According to a report from Bleacher Report's Jake Fischer, the Wizards have opened up talks on trading two of their key contributors last season in Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. This comes amid their pursuit of a playmaking point guard like Malcolm Brogdon to pair with Bradley Beal, assuming he sticks around to catch passes from him, that is.
The Pacers have most consistently discussed Brogdon trades with the Knicks and Wizards ahead of Thursday’s NBA draft, sources said, but there’s a strong sense of skepticism from league officials that Brogdon would actually be moved to either Washington or New York in a package centered around the No. 10 or No. 11 pick.
The Wizards have been willing to discuss Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in trade conversations, sources said.
Whether Kuz and KCP would be part of a potential Brogdon deal or are being offered in a different trade package remains to be seen.
Kyle Kuzma had an outstanding first season in Washington. He averaged 17.1 points on an efficient 45.2 percent shooting clip, taking a starring role particularly once Bradley Beal went down with injury. He also averaged career highs in rebounds (8.5), assists (3.5), and blocks (0.9).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was the most reliable outside shooter on the Wizards roster, connecting on 39.0 percent on the deep ball on 5.3 attempts per game.
While both players are still in their primes, they're also on the final year of their respective contracts and would likely demand a pretty penny on the open market next season. Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard may be trying to get a return on his vets while he still can.