P.J. Washington, Charlotte Hornets and Delon Wright, Washington Wizards
Rumor has it that both the Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards could both be sellers at the 2024 NBA Trade Deadline. The Milwaukee Bucks should orchestrate a three-way call to try and get something done, as both teams have players who should be of interest.
This writer has been a fan of P.J. Washington for a long time. The forward stands at 6-foot-7 and can defend multiple positions while also putting points on the board. As discussed in the O'Neale section, getting a power forward who can play in small-ball lineups would be useful, and Washington would fill that role perfectly, sharpening this team's defense and versatility.
Heading toward the deadline, Charlotte appears to have embraced a sellers mentality, with ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski saying they plan to continue gathering assets after sending Terry Rozier to the Miami Heat. This package would allow that, giving them a high-end second-round pick and a quality player who could be flipped for more assets.
As for Wright, he'd be a decent backup to Damian Lillard. At 6-foot-5, he would break the mold of the Bucks adding undersized backup point guards over the past few years, instead giving them a lengthy guard who can match up against bigger guards and even some wings. His numbers this season are nothing to rave about, but he could be an excellent addition to the team's defensive personnel.
Connaughton, Payne, and a second-rounder seems like a fair offering, allowing the Wizards to acquire a pick for a player currently logging the second-fewest minutes of his ongoing career. Connaughton and Payne could either serve as veteran leaders for this young team, or they could be moved.