Josh Richardson Headshot

Richardson (ankle) took part in a full practice Wednesday and has been cleared to play in Friday's game against the Hawks, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

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Richardson has missed the last 19 games, but has finally gotten over his lingering ankle injury and was able to put in a full practice Wednesday. He's already been cleared by the Heat medical staff for a return Friday, so look for him to jump back into a significant role on the wing. Richardson has started 20 of the 28 games he's played in this season, although it remains to be seen if he'll immediately reclaim a role with the top unit. His return likely means a decrease in minutes for guys like Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington.
Marcus Thornton Headshot

Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick will be sent from the Wizards to the Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanoic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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Thornton opened the season in a rotational role for the Wizards, but fell out of favor in January and February and hadn't seen the court in the team's last 21 games. That prompted the Wizards to add him as a sweetener to Wednesday's trade, although the first-round pick is what Brooklyn really coveted in the exchange. There's no guarantees that Thornton is thrust into a bigger role right out of the gates with Brooklyn, but Nets aren't particularly strong at shooting guard with guys like Randy Foye and Sean Kilpatrick holding down the top two spots, so Thornton should at least have the opportunity to compete for minutes.
Tiago Splitter Headshot

Coach Mike Budenholzer indicated that while Splitter (calf, hip) is making progress, a return to the court isn't imminent, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He is continuing to make progress," Budenholzer said of Splitter. "He is doing more in practice situations. I think the thing is he has to do that for a sustained period of time."

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Splitter has been out all season with the hip and calf injuries, but the Hawks haven't given up hope for the big man to return at some point over the team's final 26 contests. Even if Splitter is able to increase his activities and log multiple practices in a row within the next few weeks, he'll likely only serve in a minor capacity off the bench behind starting center Dwight Howard once he returns.
Chris McCullough Headshot

McCullough was traded to the Wizards on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

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McCullough will join Bojan Bogdanovic in Washington, while the Wizards will send Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick to Brooklyn. The 22-year-old McCullough has appeared sparingly in only 14 games for the Nets this season and has spent considerable time in the D-League. He's viewed as somewhat of a project player but showed enough potential to warrant a first-round selection in the 2015 draft.
Lamar Patterson Headshot

Patterson's second 10-day contract with the Hawks expired over the All-Star break, and he wasn't re-signed by the team, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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With the trade deadline approaching Thursday, the Hawks decided that having an extra roster spot open was more important than retaining Patterson for the time being. The swingman has since returned to the D-League's Reno Bighorns, but once the dust settles after the deadline, coach Mike Budenholzer didn't rule out the possibility for bringing Patterson back on the roster. He averaged 2.3 points and 1.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game in four appearances with the Hawks.
Andrew Nicholson Headshot

Nicholson, Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first-round pick will be sent from the Wizards to the Nets on Wednesday in exchange for Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.

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The real asset in this deal for the Nets is the first-round pick, as Nicholson hasn't been much of a contributor during the 2016-17 campaign. Nicholson has averaged a meager 8.3 minutes per game and is heading into a power forward situation in Brooklyn that already has the likes of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker, Justin Hamilton and Quincy Acy. That likely means Nicholson will be stuck in a minor role yet again ,which means he could continue to struggle for minutes.
Bojan Bogdanovic Headshot

Bogdanovic was traded to the Wizards on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.

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In a deal that will also bring Chris McCullough to Washington, the Wizards will send reserve forward Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick back to Brooklyn. Bogdanovic has started 54 or 55 games for the Nets this season, but he'll likely transition to a reserve role for the Wizards, who were in need of scoring off the bench. The 27-year-old is averaging a career-best 14.2 points per game on the season, shooting 44 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from beyond the arc on 5.0 attempts per game. Considering Bogdanovic was playing fewer than 27 minutes per game, his overall value in Washington probably won't take a major hit, though he could regress a bit in the short term as he adjusts to his new surroundings.
Miles Plumlee Headshot

Plumlee (calf) will be out at least two more weeks due to a second degree strain in his right calf.

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Plumlee suffered the injury on February 13th and went in for an MRI Wednesday after the issue failed to get better. The team will re-evaluate him in two weeks and clarify his timetable around that time. Expect Frank Kaminski to continue seeing extra minutes with Plumlee out.
Thabo Sefolosha Headshot

Sefolosha (groin) is expected to play in Friday's game against the Heat, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I felt pretty good," Sefolosha said Wednesday. "I'm looking forward to the next few days and see exactly how it feels...still a little bit (of tightness). But there is no such thing as being 100 percent, especially during an NBA season."

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Sefolosha missed nine straight games prior to the All-Star break, but the extra week off has given him enough time to make a full recovery. He was able to take part in a full practice Wednesday and as long as he's not dealing with any significant residual soreness after the increase in activity, Sefolosha should be good to go for Friday. That said, if he's cleared as expected, it remains to be seen if he'll immediately jump back into the starting lineup in place of Tim Hardaway, who's had some impressive showings with Sefolosha sidelined.
Dennis Schroder Headshot

Schroder missed Wednesday's practice due to travel issues, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

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Schroder went back to his native Germany during the All-Star break and apparently ran into some delays in getting back to the United States. The Hawks won't play their first game of the second half until Friday against the Heat, so it's still expected that Schroder will arrive in Atlanta well in advance of the game.
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