The pressure is on. After making a move like this, not making the playoffs would be a colossal failure. Luckily, Gortat was exactly what the Wizards needed to make sure that doesn’t happen. Okafor was great in Washington, but there was no way that the front office could put the weight of the season entirely on his health. I think Grunfeld and Leonsis made a really great decision on this one – I almost expected them to sit back and hope Okafor would work out. I’m really glad that they stood up and took action. The Wizards always seem to pop up in trade rumors but nothing ever seems to get done, so it’s very exciting to be in the thick of things.
Unfortunately, the Wizards lost their 2104 first round pick, assuming everything doesn’t fall apart, in one of the most loaded drafts ever. Hopefully Gortat succeeds and Otto Porter develops enough to make that palatable. Some people feel like the Wizards made the wrong decision by getting rid of their pick in a great draft for a 1-year rental, but I like the move because the 2014 free agent class also looks to be very promising. The Wizards will have enough money to go after a big name, and making the playoffs would really make them a “destination.” Regardless, Gortat is a quality big that should really help space the floor and get Washington’s shooters some easy looks. It’s certainly an exciting time to be a Wizards fan, because if everything pans out, this is the year we’ve been waiting for.