Wizards, Pacers exchange lottery picks: Coulibaly to Washington, Walker to Indiana

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WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Wizards moved up one spot in the NBA draft Thursday night, swapping lottery picks with the Indiana Pacers and ending up with Bilal Coulibaly of France.

The Pacers had the No. 7 pick and Washington was at No. 8, but after Indiana took Coulibaly and the Wizards selected Jarace Walker of Houston, Commissioner Adam Silver announced the teams were exchanging the picks in a trade to be finalized later.

Coulibaly spent the past season with Boulogne-Levallois of the French league - the same team as top overall pick Victor Wembanyama. The 6-foot-8 Coulibaly turns 19 next month.

The 6-foot-6 Walker was part of a Houston team that was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this year. He averaged 11.2 points as a freshman before entering the draft.


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Updated June 22, 2023