Here's a roundup of the latest NBA Mock Drafts and rumors as they relate to the Wizards:
-Draft Express' latest mock is out, and they have the Wizards taking Jan Vesely at No. 6 and Donatas Motiejunas at No. 18. On Vesely, Jonathan Givony reports that Vesely was only "average" at his workout on Sunday, due to a rough travel schedule, but that the Wizards still like him. On the 18th pick, this was somewhat troubling.
Washington is not married to this pick, according to reports, and could elect to trade it for a future first, a young prospect and/or cash if the right offer comes along.
Given the composition of this draft (horrible at the top, but fairly deep), that would be a bad idea. It's also not really a Ted Leonsis kind of thing to do.
-Speaking of Vesely, Nick Young is an admirer of him in part because he "can shoot the ball" and can play center in small lineups. This is reason 543545 why NBA players don't make great talent evaluators.
One rival executive is "almost positive" the Wizards will take Kanter with the sixth pick, or look to trade down. Washington would grab Biyombo with the 18th pick if he's still available, and otherwise would be comfortable with Kenneth Faried.
Kanter also goes No. 6 in the True Hoop Network mock draft.
-I'm not sure how reliable this source is, but I'd still rather keep 6 and 18 and draft Biyombo instead of sacrifice 18 to move up to 4.
-John Wall wears a Flyers hat. Gasp!
-Dwight Howard says he felt Gilbert Arenas was misused in Orlando. Pretty damming quote here (emphasis mine).
"I don't think our coach used him the right way, but I think he can do a lot of great things for our team. He promised me this summer he was going to get himself better, physically and mentally, so he can come back and have an awesome year. ... I just felt like he didn't get the opportunity to play his style but also play with me. I think he needed to. I think he got a couple of opportunities to do it in the playoffs, but it was kind of too late. So I think he will be great for us."