Three things to know about Wizards forward Chandler Hutchison

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Three things to know about Wizards forward Chandler Hutchison originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

The Wizards traded Troy Brown and Moe Wagner to the Bulls on Thursday’s deadline day for a pair of young players in Daniel Gafford and Chandler Hutchison. 

Here are three things to know about what Hutchison brings to the Wizards:

He hasn’t played since Feb. 5 due to personal reasons

He’s played just seven games this season due to personal reasons and hasn’t played in nearly two months. His last game was on Feb. 5 against the Magic, when he played 3:56. He played just 14 seconds four nights earlier against the Knicks. 

After Hutchison played in the team’s first four games of the season, he was inactive for the next 10 games. He’s played in just three games, and just 11 minutes and 36 seconds, since 2021 began. In late February, he was listed as out with a right leg contusion but has been out of the lineup otherwise. 

Hutchison’s offensive style

Hutchison, 24, was a 2018 first-round pick by the Bulls out of Boise State. As an off-ball small forward, he fits more into a supporting role rather than one that will carry an offense. At 6-foot-6, he can provide minutes as a cutting slasher to the basket. 

In his career, he’s averaged 5.8 points, four rebounds, and less than an assist per game. He’s not a very efficient 3-point shooter, (29.7 career percentage), though he has improved each year he’s been in the league.

Hutchison could have an expanded role in Washington

The Wizards didn’t trade for Gafford or Hutchison to show up and play significant minutes off the hop, but they both could have bigger roles than they did in Chicago. 

Hutchison, at 6-foot-6, has ideal size at the wing and can guard multiple positions on defense. He is a bit of an older three-year player, but the first-round pick from just a few years ago doesn’t turn the ball over much, and could find a spark in D.C.