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Wizards’ subtle move after Spencer Dinwiddie trade that could go under the radar

Wizards, Raul Neto, Spencer Dinwiddie

The Washington Wizards have been very active in this year’s offseason. They traded Russell Westbrook in a blockbuster deal on draft night that led them to acquire Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Montrezl Harrell from the Los Angeles Lakers.

The transaction was then expanded to a five-team trade after the Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs entered. The Wizards have acquired point guard Spencer Dinwiddie from the Nets in a sign-and-trade deal worth $62 million for three years. They also got Aaron Holiday from the Pacers.

After the flurry of moves, the Wizards further upgraded their roster as they re-signed their very own Raul Neto, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Raul Neto signed for the Wizards last offseason and served as Russell Westbrook’s primary back-up off the bench. He had a career year in terms of minutes (21.9), scoring (8.7), rebounding (2.4), and field goal percentage (46.8).

The 29-year old is lauded for his hard-nosed defense, averaging at least a steal per game against opposing perimeter players. Neto was also a spark off the bench because his energy was infectious to his teammates.

Neto was occasionally inserted in the starting line-up (22 starts)  due to injuries and showed what he was capable of as he averaged 11.8 points per game. The Brazilian is also cautious when handling the ball, averaging just 0.8 turnovers per contest last season.

It is safe to assume that Neto will likely have a huge role for the Wizards next season as the newly acquired Spencer Dinwiddie is coming off of a partially torn ACL last season.