Grade the Trade: Wizards need more to send Tyus Jones to contender

The Wizards should look to trade Tyus Jones, but what can they get in return?
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The Washington Wizards are in year one of a total rebuild. They have just eight wins and the second-worst record in the NBA. Bradley Beal and Kristaps Porzingis were both traded in the offseason. The Wizards should try to maximize their draft capital before the Feb. 8 trade deadline, which means exploring the market for Tyus Jones and Kyle Kuzma. Multiple teams will have interest in Kuzma, but will anyone meet the team’s asking price?

The Wizards reportedly want multiple first-round draft picks (subscription required) for Kuzma. He has been their best player and is in the middle of his prime. The franchise is in no rush to trade him as the 6’7 wing just started a four-year contract, but there is some urgency to move Jones’ expiring deal.

The 27-year-old came to Washington to be their starting point guard. He is having the best season of his career, but the Wizards are unlikely to re-sign him in the offseason. Several teams figure to show interest, and the franchise is better off with some draft capital as they try to rebuild.

Will the Wizards trade Tyus Jones before the deadline?

Washington wants more draft picks, but what can they expect in return? Tyus Jones is playing well but is likely best as a backup point guard. Will someone offer a first-round draft pick? If not, how many seconds are enough to get the Wizards to accept?

Expect Jones to be traded, and the Philadelphia 76ers want another ball-handler next to Tyrese Maxey. Philly does not want to waste a prime Joel Embiid season and wants to jump into title contention. The 6’1 guard helps their playoff push, but what comes back to Washington in the proposed deal? Here is a closer look at the move before grading it from the Wizards' perspective.