I think sometimes people get the mentality of the NFL draft and want to apply it to the NFL draft. Guys like Bill Belichek have won Super Bowls based on their ability to work the draft. In the NBA, there is less talent and less parity. So the idea of trading down was not something I thought of until now.
I want to love Otto Porter because he went to Georgetown and everyone tells me that he is just what we need. But is he? Porter had a great season last year, but does anyone truly believe he will grow past what he is? Is he, in short, a true number three pick? The Wizards have a lot going for them coming into this year. John Wall played near-elite ball in March and April, and he will have an entire off-season healthy to prepare. Bradley Beal has been through an entire NBA season and knows what he needs to do now. Okafor and Nene brought toughness, leadership, and maturity that has been lacking for a long time in DC. Above all, Randy Wittman did an incredibly underrated job in getting what he could from these guys and turning them into the #6 overall defensive team.
So if this is a bottom-heavy draft, why force a third pick from a group of prospects that probably wouldn't be there in another year. There are a couple of gems out there, and there are two guys with tremendous upside - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Shabazz Muhammad. I won't use this space to talk about each guy, others can do it better than I. However, here is what I propose.
Trade the #3 and Jan Vesely to Minnesota for Derrick Williams and the #9 pick. This is contingent, of course, on Orlando not taking VIctor Oladipo, since that is the carrot that Minnesota will want. With the #9 pick, we could then select either Muhammad or Caldwell-Pope. I personally would take KCP because I think Shabazz has enough character red flags that this franchise, just past the McGee/Arenas/Blatche/Young era, can't risk that again. Caldwell-Pope would be a great wing player to go with Wall, Beal, and (hopefully) Williams.
Another scenario could be Oklahoma CIty, especially Alex Len is still on.
I really don't want this to be about some strange trade that can never happen. The circumstances would have to be right. I wouldn't suggest trading down just to do it, for no reason other than to do it. But I have this feeling like we are forcing ourselves to believe Otto Porter (or Anthony Bennett) is something he isn't so we can justify a #3 pick on him. But if we can get a budding young talent who fits our need and needs a new start, like Derrick Williams, this could really work.