Issac Bonga Jemerrio Jones Mo Wagner Wizards

Wizards acquire Mortiz Wagner, Issac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones in trade with Laker

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The Lakers are sending Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones and a 2022 second round pick to the Wizards as part of the Anthony Davis trade. 

This is a big shock around the league everywhere because there weren’t any rumors that the Wizards were looking to acquire Wagner, Bonga and Jones. 

The Wizards will send $1.1 million to New Orleans as part of the deal. 

This move comes as Tommy Sheppard’s first big move as the Wizards interim President of Basketball Ops. but the job appears to be his if Wizards owner Ted Leonsis allowed him to make this move. 

Wagner, 21, comes to D.C. as the highlight of the deal after being the No. 25 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 4.8 points per game along with two rebounds a game. 

The Wizards fell in love with Wagner during the draft process in 2018 but couldn’t justify picking Wagner at No. 15 overall. The Wizards reportedly loved Wagner’s deep ball even though he only averaged 28.6% from deep during his rookie season. 

Bonga, 19, could become the backup point guard for the Wizards if they bring back restricted free agent Tomas Satoransky. 

Bonga is still a long way away from becoming a consistent rotation piece after only playing 22 games in his rookie season averaging only 5.5 minutes a game. Bonga only shot 15.2% from the field during those 22 games. 

Bonga had more success with the Lakers G-League team last season. In 31 games Bonga shot 43.8% overall and shot 34.4% from deep. Bonga rebounded well for a point guard grabbing nearly five boards a night for the Lakers’ G-League squad but playmaking is still a work in progress for Bonga as he only averaged 2.5 assists per night. 

Bonga is also a pretty good defender after averaging 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. 

Jones comes in as a throw-in for the salary dumping Lakers. The 24-year-old made his NBA debut for the Lakers this past season after he went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft. Jones played at New Mexico State University during his college career. 

Jones spent most of the season with the South Bay Lakers, the Los Angeles Lakers G-League team. With South Bay, Jones played in 47 games averaging 24.7 minutes per night. 

Jones shot well with South Bay scoring 9.4 points per game on a 53.9% overall clip from the field. Jones also grabbed 9.5 rebounds per game and averaged a block and a steal per night. 

In six NBA games, the small forward averaged 23.8 minutes per night but only shot 36.4% from the field and 20% from deep. A rebound machine, Jones averaged 8.2 rebounds per game for the Lakers at the end of the season. 

The Lakers also included a 2022 second round pick which is when the NBA expects high schoolers to be eligible for the NBA Draft so there’s a potential the draft could be loaded with talent by that point. 

The Wizards now pick up an extra second rounder after not having any second rounders until 2023. 

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