There has been a lot of speculation about the Wizards making some trades before the deadline. While I've mentioned some ideas recently this new deal could make sense for the Wizards.
The Trade: Washington sends Antwan Jamison, Earl Boykins, and Fabricio Oberto to the Miami Heat for Micheal Beasley Daequan Cook, Mario Chalmers, James Jones and a 2010 1st round pick (via Toronto) http://games.espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine
Why this works for Washington: Its been long assumed that Jamison would be dealt for an expiring contract (Big Z, T-Mac, Ray Allen) and possibly a young player with upside/ and or a draft pick. While this deal would be a different direction for the Wizards it would be the right one. Beasley hasn't lived up to his billing yet, but he is only 21 years old and has shown a ton of promise and is the key to this deal. Chalmers has had a sophomore slump this season, but still could be a valuable NBA player. He's a restricted free agent after this season, giving the Wizards plenty of control over him for a couple of years. Cook has been a bust so far in his career, but could be a nice relatively cheap asset on a Washington team desperate for back court help. He is under contract for only one more season and then is a restricted free agent. If he doesn't improve any more, Washington can let him walk in a year. Jones is an athletic SF who is solid as a role player/backup but is overpaid in terms of years (4) and money ($4.3 million a year). But his contract for next season is only partially guaranteed, meaning the Wizards wouldn't be on the hook for all of it. Washington would also benefit in two additional ways. The first round pick from Toronto is lottery protected, but I doubt the Raptors will finish in the lottery. The pick will probably fall in the mid-teens (quite a bit higher than a prospective pick from the Cavs which will probably be 29 or 30). Also though this deal won't give the Wizards salary cap relief next season, it will eliminate a sizable chunk of their luxury tax debt this season, by using the Heat's Marcus Banks trade exception that expires on Mon. Feb. 15th.
I lay out the case for the Heat on the Washington Wizards fan group at Fanspeak.com ( here is the direct link http://fanspeak.com/groups/for-the-washington-wizards-fans-that-still-exist/forum/topic/trade-ideas-for-the-wizards/
Anyways what do you guys think is this deal something the Wizards should look into?