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Washington Wizards—C+ Moves: Traded their three best players for Josh Howard and Al Thornton, s...

Washington Wizards—C+ Moves: Traded their three best players for Josh Howard and Al Thornton, saved money What else would you have had them do? Bullets Forver didn't like the initial trade that sent Butler and Haywood to Dallas, and I agree. The Jamison trade didn't net much either, and considering the Wizards were giving up two foundational figures of the last five years, it sort of feels weird to say, "Oh well, we got nothing back, but at least they're gone!" But what else could we have hoped for? Like Cleveland, it was a matter of facing reality. The Washington Wizards weren't going to win anything with Caron Butler or Antawn Jamison and it was time to start over. Did the rest of the league know we were starting over? Did that completely undercut our ability to negotiate on a level playing field? Probably. But... At least they're gone! Now, the Wizards have tons of cap space to play with for the next few years, not to mention a very good chance of clearing out even more space should they void Gilbert Arenas' contract. How often can a team go from "fatally flawed contender" to "intriguing rebuilding project" in a matter of two months? Because that's what these trades did for the Wizards. Did we get anything more than Howard, Al Thornton, and a low first round pick that we'll probably sell? No. But they successfully pushed the reset button, and that's worth more than you think.

Andrew Sharp's Trade Deadline grades on SBNation.com. Also check out the massive trade deadline storystream that I've been lording over for the past few weeks.
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