The Washington Wizards reportedly have traded their lone 2017 NBA Draft pick to the New Orleans Pelicans for guard Tim Frazier.
According to Basketball Insiders’ Micahel Scotto (via Twitter), the Washington Wizards have dealt away their only pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the No. 52 pick to the New Orleans Pelicans. In return, the Wizards receive Tim Frazier, a 6-foot-1 point guard, who played college basketball at Penn State University.
The Washington Wizards went to Twitter moments after the report to officially announce the trade:
Frazier, 26, started 35 games for the Pelicans last season in place of the injured Jrue Holiday and averaged 7.1 points, 5.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes per game. However, as the starting point guard for the Pelicans, Frazier averaged 8.9 points and 6.9 assists per game. In fact, during the month of Nov., Frazier averaged double digits in points with an efficient 10.9 points per game, along with 7.2 assists in 15 games.
Frazier showcased his potential throughout his 36 starts with one triple-double and seven double-doubles.
The 26-year-old inked a two-year deal worth $4 million with the Pelicans in the summer of 2016, which makes him a low-risk acquisition. With that being said, Frazier is set to become a free-agent after the upcoming 2017-18 season.
The reigning Southeast Division champions Wizards have been in the market for a reserve point guard to play behind four-time Wizards All-Star John Wall after the acquisition of Trey Burke failed and Brandon Jennings future with the Wizards uncertain.
The move comes less than a day from the 2017 NBA Draft, and for the second straight year, the Wizards will be without a draft selection. Nonetheless, don’t count the Wizards out of this year’s draft yet as David Aldridge revealed the Wizards are also looking to acquire a late second-round draft pick.