NBA Rumors: Lou Williams and Bojan Bogdanovic heading to Washington Wizards for first-round picks

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PHOTOGRAPH: Keith Allison/Flickr | Lou Williams

The Washington Wizards headed into the All-Star break as the No. 3 team in the Eastern Conference. As the February 23 trade deadline draws near, the Wizards are reportedly eyeing to acquire Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Lakers and Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets.

Earlier this season, the Wizards struggled and were projected to suffer a disappointing 2016-17 NBA season. The dispute between John Wall and Bradley Beal worsened the situation and there were speculations that the Wizards would trade one of their stars. Luckily, the Wizards managed to bounce back and become a strong contender in the East this season.

The Wizards remain active on the trade market until now. However, it doesn’t involve either Wall or Beal. They plan to improve their roster, especially their second unit. Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, and Marcin Gortat are currently doing good so far, averaging at least 11.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. However, their second unit proved to be a major problem as they rank 29th in bench scoring.

Lou Williams, Bojan Bogdanovic leading the Wizards’ second unit

Few days before the trade deadline, the Wizards are reportedly seeking for available players who could boost their second unit. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Washington expressed interest in acquiring Lou Williams and Bojan Bogdanovic.

“[The Wizards] feel like if there’s a wing player that they can get out on the trade market — Lou Williams with the Lakers, they have interest in, Bojan Bogdanovic with the Nets,” Wojnarowski said (H/T CBS Sports). “Washington has shown an inclination to give up a future draft pick, a first-round pick, potentially even in this draft, to get a veteran who may even turn out to be a rental for them.”

Lou Williams will undeniably be big a big help in the Wizards’ second unit. He’s currently the scoring leader of the Lakers despite coming off the bench. In 58 games this season, Williams is averaging 18.6 points, and 3.2 assists on 44.4 percent from the field and 38.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Meanwhile, Bojan Bogdanovic has been a starter for the Nets this season. In 55 games, he has averaged 14.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. Brooklyn is currently the worst team in the league and are projected to become a lottery team once again. Unfortunately, they lost most of their first-round picks after a blockbuster deal with the Boston Celtics.

Though they want to immediately return to contention, the Nets don’t have enough assets to speed up the rebuilding process. If the Wizards are serious about acquiring Williams and Bogdanovic, they should consider offering future draft picks to the Lakers and the Nets.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Flickr

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