Eastern Notes: Wizards, Pistons, Bucks, Blake

The biggest need for the Wizards at the trade deadline appears to be adding a perimeter shooting threat, according to Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington.

Now that the team has shored up its defense after early woes, Hughes posits that improving the Wizards’ low-ranking outside shooting should be the next item to be addressed. He notes that another route Washington could take is increasing minutes for a deep-bench player who may already fit the profile of a sniper, like rookie power forward Anthony Gill.

There’s more out of the Eastern Conference:

  • The 10-26 Pistons own the worst record in the East and may be looking to make some roster changes, according to James L. Edwards III and John Hollinger of The Athletic. Opposing clubs have apparently been interested in acquiring Delon Wright, Wayne Ellington, and Mason Plumlee, all players Detroit could be amenable to moving. The Athletic writers speculate on potential deals for those players.
  • After failing to make the NBA Finals across two disappointing postseasons, the Bucks will be looking to make marginal moves around the trade deadline in hopes of making a deep playoff run, per Eric Nehm of The Athletic. Nehm discusses a few possible trades that could bring more veteran leadership to Milwaukee, including moves for Rockets forward P.J. Tucker and Pistons wing Wayne Ellington.
  • Sources tell James L. Edwards III of The Athletic that the Pistons could have traded pricey power forward Blake Griffin had they been willing to attach a first-round pick in such an exchange. Instead, the Pistons opted for a buyout.
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