Yesterday was a busy day for the Washington Wizards’ web. After trading a second round draft pick in exchange for cash considerations, there were many negative pixels being produced, but they were quickly dominated by free agency news. Nevertheless, here are the Wizardly Links for Saturday, June 28th. Enjoy.
Washington worked out a large number of prospects that were expected to get picked late in the second round, that ended up getting undrafted, so don’t be surprised if they land in Washington during Summer League.
But the fact that this has happened again for the second time in five years reveals something more troubling. It reveals a franchise that doesn’t value exploring all avenues to add talent.
There have been reports that teams such as the Dallas Mavericks were interested in acquiring both Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, who are both unrestricted free agents, but it looks like the Wizards will try to do everything they can to bring them back.
Although Andre Miller didn’t put up spectacular numbers–averaging just under 4 points and 4 assists in the nation’s capital–he did provide the stability Washington was desperately seeking before the start of the NBA Playoffs.
The Wizards, who signed Martell Webster to the full-mid level exception following an outstanding first season with the team, will probably miss him for the beginning of the season.
The team has been clear about its desires to keep Ariza. However an argument exists that the Wizards would be better off letting him depart since they already have significant assets invested in fellow small forwards Webster and 2013 first round pick Otto Porter.
- Oh, and Happy Birthday to our shooting guard–Bradley Beal
That’s all, folks. Enjoy your weekends.