With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching teams are rushing to pursue players on the “trading block”.
One of the NBA’s most prominent big men and former 1st overall pick, Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut, appears to have been put on the trading block. According to ESPN’s Mark Stein, the Washington Wizards are one of the teams which express the most interest in acquiring Bogut by Thursday’s deadline.
Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee has been caught in the middle of many trade rumors thus far, and swapping centers would make most sense for both teams.
Bogut brings a style of offense McGee has not yet established. A solid low post game and the ability to hit open mid range jump shots has put Andrew Bogut in the upper echelon of NBA centers.
In order for the Wizards to pull of this trade more players will inevitably be included to accommodate the salary structure. Sending over Andray Blatche — who has expressed interest in a change of scenery — along with JaVale McGee would be a move the Wizards would probably make.
However, trading for Andrew Bogut doesn’t come without risk. Despite becoming a very good player in the league, Bogut has had problems staying healthy. So far this season Andrew Bogut has only played in twelve games because of a fractured left ankle.
Trading away a talent like JaVale McGee would show that the Wizards have finally acknowledged the need to rid themselves of players who helped form the losing culture in Washington D.C. Trading McGee to Milwaukee would also mean getting rid of a player who has had his best statistical season to date.
But will this trade happen? Probably not — especially from the Bucks’ point of view.
But dealing with the Washington Wizards almost always brings unexpected news.