That's basically all I've got with this trade right now. The following players are now in contention for the starting shooting guard spot.
- Mike Miller
- Randy Foye
- DeShawn Stevenson
- Nick Young
- Dominic McGuire
- Mike James
- Javaris Crittenton
Good luck finding 100 or so minutes for all seven of those guys. Meanwhile, Antawn Jamison and Brendan Haywood are currently being backed up exclusively by Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee. Time to grow up, I guess.
I'll have much more on this later, but there has to be another move out there to balance the roster for this trade to make much sense. The Wizards needed perimeter shooting, sure, but not at the expense of having no frontcourt players. Why else would DeShawn kept while Darius was shipped out? I don't know, it's odd. Was that really a dealbreaker?
Foye's got some game, and Miller isn't nearly as bad as he was in Minnesota last year, but it seems the Wiz tried to do a zillion things at once (add a veteran, cut salary, upgrade the team) instead of sticking to a path and going on it. Hopefully this is just a start, and if so, kudos to management, but I'd definitely be disappointed if this is our big move.
About the one thing we can say is that we're better tomorrow than we were at the start of the day. This trade leaves way more questions than answers, though. Namely:
- How are we going to divide minutes among seven players for 48 minutes at shooting guard and whatever scraps are left behind Arenas and Butler?
- This trade does nothing to help our defense. How do we do that?
- Why make the trade today and not hold out for more on draft day, in case Thabeet or Rubio slips?
- If perimeter shooting was what we were after, why not just draft Stephen Curry?
- Why decimate our frontcourt to make this move?
- What's the long-term future of Foye and Miller on this team?
- What about Nick Young, Javaris Crittenton and Dominic McGuire?
- What's the second move?
- Do we even have enough assets left to make a second move?
So much for trading for a "sure thing."