The Wizards have been in plenty of rumors leading up the NBA Trade Deadline later this month, and it’s no secret that they’re trying to make moves in order to secure a spot in the post-season. Washington has already traded their two biggest assets, Emeka Okafor’s expiring contract and a first round pick (top-12 protected), to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Marcin Gortat.
Trevor Ariza could possibly be dealt before the deadline, but he’s been one of Washington’s most productive players this season and I don’t see the Wizards moving him, especially since they’re on pace to make the playoffs for the first time in half a decade. Washington could potentially make a smaller move for a reserve, and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are looking to acquire a backup guard.
Washington will try to acquire a backup point guard before the trade deadline, a source said, but isn’t optimistic the Wizards can make such a move.
If the Wizards want to make a move for a backup guard, they will probably look to move one of their third or fourth year forwards that are stuck on the bench behind Nene, Marcin Gortat, and the rest of Washington’s bigs. Chris Singleton has been mentioned in trade rumors, but like the report said, I’m not really sure the Wizards will have enough to actually make a trade.
Washington signed Eric Maynor to a 2-year contract in the offseason, the second year being a player option, hoping that he’d provide some relief for John Wall off the bench. Unfortunately, Maynor has been one of the worst backups in the league this season, if not the worst backup point guard, and Garrett Temple has taken over the role of the primary backup point guard. Even though Temple has been better than Maynor, he does not have the ball handling or passing capability that the Wizards desperately need off the bench. Washington’s offense has completely plummeted as soon as John Wall steps off the floor for a rest and it’s been pretty discouraging for the entire team.
Backup guards like Toronto Raptors’ Greivis Vasquez have been named in trade rumors, but I don’t think the Wizards will have enough to acquire a player like him. There were plenty of productive backup point guards available this past season, but the Wizards used their bi-annual exception on Maynor and it obviously hasn’t worked out. I’d be surprised, yet thrilled, if the Wizards could find another guard off the bench before the deadline. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.