2. Trade Daniel Gafford
The Wizards gave Daniel Gafford a three-year $40.1 million extension last summer that just kicked in. He makes $12.4 million next season, despite never playing more than 20.6 minutes per game.
Gafford is penciled in as the Wizards’ starting center for next season after he averaged 9.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game last year. The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but can he handle more minutes on the floor?
Washington should try to trade Daniel Gafford and reset completely at the five. There is still hope that the former second-round pick can blossom into a starter and key rim protector, but the Wizards should let some other team try to help him reach his ceiling. Gafford is one of the few assets that may net Washington some draft capital, and the Wizards should certainly attempt to maximize it.
Michael Winger and the front office needs to act fast. A few teams are still searching for starting centers, and they may be willing to trade for Daniel Gafford to be their answer. There have been no rumors, so expect the 6’10 big man to be back in the nation’s capital next season. If he continues to improve, do not be surprised to see him shopped before the trade deadline.