It has been a little excruciating to watch the league morph through the draft and free agency as, once again, the Wizards sit back. The inevitable signing of Roger Mason or Cartier Martin is all we have to look forward to, not discounting the drafting of Bradley Beal and the infamous Ariza and Okafor acquisition.
I hated the trade but quickly got over it, and dread the constant hand wringing that will follow over every deal that is done. But "small victories" are something that San Antonio, Boston and OKC are so brilliant at. Let's take a look at some of those small victories, and wonder, why not us? These are those DeJuan Blair kind of oopsie, why didn't we do that moves ...
In the poll, you can pick which one hurt the most.
The Wizards traded the 46th pick away to get rid of Lewis. Could they have used that pick along with #32 to get Jared Sullinger, who went at #21 to Boston, or Perry Jones III, who went to OKC at 28? Heck, even Miles Plumlee at #26. Not sure that trade would have been possible, but these two prospects could be very good. I mean, like waaay better than Tomas good.
And speaking of Tomas, how about some guys drafted AFTER him. I watched a little bit of Tyshawn Taylor in Summer League, and boy does he look explosive. After that, you've got Quincy Miller, Doron Lamb and Kim English. I think Taylor might be an upgrade over Mack.
How about free agency and cap moves? Well, I think the one that stung a lot of us was the sign and trade between Orlando and New Orleans for Ryan Anderson because Rashard got a buyout, the Hornets got cap space, and they got a nice strech forward to put next to Anthony Davis. Oh well.
Then there are the free agents who signed big deals: Ilyasova got 5 years, $45 million and stayed with the Bucks, Batum is still in play but is at 4 years, $45 million, Hibbert at 4 years, $58 million and climbing.
Did I miss anything? To regroup, the Wiz made a trade for Ariza and Okafor, drafted To "No" Mas, and will probably end up with Roger Mason and Cartier Martin. Not very exciting. Oh, and let's not forget Prada's boiiii, Dorell Wright.