Washington Wizards: Best Trade Options for the Wizards

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Ian Mahinmi 

Ian Mahinmi makes nearly $16 million per year. Ian Mahinmi also averages 4 PPG and despite standing 6’11, averages less rebounds than 6 other Wizards. Mahinmi is a non factor in most games and cashes checks as if he were Sixth Man of the Year. J.R. Smith is seemingly upset with his lack of playing time this season, taking a leave of absence from the Cleveland Cavaliers this past week.

Although occasionally a head case in Cleveland, Smith will always be known as one of the hottest shooters in the league when his touch is on. A microwave scorer would be another dangerous option for the Wizards’ second unit. Sam Dekker is a young forward who can stretch the floor from beyond the arc.

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers may have the lowest trade value on this Washington roster. After a few painfully underwhelming years in Los Angeles, not much has changed since Rivers became a member of the Wiz.

This trade would simply be a step towards hitting reset. The deal would save the Wizards about $5 million in salary costs. In Dragan Bender, Washington receives a former lottery pick who has yet to tap into his full potential.

Markieff Morris

Despite a promising season in 2016-2017, Morris has failed to take steps towards improvement recently. Marquese Chriss, another former lottery pick, played two solid seasons in Phoenix before being dealt to Houston this offseason.

He’s struggled to find a role in the loaded Rockets rotation, but his seasons with the Phoenix Suns spoke to his potential in the league. Nene provides a veteran presence that the Wizards desperately need.