Report: Wizards trading Deni Avdija to Trail Blazers for Malcolm Brogdon, No. 14 pick used to select Bub Carrington

Deni Avdija, 23, joins a young Portland Trail Blazers core after being traded from the Washington Wizards. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

The Washington Wizards traded forward Deni Avdija to the Portland Trail Blazers for guard Malcolm Brogdon, the No. 14 pick in Wednesday’s draft, a 2029 first-round pick and two second-round picks, ESPN’s Wojnarowski reports.

The Trail Blazers used that No. 14 pick to select Pittsburgh guard Bub Carrington, who will join the Wizards via the trade. A 6-5 scoring guard, Carrington averaged 13.2 points per game and was named to the ACC All-freshman team last season.

Avdija is coming off his fourth NBA season since the Wizards selected him with the ninth pick of the 2020 draft. He started 75 games last season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 50.6% from the field and 37.4% from 3-point distance. The numbers were all career highs in his first season as a full-time starter, and he earned votes for Most Improved Player of the Year.

A 23-year-old wing, Avdija joins a young core in Portland featuring 20-year-old point guard Scoot Henderson, 21-year-old guard Shaedon Sharpe, 25-year-old guard Anfernee Simons and 25-year-old center Deandre Ayton. The Trail Blazers also added UConn center Donovan Clingan with the No. 7 pick in Wednesday’s draft.

Brogdon, 31, averaged 15.7 points, 5.5 assists and 3.8 rebounds in an injury-limited single season in Portland after arriving via trade from the Boston Celtics. A player more suited to contribute to a contender, it’s not clear where he fits into the plans for a Wizards team that finished 15-67 last season and doesn’t project to compete for the playoffs next season as constructed.

Carrington and the future picks help Wizards as they build for the long-term. Washington selected 7-1 French center Alex Starr with the No. 2 pick Wednesday night. It also traded up from No. 26 to No. 24 with the New York Knicks to select Kyshawn George, a 20-year-old 6-8 wing who shot 41% from 3 as a freshman with Miami.

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