Wizards acquire C Jonas Valanciunas from Pelicans

NBA: Playoffs-Oklahoma City Thunder at New Orleans PelicansApr 29, 2024; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas (17) dribbles against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Chet Holmgren (7) during the first half of game four of the first round for the 2024 NBA playoffs at Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards acquired center Jonas Valanciunas from the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday in a sign-and-trade deal for a 2027 second-round draft pick that is protected by the Chicago Bulls between slots 31 and 50.

Valanciunas, 32, averaged 12.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 82 games (all starts) for the Pelicans last season.

In 12 NBA seasons for the Toronto Raptors, Memphis Grizzlies and Pelicans, Valanciunas has averaged 13.4 points with 9.5 rebounds in 856 games (827 starts).

Only six NBA players started in all 82 of their teams regular-season games last season.

–Field Level Media

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