Washington had the No. 5 pick in the draft but traded it, along with Etan Thomas, Darius Songaila and Oleksiy Pecherov, to the Wolves for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. The Wizards understood that they were unlikely to get a player at No. 5 who could crack their rotation, and they wanted to be serious contenders right away in the East. I think the addition of Foye and Miller puts them there.
The Wolves were willing to pay significantly more than any other team, giving up two solid starters. I don't think the Wizards could've done any better in getting value for the No. 5 pick."
I'm kind of baffled that the T-Wolves get a C+ for bagging Rubio even if I agree with his analysis of the dangers of Rubio staying in Spain and the stupidity of the Flynn pick, but the Wiz get an A for accidentally passing on Rubio (even if its defensible) and SELLING DeJuan Blair.
Are Bullets Forever readers the only people who realize that the Miller/Foye trade created a huge need for physical presence and rebounding, that it was a MIRACLE that Blair was available to #32, and that it is a travesty that Ernie comitted to paying the luxury tax, but still sold a pick that could have netted such a perfect fit.
O well, Chad Ford was way off when he speculated that the Bullets wanted to cut salary and now he is way off for praising the Bullets for trying to have it both ways.