or Portis in free agency, this trade went down in the books as a disaster. Somehow the Wizards turned Porter, a third overall pick who played his way into a max contract, into what amounted to a second-round pick. That is not good business, but the Wizards were trying to hit the reset button and get out of salary cap hell and this helped them do that.

February 8, 2018: Traded Sheldon Mac and cash to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick.

Analysis: This was such a minor deal it doesn't require much evaluation. The Wizards saved some money and cleared a roster spot that was being taken up by a player recovering from a torn Achilles.

February 17, 2017: Traded a 2017 first-round pick (lottery protected), Andrew Nicholson and Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.

Analysis: Bogdanovic gave the Wizards some much-needed bench depth and at times he was a huge help down the stretch of the regular season. In the playoffs, though, he dropped off and wasn't consistent enough to turn their second unit from a weakness into a strength. Bogdanovic was only in Washington for a few months, as he left to sign with the Pacers in free agency. Unfortunately for the Wizards, he has become what should be one of their biggest regrets. He continues to get better and make the decision to let him leave look worse and worse.

February 18, 2016: Traded DeJuan Blair, Kris Humphries and a 2016 first-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns for Markieff Morris. (2016 pick is top-nine protected).

Analysis: Some (myself included) criticized this deal when it went down because the Suns seemed desperate to part with Morris after some off-the-court troubles, and it's never easy to give up a first-round pick. But Morris ended up becoming a solid citizen during his time with the Wizards and even became one of their most important players the following season. Injuries and a lack of athleticism made that peak short-lived, however.

February 19, 2015: Traded Andre Miller to the Sacramento Kings for Ramon Sessions.

Analysis: Miller was good in the short-term, but the Wizards decided to get younger almost exactly a year later. Sessions was a better scorer and ended up spending a full season with them the following year.

February 20, 2014: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Eric Maynor and a 2015 second-round draft pick (Arturas Gudaitis was later selected) to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Washington Wizards traded Jan Vesely to the Denver Nuggets; the Denver Nuggets traded a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Philadelphia 76ers; the Denver Nuggets traded Andre Miller to the Washington Wizards; and the Philadelphia 76ers traded a 2014 second-round draft pick to the Washington Wizards. (2014 pick was protected and not conveyed)

Analysis: This one had a lot going on. Not only did the Wizards part with Jan Vesely, a major bust after being selected sixth overall, they brought in Miller who at 37 still provided an upgrade as a backup point guard. He didn't score much (3.8 ppg), but he ran the offense competently and was a decent distributor (3.5 apg).

February 21, 2013: Traded Jordan Crawford to the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

Analysis: The Wizards felt compelled to trade Crawford and didn't get much in return. Barbosa had recently torn his ACL and ultimately restored his career, but that comeback didn't come in Washington. Barbosa never played a game for the Wizards, but later became a valuable piece for the Warriors and won a title in 2015.

March 15, 2012: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Nick Young to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Washington Wizards traded JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets; the Denver Nuggets traded Nene to the Washington Wizards; and the Los Angeles Clippers traded Brian Cook and a 2015 2nd round draft pick (Arturas Gudaitis was later selected) to the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: This was an important trade for the Wizards. They got rid of Young and McGee and brought in Nene, who added a veteran presence to the locker room and helped lead the Wizards to two playoff appearances.

February 23, 2011: Traded Hilton Armstrong and Kirk Hinrich to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Bibby, Jordan Crawford, Maurice Evans and a 2011 first-round draft pick (Chris Singleton was later selected 18th overall).

Analysis: The trade looked much better when it happened than it does in hindsight. To acquire a first-round pick for what the Wizards gave up was no small feat, it just didn't amount to much in Singleton, who never realized his potential.

February 18, 2010: Traded Dominic McGuire and cash to the Sacramento Kings for a 2010 second-round draft pick. Sacramento did not receive the second-round draft pick because it was top 41 protected.

Analysis: This was a minor trade that saw McGuire leave after a disappointing tenure in Washington. He was a very good defensive player in college, but couldn't make it work in the pros.

February 17, 2010: As part of a three-team trade, the Washington Wizards traded Drew Gooden to the Los Angeles Clippers; the Washington Wizards traded Antawn Jamison to the Cleveland Cavaliers; the Cleveland Cavaliers traded Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Emir Preldzic and a 2010 first-round draft pick (Lazar Hayward was later selected 30th) to the Washington Wizards; the Los Angeles Clippers traded Sebastian Telfair to the Cleveland Cavaliers; and the Los Angeles Clippers traded Al Thornton to the Washington Wizards.

Analysis: In another trade to dismantle the mid-2000s Wizards, they sent Jamison to play with LeBron James in Cleveland. Ilgauskas never played for the Wizards, the first-round pick didn't work out and Thornton was out of the league soon after.

