Wizards trade JaVale McGee and Nick Young
The Wizards wanted to package Young with McGee to Denver, but Young’s representatives, according to sources, had informed the Wizards that he would only accept a trade to two places, including the Clippers, his hometown team. Young averaged 16.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in his fifth season with the Wizards.
Young was a member of the playoff team as a rookie, but in the past four seasons, he and McGee were on teams that combined to go 77-210. They’ve also been the primary starters at their respective positions for the past two seasons, but Young was recently benched in favor of Jordan Crawford and McGee was benched for the entire half of one game in Milwaukee and at the start of a game against Orlando.
Both players have moved on to teams that are in the playoff hunt, with the Clippers fourth and Denver sixth, respectively, in the Western Conference, entering Thursday’s games.
Turiaf played only three games for the Wizards after being acquired from the New York Knicks on the first day of training camp. He broke his left hand on Jan. 1 and didn’t dress again until Tuesday in Dallas.