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Ted Leonsis Want More Draft Picks? Maybe He Can Buy Some

Updated: June 12, 2010

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ESPN’s Chris Sheridan has a report on TrueHoop indicating that the asking price for a spare 2nd round pick starts at $1.5 million.

Sheridan writes:

Teams with multiple picks at the middle-to-bottom of the second round include Minnesota (Nos. 45 and 56), Phoenix (46 and 60) and the Lakers (Nos. 43 and 58). Financial logic would also dictate that the Knicks might have a shot at buying the No. 55 pick from the Utah Jazz, who must pay a luxury tax bill of nearly $2 million for the 2009-10 season. The Lakers ($21.4 million) and Suns ($5.04 million) also are tax-paying teams and also probably wouldn’t mind dipping into Jim Dolan’s deep pockets to help pay their bills.

As you can see, the perception is that the Knicks are most willing to spend money, obviously.  But why not Ted Leonsis?

The Wizards need more players … the six under contract and four draft picks still only equals 10. The $1.5 million (or more) should be seen as an investment.

Or, since Flip Saunders thinks this is a deep draft, the Wizards trust their scouting team, buy a pick, and find a way to make up losing out on Dejuan Blair to fans, doing the opposite of what the team did last year, which was sell 32nd pick Jermain Taylor to the Houston Rockets for $2.5 million.

If the Wizards land one of those late picks Sheridan mentions, Derrick Caracter could be a sleeper option. His body looked good in his workout with the Wizards and a lot of people are saying he has really turned a page attitude-wise. Plus, the Wiz are rather frail down low, they could use a bruiser.

This would also allow Ernie Grunfeld to go after a guard with the 30th or 35th picks (still reserving one of those for a big man though) … Greivis Vasquez or Dominique Jones anyone?

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