By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 30, 2014
The Washington Wizards did not have a lot to do during the NBA draft, which is because they traded their first-round pick last season for Marcin Gortat. It remains to be seen whether they will retain the energetic center, but he would definitely be a player that they would miss. They also traded their second-round pick for cash considerations, and the following five moves would all be beneficial through free agency.
Kevin Durant is not going to be a free agent for some time, but he can still have a conversation with John Wall every now and then. Last year's MVP is from the DMV, and he would look pretty good in a Wizards uniform. He has batted away all talk of returning home, and I do not blame him; that is especially true once you consider the D.C. franchise's lack of success over the last few decades.
Keeping Andre Miller in the fold was good, but I do have my concerns about cap space moving forward. It seems like they are going to bring back the whole band, and I just question whether this is a group that will contend next season.
Trevor Ariza might get some love from the Miami Heat and other contenders, but he must realize that his success came mainly from John Wall setting him up in perfect position to finish plays. LeBron James could play a similar role, and I would also not count out Phil Jackson making a run at his former small forward. The main point is that the Wizards should only sign him at the right price.
I love Nene, but the reality is that he can have injury troubles from time to time. The timing worked out last year, but there is no guarantee that next season will be the same. They need a backup for their Brazilian big man.
I know that Wall and Bradley Beal are both studs, but the stone cold truth is that Wizards' management absolutely whiffed on the draft selections of both Otto Porter and Jan Vesely. Guilt must be admitted before I am willing to view their decision making in a positive light.
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