2013 NBA Draft: Washington Wizards Reportedly Have No Interest in Swapping No. 3 Pick For Luol Deng

By Paul Seaver
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA Today Sports

On Monday afternoon, it was reported that the Washington Wizards and Chicago Bulls were discussing a possible deal that would send Luol Deng to D.C. in exchange for the No. 3 pick and Emeka Okafor.

ESPN.com first reported that the two sides were in an exploratory mode, but it didn’t take very long for another report to refute the potential that it has. According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Wizards have no intention of trading the third overall selection for Deng. Lee credits two sources with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking.

Deng is heavily rumored to be on the trade block this off-season and that certainly could remain the case even if nothing amounts between the Bulls and the Wizards.

Even if Washington was considering this move, it’s a bit baffling. They have been linked to Otto Porter Jr. in most mocks and early draft reports and the 6-foot-8 small forward is younger and cheaper than Deng. The only obvious benefit would be relinquishing the contract of Okafor, which is over $14 million for next season. Yet, that still wouldn’t make sense considering the money that they’d be taking on with Deng for the 2013-14 season.

According to Lee and his sources, the Wizards fully intend on keeping the No. 3 pick and selecting someone in the draft. With that being said, Porter likely remains the best option alongside both John Wall and Bradley Beal on the perimeter. However, there will be other options, including Anthony Bennett.


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