The NBA trade deadline is just days away and the Wizards are reportedly looking to upgrade their backup point guard position. Eric Maynor, who the Wizards signed this off-season, has been one of the worst backups in league history, while Garrett Temple is playing out of position and doesn’t really have the skills to be a reliable point guard.
Andre Miller and Beno Udrih were both listed in trade rumors last month, and it appears that the Wizards are interested in both point guards.
I found it interesting that Stein called a move before the deadline to be “definite”, but adds that the Wizards weren’t able to find a deal for Miller with the Nuggets.
Both Miller or Udrih would probably be upgrades over the current guards coming off the bench, but I don’t think they would solve the entire problem. Washington’s offense will still struggle with either point guard, but if the Wizards could acquire one of them without giving up a key piece, then I’d definitely pull the trigger on a deal. Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton are both buried on the bench and they could potentially be dealt for a point guard. Miller and Udrih were reportedly unhappy with their current situation, so I’m sure that their respective teams will try to rid themselves of the guards prior to the deadline.
It wouldn’t surprise me if more names appeared in the rumor mill, but I could definitely see the Wizards getting a cheap backup before the deadline. Washington has typically been active in that situation, but I wouldn’t expect them to make any drastic moves like they have in the past. They’re currently 5th in the Eastern Conference and are on pace to make the post-season for the first time in half a decade. The Wizards aren’t going to want to spit their core group of players up right before the latter half of the season begins.
Expect the Wizards to get a new backup point guard in the coming days.