4 trades using the 8th pick to make the Wizards a contender

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 25: Jonathan Kuminga #00 and Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates after Kuminga slam dunked and was fouled on the play against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half of an NBA game at Chase Center on January 25, 2022 in San Francisco, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /
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Nets receive: Daniel Gafford, the no. 8 pick

Wizards receive: Dorian Finney-Smith, Cam Thomas

One option the Wizards have with the no. 8 pick is to trade it for multiple rotation players. The Wizards arguably need both guard and wing depth. This sort of trade helps in both departments; as Cam Thomas provides instant scoring and a high upside while Dorian Finney-Smith brings dependable 3-and-D play to the table.

Brooklyn Nets have an abundance of defense-first wings and will almost certainly look to offload a few this summer. This could be an opportunity for the Wizards to get one of them, preferably Finney-Smith or Royce O’Neale. A two-way forward who will relieve some of Kyle Kuzma’s defensive burden will fill a big hole for the Wizards. Cam Thomas, on the other hand, will be a massive help for the half-court offense that struggled without Bradley Beal at times. Thomas is a microwave scorer who broke the NBA record last season as the youngest player ever to have three consecutive 40-point games. The 21-year-old can play both off-ball and on-ball and has tremendous upside that the Wizards should look to explore.

Daniel Gafford, despite having a solid season, is about to start his 3-year, $39 million contract next year. That is pricey for a limited center who has never played over 20 minutes a game for a season in his career. Gafford would be a good addition for the Nets, who don’t have a backup center behind Nic Claxton. For the Wizards, packaging Gafford with the 8th-pick to get two rotation-level players is a smart idea.