If you’ve read this blog at all in the past then you know how I feel about this current Wizards team. For the past few years they’ve been one of the dumbest, most mistake prone teams the NBA has ever seen. Having said that, the deal the team made yesterday at the trade dealine left me more confused than hopeful.
The trade is as follows:
The Wizards traded our young, incredibly raw starting center JaVale McGee and Ronny Turiaf to the Denver Nuggets for their veteran center Nene.
Along with that the Wizards shipped starting shooting guard Nick Young off to the Los Angeles Clippers for forward Brian Cook and a 2nd round pick in 2015.
As I’ve said time and time again, the Wiz needed to get smarter. They needed actual professionals surrounding John Wall in order for the franchise to move forward. So, considering both Young and McGee were slated to be free agents this coming summer (unrestricted and restricted respectively) the Wizards front office was wise to move them when they could.
Still, what we got in return may not have been enough and may leave the franchise with less options come free agency this summer. Nene signed a spanking new contract just last summer. At the time everyone said the 5 year, $67 million deal was way too much for the oft-injured center. Now that he’s on my team I completely agree. $13.5 million a year for a center averaging 13 points and 7 boards is quite steep.
On that same line of thought, we got nothing back in return for Nick Young. We all know Nick is very capable of putting the ball in the basket. He’s athletic and entertaining on the offensive side of the ball. His problems were always mental and defensive. Still, we got practically nothing back for a guy averaging almost 17 points a game this season.
I know the club was desperate to get rid some of our dead weight before next season, and the trade did just that, but I do not feel as though we got enough in return to warrant the deal.
Now that I’ve said that I should add that John Wall played one of his best games of the season last night only a few hours after the trade. With a skeleton bench and no one to defer to, Wall dropped 26 points and 12 assists on the struggling Hornets, and led the Wiz to a 10 point win in New Orleans.
Bench players like Roger Mason and Kevin Seraphin will have to play well going forward, and they’ll get their chances now. It’s Walls’ team for the time being and future. Andray Blatche is the last remaining bad apple the team will have to deal with going forward. With a deep draft on the horizon it’s fair to think moving him won’t be difficult, the team could also use their amnesty clause on him.
Whether or not Ernie Grunfeld is the GM next year, whoever the coach turns out to be (I’m hoping for the recently fired Nate McMillian from the Blazers), this team is starting to make better decisions with their cap and player development. It’s time to turn the corner now, it’s time to build a winner.
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Written by Frank Sullivan
Frank is a graduate of Old Dominion University, sports fan, author, and founder of TheBloosh.com. He's been working with prosportsblogging.com since April 2011, and has covered the Chicago Bulls, Baltimore Ravens, Virginia Tech Hokies Football, and the Washington Wizards. Frank can be reached @franksullivan on twitter.