East Rumors: Wizards, Will Barton, Raptors, Hawks, Bogdan Bogdanovic


Guard/forward Will Barton appears to be hoping for a trade, as relayed by Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report/TNT.

“He hasn’t collected that many DNPs like Cam Reddish, but he is somebody who feels like it’s time to make a change,” Haynes said on the This League Uncut Podcast with Marc Stein of The Stein Line. “It hasn’t worked out and going back to his hometown of DC for some reason he just hasn’t been able to stick in the rotation.

“He feels like he’s still the player he was, he still thinks he could be still be a prominent player in a reserve role. And I was told he would like to play on a contending team and so you got look for teams like Milwaukee or Brooklyn for that matter.”


Forward OG Anunoby has been all the talk on the rumor mill lately, though guards Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. are still being mentioned as Raptors who could be dealt.

“‘So with all that being said, and everything that we’ve been hearing circulating out of Toronto, leads me to believe that OG Anunony can be moved and before the only person I thought weeks ago that will be moved from Toronto was going to be Gary Trent Jr.,” Haynes said. “And I do think it can be multiple guys moved this time around.”

  • Michael Grange of SportsNet has been all over the Raptors’ potential moves, and reiterated reports that the Knicks are offering multiple first-rounders for Anunoby. He was quick to add, though, “the quality of those picks isn’t exactly high-end: They have picks belonging to Dallas, Washington and Detroit that are top-10 protected, top-14 protected and top-18 protected, respectively.” (Full story.)
  • The Raptors could do nothing at the trade deadline, or they could blow it up, wrote Eric Koreen of The Athletic in breaking down Toronto’s potential paths. (Full story.)


Multiple teams have placed a call on guard/forward Bogdan Bogdanovic, per Sam Amick of The Athletic.

“The 30-year-old guard has a player option for $18 million next season, so most teams would understandably view him as a short-term rental (with the hopes of re-signing him if he opts out),” Amick wrote.

To this point, though, it does not seem as if the Hawks are showing interest in a Bogdanovic trade, Amick added.

  • It likely goes without saying that guard Trae Young isn’t going anywhere — and it doesn’t seem as if center Clint Capela is, either, given his chemistry with Young, Amick noted.

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