The Washington Wizards, who missed out on signing four-time All-Star Al Horford on Saturday, made multiple moves Sunday to improve their depth.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Washington acquired Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick. The news came shortly after Wojnarowski reported the team had agreed to a four-year, $26 million deal with former Orlando Magic forward Andrew Nicholson.
Nicholson, who averaged 6.9 points and 3.6 rebounds per game last season, was the team’s second free agent pickup in as many days. The 6-foot-9 Canadian reserve played collegiately at St. Bonaventure and was the 19th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Truly blessed and honored to be part of the wizards organization! Thank you for this opportunity can't wait to be in uniform!
— Andrew Nicholson (@nicholaf44) July 3, 2016
Nicholson adds size and depth to the Wizards’ depleted roster. On Saturday, the team agreed to a four-year, $64 million deal with 6-foot-11 center Ian Mahinmi, who started 71 games for the Indiana Pacers last season.
Burke, who was named The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year for the 2012-2013 season as a sophomore, will provide a solid backup to John Wall. Burke, the ninth overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, is still just 23 and, after averaging 12.8 points per game in 111 starts over his first two seasons, managed to average 10.6 points in 64 games with no starts during the 2015-2016 campaign.
It was also reported Sunday that the Wizards have spoken to 36-year-old reserve guard Jamal Crawford, who has won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award three times. Crawford averaged 14.2 points per game in 79 appearances with the Los Angeles Clippers last season.