There are a lot of rumors going around about what the wizards may or may not do. They clearly like Derrick Williams, and rightfully so. He's easily the best prospect in this draft class, or atleast he's the most sure thing. The only team that makes sense for the Wizards to trade with is the T-Wolves. Someone proposed earlier that the Wiz trade the #6 to Portland for Batum. Yeah, clearly a great trade for the Wiz, but there is no way, and I mean no way the Blazers make that trade. Batum is going to be a stud some day and they absolutely refused to include him in the Gerald Wallace trade this past season. He shoots a good percentage from the field and is smart with the ball. Due to all the injuries the Blazers have had he played out of position a lot (power forward) and that really hurt his offensive production. Plus the point guard they are looking for is more of a facilitator, not the type of scoring threat that is projected to go that early in the draft, such as Kemba and Jimmer. There are plenty of good value points later in the draft that they can acquire. As much as I would like it, the trade isn't happening. There's also been speculation of the Wiz trading for the #3 pick, but I don't see why the Wiz would do that. I'm not a fan of Kanter solely because he hasn't played competitively in almost two years, and for someone who is already cast as a weak defender prior to those two years, it's going to take much, much longer for the coaches to finally get some D out of him. If the T-Wolves take Kanter at #2 and Williams falls to Utah, there is no way they trade him away... they like him too much. I'm also never a fan of international players because they are so hit and miss (mostly miss). Everyone's always trying to find the next Dirk, but the reality is there will never be another Dirk.
So here's the trade the Wiz make: Nick Young, Andray, and the #6 to the T-Wolves for #2 and Wayne Ellington. Ellington shoots a good percentage from the field, even when he was in college, and you don't need much production out of him, especially if Jordan Crawford excels how the organization hopes he will. I'm tired of Young's softness and inconsistencies, and Andray just needs a change of scenery. I know why the Wiz make this trade, and I hope they do, and I don't see why the T-Wolves don't make this trade. They need another legit big man (maybe Dray isn't legit, but he's clearly better than Darko) and they don't have someone who can really shoot the ball. They've been playing Wes Johnson out of position and need to move him back to the 3 spot. A forward rotation of Wes, Beasley, and Love could be kind of fun, and eventually and potentially dangerous. Plus the T-Wolves need another big man because I feel like I'm the only one out there that knows Kevin Love won't be resigning with the Wolves, and rightfully so. David Kahn just will never realize that until he does sign elsewhere. If they don't want to part with Ellington, maybe throw in Flynn just so we can get another real point. If Flynn doesn't work out, no biggie, just don't pick up the team option after this year.
If they can't make the trade happen for the #2 pick, they need to trade their #6 pick away and trade down. All the projected top ten picks are good players, but not worthy of top ten money. I can't justify paying these guys that kind of money and not get the production they're being paid for. I like Kawhi Leonard a lot as well as Marcus Morris. Maybe they trade down to #10 or #11 with either Milwalkee or Golden State in hopes of either of those two guys falling that low or snag Klay Thompson and then at #18 getting either Markieff, Jordan Hamilton, or Marshon Brooks, depending on who they take earlier in the draft. At #34, you go after the best real big man available. In my book that would be Justin Harper (doubt he'll be around then though), JaJuan Johnson, or Keith Benson.
The Wiz need to continue to clean house. I see Javale, Wall, and Crawford as untouchable at this point, and a good foundation to start from. If they can't move Young prior to the season, they'll for sure be able to move him before the February deadline... some "contender" always needs another shooter, as the Bulls showed us this past year. If they didn't get rid of Dray, it wouldn't be the end of the world as I'm still not ready to give up on him, but I desperately want to. I could literally go on and on about this but I'll end it right there. Thoughts anyone? Ted and Ernie, you out there reading this?