Israeli sensation Deni Avdija traded to Portland

Jun 27, 2024 | Holyland Hoops

Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdia was traded on NBA Draft night to the Portland Trail reports ESPN insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The Israeli forward was shipped out west for Malcolm Brogdon, the 14th selection Carlton Carrington and the second most favorable of Portland’s 2029 first-round picks and two second-round picks in 2028 and 2030.

Avdija, who is entering his fifth season in the world’s greatest league had played the first four years of his career in the District of Columbia after the Wizards had selected him 9th overall in the 2020 Draft.

Deni Avdija – Photo credit: Yehuda Halickman

The 6”9 Avdija played and started in all of the 75 games he featured with Washington this past season and averaged 14.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists while shooting 37.4% from beyond the arc. This past season saw Avdija’s scoring prowess improve drastically as he dropped 9.2 points per game and shot under 30% from downtown in the 2022/23 season. Due to his scoring jump, Avdija finished 6th in the final voting results for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award.

This past February, Avdija scored 43 points in a contest against the New Orleans Pelicans making him the highest scoring Israeli player, smashing the previous high of 36 by Omri Casspi.

Deni Avdija – Photo Credit: Neil Dalal

The Trail Blazers, who are in the midst of a rapid rebuild after the Damian Lillard era ended this past year with a 21-61 record but the Sabra wing will join a very young up-and-coming core in Portland. 20-year old Scoot Henderson leads the way after being selected 3rd overall in last year’s draft, 21-year-old guard Shaedon Sharpe who was selected 7th in the 2022 Draft, 25-year-old guard Anfernee Simons and the 2018 1st overall draft pick 25-year-old center Deandre Ayton. The Trail Blazers also selected UCONN center Donovan Clingan with the 7th pick in this year’s entry draft.

Avdija, who played for Maccabi Tel Aviv between 2017-2000 was a 3-time Israeli League champion while also earning the 2020 MVP award. The Israeli also starred for the National Team helping them win gold at the Under-20 European Championships in back-to-back years of 2018 and 2019.

Deni Avdija – Photo Credit: FIBA

Last offseason it was reported that the Israeli had inked a four-year, $55 million extension that is set to expire after the 2027-28 season and will be due $15.63 million this upcoming year, but the salary amount decreases each sequential year and will take home about $11.88 million in the last year of the deal.

Brogdon, 31, is on an expiring $22.5 million contract next season and averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 assists in 39 games for the Blazers this past season.

While both sides have agreed to the deal and it has been reported on the league’s official website, it technically can’t go through until July 6.

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