Why the Wiz Shouldn't Make a Mid-Season Trade

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It's that time of year again.

The Wiz have put together another talented-yet-flawed roster. And so cue the trade rumors, because they happen every year. At some point in the season, a clear need, usually driven by an off-season misstep, appears and Ernie Grunfeld will make some push to address this need through a trade.

Last year, it was a stretch four, who most Wiz fans had been requesting for years. This need was addressed through the Markieff Morris trade for which the Wiz gave up a first round draft pick.

A season prior, we needed a backup point guard. We traded for Ramon Sessions. The year before that, we still needed a backup point guard, and traded for Andre Miller. Before that? You bet. We needed a center and traded for Marcin Gortat. It doesn't stop there. For as long as The Ern has run the team, we've made trades to fix problems. Look at Nene. At Rashard Lewis. Heck, even Caron Butler came here through a trade.

If you've followed this team at all, you know that the Wizards more than any other team use mid-season trades to address needs. This year, the Wiz are in bad need of depth at guard. And for once, I'm hoping the Wiz don't make a trade to fix their problems.

It's not that these trades have uniformly worked out poorly. In fact, the one thing Ernie seems to be fairly consistent at is getting talented players through trades.

The deeper problem, however, is that they are trying to fix past mistakes instead of anticipating future issues that may arise. At a certain point, you have to take your losses and move forward, as opposed to perpetually remedy your errors.

It's not that the best teams don't make mistakes. It's that they accept mistakes, move on, and do their best to anticipate future ones. Take the Lakers for example. Here is a storied franchise which has had a terrible past couple of seasons. They've made a number of mistakes. The massive Kobe contract for example. Byron Scott. Probably drafting D'Angelo Russell (although I'll give them the benefit of the doubt there). Despite these mistakes, they haven't panicked. They aren't trying to ship Russell plus a pick for a guy like Jeff Teague or some other desirable point guard (Is there a more Grunfeld-esque move than that?).

My point here isn't that the Lakers are a great team. My point is, well, they're 500-ish in the West and the Wiz are well-below .500 in the East. I still think the Wizard are a good team, but what's holding us back isn't Monta Ellis coming off the bench in exchange for a first round pick. We need to accept this team's flaws and build for the future. Look at improving the bench next season. Take baby steps. Don't try and right the whole ship in one off-season. That's how you screw things up. That's how, for example, you wind up signing three centers in an effort to address depth at center and end up compromising your depth at guard.

It's not even that we should put all our eggs in the draft either. The NBA Draft has just two rounds. It takes years to build an entire roster of talent through the draft alone. Instead, just take a measured approach. Take your time and make smart, reasonable moves. Maybe this off-season our only move is signing a guy like Anthony Morrow. That's okay. I'll take it.

Let's assume Otto Porter walks this off-season. I don't want to see us sign three small forwards in the hopes that one of them will replace him.

And finally, I hope the Wiz don't trade to strengthen their bench this season. Marcus Thornton may have no business as a sixth man. We may sorely need a backup point guard. But let's do our best to address those issues through the draft and through free agency next season. More importantly, let's think about how we're going to address Wall's looming contract negotiations. Believe it or not, now is the time to start thinking about it. At least, it would be for a good team....

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