Wednesday Wizards Report
Since last week the Wizards have stumbled a bit and went 1-3 over that stretch. All three losses were on our mini road trip which saw us lose to The Sixers, The Grizzlies, and The Spurs. After our three game losing streak the Wiz got a win Monday over a Griffin-less and Paul-less Clippers team in the Phone Booth. Monday’s game against the Clips was by far our best performance since last Wednesday, but with the Clippers’ best two players out, we should beat them.
But after watching a week of basketball and hearing trade rumblings across the league, none of which really talk about the Wizards making a move, I’m taking it upon myself to stir up some rumblings of two trades I would love to see the Wiz pursue. You have to remember though, Grunfeld is still the GM, and his forte isn’t making sound trades that really help this team out. So that’s why I’m here, to entertain the idea of two trades that could really help the Wiz moving forward. So let’s dig right in.
-Trevor Ariza and Kevin Seraphin for Derrick Williams and Luke Ridnour
This trade is courtesy of Trevor and I couldn’t agree more with it. I love pretty much everyone on the Wizards roster except Seraphin and Ariza. Both of them have become black holes on the offensive side of the court for us (Seraphin because he wont pass…Ariza because he can’t shoot), Seraphin especially. I think it’s time for us to move on from the Seraphin experiment and let him shoot other teams into a deep dark hole that consists of baby hooks and fadeaways. Ariza brings some nice things to the team, but he has gotten in the habit of jacking threes as soon as he steps on the court. Both of these players I was excited about coming into the season but that excitement has turned into sourness and I’m ready for a change.
Derrick Williams hasn’t gained much playing time in his stint in Minnesota and I think he could use a change of scenery for sure. Also the T-wolves are filled with PGs on their roster so Ridnour is easily expendable and he needs to be included in this trade to make salaries match. In this trade the T-Wolves get a solid Wing defender in Ariza and would clear 8 million of cap space after next year. In Seraphin they get an offensive minded big to match with their defensive centers in Pekovic and Stiesmsma. The Wiz would get an athletic combo forward that could run up and down the court and I think would thrive with John Wall in Williams. Ridnour would also give them another veteran PG in John Wall’s ear and if they don’t want him long term, I’m sure the Wiz could flip him to a third team for a pick and/or cash or flip him to a third team for someone on a one year contract to clear up some cap space.
Most trades aren’t really win-win scenarios most of the time, but I really do think this is one. But again, if it’s a trade that makes sense, Grunfeld probably isn’t interested in it. Now on to trade 2 which I still have mixed feelings about, but I would pull the trigger on.
-Nene and Kevin Seraphin for Zach Randolph and Toronto’s 2nd round pick
There have been rumblings that the Grizzlies may still want to trade Randolph even after the Rudy Gay trade. Enter the Washington Wizards. As much as it pains me to put Nene in a trade, I think this would benefit the Wiz. Randolph would provide a true 15-20 points a night post scorer who you can just give the ball to on the block and let him go to work. I think he would be a good fit beside rebounding machine Emeka Okafor and he could even play center in our smaller line-ups. Even though Randolph’s salary is higher than Nene’s, it is a year shorter than Nene’s deal. Also scoring the Raptors 2nd round pick would give the Wizards three second round picks that could easily be packaged with one of our young players for a first rounder.
Memphis would get a cheaper alternative to Randolph in Nene who would fit nicely beside Marc Gasol. This would make the Grizzlies salary even lower and give them more room to add some veteran pieces in the off-season. Also they would get a young developing big in Seraphin whose offense first game would also be a nice fit beside Marc Gasol and Ed Davis.
This trade does have me leery though taking back Randolph’s monster contract and the fact that he is 31 years old. But like I said, his contract is one year shorter than Nene’s who is 30 years old. If you’re going to pay $13 million a year to Nene, why not pay Randolph a few million more for a year shorter.
I hope that Grunfeld can venture into some possible good trades that are out there, especially these two. But again, we’ve learned from past experiences that we should never hold our breaths when it comes to Grunfeld making smart moves.
With the trade deadline two weeks from tomorrow, let’s hope some interesting trade prospects pop up for the Wizards. Tonight the Wiz host the Knicks in the Phone Booth and Friday we battle New York’s other team, The Brooklyn Nets, also in the Phone Booth. Let’s hope that the Wiz can show New York how it’s done these next two games!
But until Next Wednesday, Stay Steezy my friends!