Greetings Wizards fans from a Wolves fan who has been looking at both of our rosters and can't help but be reminded of swiss cheese. I think we can help each other, much like how when you traded us the #5 pick (Rubio) for Mike Miller and Randy Foye. I kid I kid, that was uncalled for, sorry.
I'll just go ahead and post my trade idea and explain why I think it works:
Michael Beasley SF - 1 year, $6.3 mil
Luke Ridnour PG - 3 years, $3.7 mil
Nikola Pekovic PF - 2 years, $4.5 mil
Martell Webster SG - 1 year, $5.3 mil (2nd year is unguaranteed)
Hmady Ndiaye (or however you spell it)
For the Wolves, it is simple, we need a SG that can play 30 mpg and score the ball. Right now we have Ridnour starting there and he's doing his best but it's a less than ideal situation to say the least. Our other SGs Wayne Ellington and Wes Johnson, are complete trash. Nick Young, or as I like to call him "SG Mike Beasley", would be a good fit on this team. As for Rashard Lewis, I don't have too much hope for him, but if anyone can fix his shot, it's Rubio with his uncanny ability to set his teammates up for wide open 3 pointers. Even if he continues being not so good, he's still better than Wes Johnson.
For the Wizards, from my point of view this trade is all about shaking things up and filling holes. Ridnour is a nice backup PG with the ability to play SG because he is one of the best shooters in the league. In my opinion it would benefit Wall greatly if he had a veteran such as Ridnour to help him out at PG. Beasley is a talented scorer that would play big minutes at SF until the rookies are ready to take over. He will be a restricted free agent so you would get a free look for the rest of the season as to whether you want to re-sign him or not. He could also get some opportunities at PF on your team that are unrealistic on the Wolves with Love and Derrick Williams at that position. Martell Webster is currently hurt and is hurt quite a lot, but when he's healthy he was top 10 in the NBA in 3 point shooting last year and is a good defender. If it doesn't work out, his contract is nearly completely unguaranteed next year so there is no risk involved. Nikola Pekovic is a good low post scorer and as strong as any player in the NBA, but he has struggled to adjust to the NBA so far and fouls way too much. He's buried on the wolves roster because half of our team is power forwards, but I think he could help another team in a limited backup role. Ridnour, Webster, and Pekovic are all good teammates that would steady your locker room dynamic. Beasley is a good guy that makes dumb decisions, but is by no means a cancer. Plus he's from the DC area, that has to count for something right? If this trade were to happen, I'm assuming you would probably cut Roger Mason to get back down to 15 players.
In conclusion, I think this trade would help both teams, maybe only slightly but it still helps. Maybe I am way off-base here on the value of some of these players, it's tough to know how much fans of other teams value their players. Let me know what you think in the comments and feel free to rip on me if you think this is a terrible trade!