Full details of Daniel Gafford trade have been finalized after latest draft pick

The Wizards completed the Daniel Gafford trade on June 26.
Washington Wizards, Daniel Gafford
Washington Wizards, Daniel Gafford / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards are finally undertaking a total rebuild. They have not made the playoffs since 2021, but the franchise just finished their first season since dumping Bradley Beal and starting over. Washington has a ton of work to do, but there have already been positive steps.

The Wizards made another one before the draft even kicked off by trading Deni Avdija for Malcolm Brogdon, the 14th overall pick, a future first-round selection, and two second-rounders, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. Washington needs young talent and should look for players with untapped potential. Most of those are found via the draft.

They traded Daniel Gafford to the Mavericks before the deadline and picked up another first-round pick. That deal was completed with the 26th overall selection on June 26.

Wizards trade up in 1st round as they complete Daniel Gafford trade with Mavericks

The two teams swapped centers with Washington getting a first-round draft pick via the Thunder. Dallas is ecstatic with the deal as Gafford helped them reach the NBA Finals for just the third time in franchise history and first since 2011. Here are the final details of the move.

Wizards receive

Richaun Holmes

Dillon Jones (Traded to Thunder)

Mavericks receive

Daniel Gafford

The Wizards did not get Jones. They traded the 26th pick and 51st selection in the 2024 NBA Draft to move up to 24. Washington took Kyshawn George at 24. The 6'8 wing has tons of potential and should help the rebuild in the nation's capital.

New York traded the 26th pick, which turned into Jones to the Oklahoma City Thunder for five second-round selections.

Holmes played 18.7 minutes per game as a backup big man after arriving in Washington. He has a $12.8 million player option for the 2024-25 season that he is expected to pick up. The Wizards could trade his expiring contract or use him off the bench next season.

Washington hopes George becomes a key piece of their next contending team. The Wizards made three first-round picks on June 26 and wisely took advantage of other teams avoiding this draft. They have minutes and roster spots available to develop talent. Washington should keep loading up until they find their superstar.

The Washington Wizards are far from done. Do not be surprised to see them involved in multiple trades this offseason. They are rebuilding and willing to take on unwanted salaries for draft capital. The Wiz are in no rush to contend, and fans can expect them to pick near the top of the draft until they find their star. Maybe it will be Alex Sarr, Bub Carrington, or George from this class.

The Daniel Gafford trade is in the books, but Michael Winger and his front office are just getting started in the nation’s capital. Be ready for more moves.