The Washington Wizards made solid deals at the NBA trade deadline, shipping out restricted free agent JaVale McGee and Nick Young while bringing in Nene from the Denver Nuggets. The solid moves will apparently continue, too -- thought not quite on the same level.
Washington is expected to call-up Edwin Ubiles from the Dakota Wizards over the weekend, according to a league source. The Wizards had a pair of roster spots open following this week's trade along with the release of Hamady Ndiaye last month.
Ubiles has been one of the best prospects in the D-League all season as the 25-year-old swingman is averaging 20.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field. That comes on the heels of his being one of the more important players on the Puerto Rican National Team that won a gold medal at last summer's Pan-Am Games.
Those accomplishments are quite impressive for the former member of the Siena Saints considering this is his first full season of professional basketball after sitting out the majority of last season with a stress fracture in his right tibia.
The move isn't exactly surprising, at least for your's truly, considering what I'd written earlier this week regarding players that could be called up following the NBA trade deadline.
Top Player: In this case, I think I'd go with Edwin Ubiles of the Dakota Wizards. He isn't a finished product considering the Siena alum is only his first season of professional basketball, but it has to be hard for teams already out of the playoffs to resist taking flier on the 6-foot-6 wing.
The smooth small forward seems like he'd fit well in a complementary role on an NBA roster and his averages of 20.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists while shooting 51 percent from the field show that he's capable of doing a little bit of everything.
The "complementary" portion of that statement might be key, too, in case anyone thought he'd go into Washington with plans to Nick Young it up.
For reference, Ubiles will join Donald Sloan (Cleveland Cavaliers), Eric Dawson (San Antonio Spurs) and Jerry Smith (New Jersey Nets) as players to be called up following the NBA's trade deadline.