Hi everyone. Usually, I write on the top stories of the week on the weekend. But with the news of a big trade that went awry and was salvaged, I think that was really the top story.
But now that the news is settling in, let’s review last week.
Just as it seems like the Wizards were going to turn a corner .... they lose many games in a row. That’s this team’s mantra unfortunately. Losses to the Pacers on Dec. 10 and the Celtics on Dec. 12 are understandable to a point. But the Wizards’ losses to the Cavaliers on Dec. 8 and the Nets on Dec. 14 just aren’t the type of results a playoff team is supposed to have. Al it does is just confirm that the Wizards are a lottery team and need to start planning their medium term and long term future accordingly.
Not everything was bad on the court. On Sunday, the Wizards hosted the Lakers, thrashing them in a 128-110 win when LeBron James had a bad night at the office. The Wizards have pulled out these types of wins before. And they will do so when other “glamour” teams come to town. So I’m not surprised that the Wizards won. And I didn’t forget:
But we are already through one-third of the season yet the Wizards are still below .500 and a playoff berth if the playoffs started today. Since making the playoffs or being .500 is a virtual baseline, wouldn’t this year trigger major changes after the season ends? I hope the Wizards can right the ship, but I am not convinced that it will happen.
Now let’s talk about the trade! Welcome back Trevor!
On Friday during their loss to the Nets, the Wizards acquired Trevor Ariza from the Suns while sending Kelly Oubre to the Grizzlies and Austin Rivers to the Suns. The Grizzlies were going to trade veteran Marshon Brooks, but the Suns wanted young prospect Dillon Brooks and thought they were getting him. But the Suns and Grizzlies never talked to each other directly about it and the Wizards played intermediary. So that deal fell apart.
The next day, the Suns and Wizards made their trade where Washington received Ariza while the Suns got Oubre and Rivers. Getting Ariza for his second tour of duty in Washington is an upgrade but it also shows the front office’s incompetence at developing talent beyond those picked in the Top 3 of the NBA Draft.
The Wizards finally announced the move on Monday.
And more links
And here is some more information on the web.
- Matt Ellentuck of SBNation.com wrote about the winners and losers from the trade fiasco.
- Tom Ziller says it like it is: The Wizards are clinging on the hopes of one more big playoff run.
- Some grades on the trade from azcentral sports.
- And here is the Wizards’ official podcast where they go over the trade.
Alright, that’s what I have. Have a great week everyone!