Nene marks a ma­jor change in team’s look

Mcgee, Young now with con­tenders

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY CARLA PEAY

Nene ar­rived in Washington early Satur­day evening to take his phys­i­cal, the final step be­fore of­fi­cially be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Wiz­ards.

The team is in the midst of a sixgame road trip but will re­turn home for at least one, pos­si­bly two prac­tices be­fore play­ing the Nets in New Jer­sey on Wed­nes­day. The Wiz­ards will re­turn home to play the In­di­ana Pac­ers at Ver­i­zon Cen­ter on Thurs­day.

The trade will no doubt be a huge ad­just­ment for Nene, who had spent his en­tire ca­reer with the Nuggets, and lives in Den­ver dur­ing the off­sea­son.

“I un­der­stand it’s a busi­ness of bas­ket­ball,” Nene said in a state­ment re­leased by his man­ager, Alex WIZ­ARDS AT NEW JER­SEY Wed­nes­day: TV: Ra­dio: San­tos.

“I want to thank the Nuggets and all the fans who have been be­hind me all these years, for good times and bad times. I know God has big plans for me, and my fu­ture is in his hands.”

Pend­ing the re­sults of his phys­i­cal, Nene could be in uni­form in time for Wed­nes­day’s game in New Jer­sey. In Nene, the Wiz­ards get a 6-foot-11 cen­ter who is av­er­ag­ing 13.4 points and 7.4 re­bounds. He had played in 28 of the Nuggets’ 43 games un­til be­ing traded.

Also in­cluded in the deal was for­ward Brian Cook, who al­ready has passed his phys­i­cal and joined the team for Sun­day’s game against the Griz­zlies in Mem­phis. But Cook likely will reach a buy­out agree­ment with the team. Ac­quired from the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers, along with a 2015 sec­on­dround pick, Cook was in­cluded in the deal to help the Clip­pers clear enough cap room to get Nick Young.

The Nuggets landed Javale Mcgee and Ronny Turiaf in the deal, but Turiaf is ex­pected to be waived as the Nuggets seek cap space to be­gin their youth move­ment. Den­ver is con­tin­u­ing to re­make its ros­ter since trad­ing All-star Carmelo An­thony last sea­son for four play­ers, three picks and $3 mil­lion in cash.

The loss of Young and Mcgee will mean the Wiz­ards need to re­place about 28.5 points per game. Young av­er­aged 16.6; Mcgee scored 11.9.

The Wiz­ards could get some help from D-league call up Ed­win Ubiles, a 6-foot-6 swing­man who the team signed to a 10-day con­tract. Ubiles av­er­ages 20.4 points, 5.1 re­bounds and 3.3 for the Dakota Wiz­ards.

As for Young and Mcgee, both sounded pleased at the op­por­tu­nity to join play­off con­tenders. The Clip­pers are in fourth place in the Western Con­fer­ence, the Nuggets in sev­enth.

“The Wiz­ards were def­i­nitely a good or­ga­ni­za­tion, but they haven’t been in the play­offs since I’ve been there,” Mcgee told re­porters in Den­ver upon his ar­rival. “It’s def­i­nitely a change of venue com­ing to a play­off team, and I’m re­ally ex­cited about it.”

As for Young, he called re­turn­ing to his na­tive Los An­ge­les “a dream come true.” Young said dur­ing his news con­fer­ence in Los An­ge­les that the los­ing cul­ture in Washington caused some tur­moil among the play­ers.

“We was los­ing [in Washington.] It was a tough sit­u­a­tion,” Young said. “We were the not-top-10, a laugh­ing­stock. It caused some ten­sion be­tween the play­ers. We needed a new look.”

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