I know I am going to get skewered for this and I understand why to some degree, but in a weak draft like this the three pick is really more like a 5-7 in an average year. Ernie is not a great drafter, and we could really get some talent for this pick so i say we should trade it. utah is a team looking to move up and they definitely have some great pieces. If the Jazz offered a package like Favors, Burks/ Hayward/14 pick I would do it. If the Kings offered Cousins and Patterson for the 3 pick and Singleton/Vesely/Booker I would absolutely do it.
I am not Mike Wise. I understand that the Wizards have much more than this year, and that yeah we want to make the playoffs now, but 2015-2020 is the most important block. I don't want to trade the pick for veterans. I am a huge fan, however, of trading draft pick for established YOUNG players with high ceilings. I find them to be more of a sure thing than draft picks. Just imagine if last year, we took Orlando up on their offer of Harden for Beal. Beal is good, but Harden- he is a legit superstar. Nobody in their right mind takes Beal over Harden and thats not a knock on Beal.
I would also trade the pick to a bad team like Charlotte or Orlando for a 2014 first rounder. That is a much better, deeper draft and who knows maybe we get Wiggins. If Orlando offered a 2014 1st rounder and Tobias Harris for our 2014 and 2013 1st rounders I would do it. If Charlotte offered the same deal with MKG instead of Harris I would have to say yes.
Ultimately we are not going to trade the pick and I agree with that. I think that the only way we trade the pick is if someone overpays for it and all the above scenarios are indeed overpaying for a three pick in a weak draft class. But, if someone decides to overwhelm us and give up young players for the pick? Then do it. The point of the fan post was not to say trade the pick but to say do not out rule trading the pick, keep all options open. I am sure Porter, Oladipo, Muhammed or even Noel would be great for us. A top 3 pick usually works out and I expect it to with us. I am edited about the future of our Wall/ Beal/ 3 pick core trio, but I' be more excited about Wall/ Beal/ Cousins trio with Patterson