In his latest column, the Washington Post's Mike Wise tries to make the case that the Wizards should trade the number 3 pick in the 2013 draft. Sure, the Wiz could land Otto Porter or Victor Oladipo, Wise reasons, but neither player is a sure bet to contribute significantly to a playoff run for Washington next season. For this reason, Wise suggests the Wiz should trade the pick for an "established veteran."
I'm not opposed to trading the pick if we can get a player who can help the Wizards become a title contender, but I don't know who they could legitimately trade the pick for that could actually do that. My bigger problem with Wise's column is that he argues against acquiring an asset that can make the team better in the future in order to get a veteran who can help them make the playoffs now. "Postseason or bust," Wise writes, clarifying that this veteran should help the team reach the second round for the first time since 2005.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for reaching the second round, but only because it's necessary to stop on the way to the Conference Finals then the NBA Finals. Having the second round as a goal is idiotic. Sure, I'd much rather see the Wiz make the playoffs than land in the lottery year after year, but the ultimate goal is to take a crack at a championship, and any move that doesn't aim for that as a goal is a bad move in my book.