February 22, 2001: Traded Calvin Booth, Obinna Ekezie and Juwan Howard to the Dallas Mavericks for Courtney Alexander, Hubert Davis, Christian Laettner, Etan Thomas, Loy Vaught and cash.

Analysis: Howard was still getting it done at the age of 27 with 18 points and seven rebounds a game for the Wizards, but it wasn't translating into wins, so they traded him to Dallas in an eight-player deal. In return, they got some veterans and some intriguing young players like Alexander and Thomas, but the trade didn't ultimately amount to much. The Mavericks later shipped Howard to Denver in a deal for Nick Van Exel and others that helped them reach the conference finals in 2003.

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After playing zero minutes in bubble, Ian Mahinmi's Wizards career is effectively over

After playing zero minutes in bubble, Ian Mahinmi's Wizards career is effectively over

Four years after he signed a $64 million contract to join the Wizards in free agency, Ian Mahinmi's career in Washington is effectively over.

Mahinmi has yet to log a single minute in the bubble during the NBA's restart and head coach Scott Brooks does not expect that to change in the Wizards' season finale on Thursday against the Boston Celtics (12 p.m. on NBC Sports Washington).

"I’m just going to keep giving them to the younger guys. Ian and I have a great relationship. We’ve talked [about it]. We spoke today," Brooks said. 

If that holds, it would mark the end of the most infamous contract in franchise history. Mahinmi, now 33, joined the Wizards in the summer of 2016 when the salary cap spiked. It led to a lot of players getting way more money than they would have in other years and Mahinmi became a symbol of it all in Washington.

The Wizards signed him away from the Pacers, hoping he would solve their longstanding problems protecting the rim. He didn't do that, in part because of injuries. Mahinmi's Wizards career got off to an ominous start with a knee injury in his first preseason with the team.

As Mahinmi struggled, he became an eyesore in the Wizards' salary cap. His contract prevented them from making other moves and there is no telling just how many domino effects it produced.


Mahinmi never found a consistent role in the rotation and is now set to walk away from the franchise and possibly the NBA altogether. At his age and with the way the big man position is evolving, there is no certainty he will get another contract.

So, the time in Orlando could very well be the last hurrah for Mahinmi.

"I appreciate him coming down here and being committed to the group. Everybody had a choice and it was tough to leave their families," Brooks said.

As Mahinmi is expected to leave, the Wizards will go into an offseason with a familiar goal. Now four years later, they are still looking for a reliable shot-blocker.

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How to watch: Wizards vs. Celtics

How to watch: Wizards vs. Celtics

The Wizards have played 10 games in the Orlando bubble so far, three exhibition contests and seven seeding games. Washington has yet to emerge victorious in one.

Officially eliminated from the playoffs, Washington looks to end their bubble experience on a high note when they face the Boston Celtics on Thursday. Coverage begins at 11 a.m. on NBC Sports Washington.

Here's everything you need to know...


What: Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics
Where: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Orlando, Fla.  
When: Thursday, Aug. 13, 12:00 p.m. ET
TV Channel: Wizards vs. Celtics will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington (NBC Sports Channel Finder)
Live Stream: You can live stream Wizards vs. Celtics on NBC Sports Washington's live stream page, the MyTeams app and on the NBC Sports App.


11:00 AM: Wizards Pregame Live (LIVE) 

12:00 PM: Boston Celtics @ Wizards (LIVE)

2:30 PM: Wizards Postgame Live (LIVE)


Now that the Wizards have officially been eliminated from the playoff race, their remaining goal in Orlando is to come away with a win. They have one final chance to do so on Thursday against Boston before they head into the offseason.

With both John Wall and Bradley Beal not in Orlando, the Wizards have used their time in the bubble to experiment with the roles of other players. With a need for playmakers on offense, head coach Scott Brooks has given Troy Brown Jr. minutes at the point guard position. Thus far, the results have come back positive. If Brown continues to show improvement at the position, he could see plenty of time there next season as Wall's backup.

The absence of Beal and Davis Bertans in Orlando means opponents have changed their scouting reports to focus in on stopping rookie Rui Hachimura. Thus far, Hachimura has struggled in Orlando. With one final game in his rookie season, Hachimura certainly wants to end his up-and-down campaign on a positive note.



Troy Brown Jr. (10.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.6 apg): Washington experimenting with Brown at the point guard position has been one of the more notable storylines for the team in Orlando. Washington has desperately needed a solid reserve guard for years, and Brown is proving he can be that guy. In this matchup, he'll have a tough matchup against Celtics All-Star guard Kemba Walker.

Jayson Tatum (23.4 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.0 apg): One of the league's brightest young stars, Tatum is coming off back-to-back 29-point outings entering Thursday's contest. With Boston locked into the No. 3 seed in the East, it'll be interesting to see how much Brad Stevens plays his starters, including Tatum, against Washington.

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