Since the lottery struck, most of the internet has Washington trading the 5 pick for a vet. A quick look at the draft prospects and you can see why. If you want to compete in Dwight Howard's division (Yeah, he owns it now) what you need is some muscle, and it doesn't look to be available at the top end of the draft.
Griffin aside, there's no post prospect that could crack 25 minutes on the Wizards roster this season, alot to ask from most rookies, I know, but it really is what the team needs. We've got enough prospects already, so put aside your Jordan Hill man-crush and listen. This is not your normal draft. If a 21 year old Corey Brewer were in this draft, he would be a lock to go top 4. Same goes for Joe Alexander and Ike Diogu. Do you want to know another thing? NBA GM's don't know this. They say they do, but once they get caught up in scouting, their perspective skews. They become enamoured with the 'what if' scenarios and want a new toy to play with, so we give them our new Gobots for their slightly-used Transformers. If you don't know who wins this trade I guess you've never shown up to the sandbox with Leader-1 in the middle of a Megatron/Optimus battle. Thanks Dad.
Trading down or out is the only way to maximize our picks potential. The 5 spot presents too much risk for a team whose window isn't opening any wider. If this is the year Gil, Butler and Antawn can stay healthy, we need to make sure they have the tools they need to hold their own against the Orlando and Cleveland types.
While we don't have the cap space to go after a Carlos Boozer, we may be able to get some value out of free agency. Anderson Varejao, Antonio McDyess, Paul Millsap, Brandon Bass and Chris Anderson are B and C level players that could fill a need for us. Big Baby Davis is without a contract, but I don't see the celtics letting him go for only 6 million (the most we could offer).
So if we are to bulk up, all that remains is a trade. I won't speculate who Grunfeld should target, because I've already tried and failed. There's no perfect fit. But without a big to help Haywood down low, next season's best-case scenario is a second round exit. Not good enough.