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Sources – Wizards trade forward Deni Avdija to Trail Blazers

NEW YORK — The Washington Wizards have traded Deni Avdija to the Portland Trail Blazers for Malcolm Brogdon, the 14th pick in the 2024 NBA draft, a 2029 first-round pick and future second-round picks, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Wizards will get Portland’s second-most favorable first-round pick of the three they control — its own, plus those of the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks — in the 2029 draft, sources said.

Avdija, the ninth overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, is set to enter a four-year, $55 million extension he signed last fall with the Wizards. He gives Portland a two-way wing to pair with its trio of young guards — Anfernee Simons, Scoot Henderson and Shaedon Sharpe — moving forward, as well as the one the Trail Blazers will take with the seventh pick in Wednesday night’s draft.

Avdija, 23, had a breakout year last season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists for Washington while shooting 50.6 percent overall and 37.6 % at 3 points. He garnered votes for last season’s Most Improved Player award, finishing sixth in the voting.

Brogdon, 31, averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 assists last season for Portland, where he played after being sent to the Blazers from the Boston Celtics in the Jrue Holiday trade on the eve of training camp last fall. Brogdon, who was the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year in 2023, is now on his fourth team in four seasons and has an expiring $22.5 million contract.

He could be a candidate that would be put forward again by Washington as the country continues its rebuilding process under the leadership of Michael Winger and Will Dawkins. Washington also has the No. 2 pick in Wednesday’s NBA draft.

By making this deal, Portland also saves several million dollars on its luxury tax bill for next season, something the rebuilding Blazers needed to do to dodge the tax — something they are now within reach of doing.

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