Irreverent But Possibly Irrelevant Wizards Trades That Could Unlikely Happen | Truth About It.net

Irreverent But Possibly Irrelevant Wizards Trades That Could Unlikely Happen

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Updated: February 19, 2014

NBA trade season is upon us, breathing down our necks like Puff the Magic Dragon, unintentionally but deceptively singeing hairs (but also cleaning up that neck) at the same time.

Randy Wittman insists that he don’t need nobody. (When he really should be doing a karaoke rendition of David Lee Roth’s “I Ain’t Got Nobody” cover.)

Nevertheless, some of the TAI crew is here to serenade you with ESPN Trade Machine button-clicking with some feasible but probably totally unlikely trade ideas that might or might not help the Wizards. Leggo.


 

@Truth_About_It:

Chris Singleton and Al Harrington to the New York Knicks
for Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

Why, exactly what the Wizards need (I think). More Metta. More Peace. More crazy muscle. More Beno.

Less Uncle Al. More Cap’n Ron. Less Chris Singleton. More ‘Who Knows?

This is crazy enough to be halfway crazy.


 

@Truth_About_It:

Chris Singleton and Garrett Temple to the Milwaukee Bucks
for Gary Neal.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

But really, Gary Neal, local DMV product, can probably be had for relative peanuts. Sure, the Wizards would be adding a tiny bit of extra salary in 2014-15 (on top of presumably continuing to deal with the Eric Maynor problem), but Neal is just well-rounded enough, despite his faults, to provide a significant upgrade over both Garrett Temple and Eric Maynor. Plus, Gary was a Spur … and you know how much Ted Leonsis wants to emulate the Spurs.


 

@AdamMcGinnis:

Jan Vesely to the Sacramento Kings
for Jimmer Fredette.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

This is a simple trade. Wizards need some bench scoring and the outside shooting of Fredette could provide some depth at the backup point guard position. Vesely would bring energy to the Kings with hustle and dunks. Both players had their contract options declined by their respective teams for the 2014-15 season and this would be a relatively equal swap of former 2011 NBA Lottery picks. A change of scenery might be beneficial to both players, as their NBA careers are in doubt for next season. Room for Vesely on the Kings’ roster would probably be created by Sacramento trading away Jason Thompson in a separate deal.


 

@ConorDDirks:

Martell Webster, Kevin Seraphin, and Al Harrington to the Milwaukee Bucks
for Luke Ridnour, Gary Neal, and John Henson.

[click images to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com]

[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

The Milwaukee Bucks are an interesting trade partner. They’ve committed long-term money to Ersan Ilyasova, Zaza Pachulia and Larry Sanders, making John Henson an intriguing target to pair with a backup point guard like Ridnour and an under-performing and unhappy Gary Neal. Formerly considered untouchable, Henson is no longer on that vaunted list (which, according to Gary Woelfel of the Racine Journal Times, only includes Brandon Knight, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Khris Middleton).

Henson is young, affordable, intelligent, and very talented. If the tanking Bucks are willing to sacrifice depth in a frontcourt that has been very, very injured this year for a long-term piece elsewhere in Martell Webster and retain financial flexibility otherwise with the expiring contracts of Seraphin and Singleton, the Wizards could be game. It may be, though, that Henson only becomes available if the Wizards are willing to take on a significant salary, like that of O.J. Mayo (Woelfel mentions that Henson is being “dangled” in deals of that nature). If that’s the case, this trade could look a bit different.

Whatever the potential deal may be, I would be incredibly sad to see Martell Webster go. His locker room presence makes a deal like this somewhat unlikely, but if the Wizards want to acquire depth, it will come at a price. Webster represents Washington’s only real asset that is not completely essential (given the acquisition of depth elsewhere in his stead) to this year’s playoff run. Ridnour isn’t as good as Milwaukee’s third-string point guard, Nate Wolters, but he’s a definite upgrade from the forgotten one, Eric Maynor, and this trade addresses Washington’s need for additional, inexpensive depth at shooting guard and center.


 

@Truth_About_It:

Jan Vesely, Eric Maynor, and Chris Singleton to the Denver Nuggets
for Andre Miller and Anthony Randolph.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

OK, this is clearly a cry for help.

Not sure who is crying or who is “helped” the most.

Perhaps both all involved and none of the above at the same time.


@JohnCTownsend:

Kevin Seraphin to the San Antonio Spurs
for Jeff Ayres and Cory Joseph.

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Cory Joseph, 22, is a guy the Wizards should target. This Canadian international has started just 23 games in his three seasons in the NBA (13 starts this year, in place of Tony Parker), but would be the second-best point guard in the DMV as soon as he landed at DCA.

Joseph has become a more vocal leader on the floor, as his game has improved, something fellow Canadian national team members like Steve Nash and Jermaine Anderson have noticed. And because his contract runs through next season, he could keep Eric Maynor and his player option firmly planted on the bench where they belong. Plus, Joseph’s skill set even works with Randy Wittman’s terrible, ancient and inefficient offense. Fun Fact: He’s hitting nearly 50 percent of his shots from midrange.

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In return for Joseph’s services, and throw-in Jeff Ayers, the Wizards would give San Antonio a taste of #KSLife. On paper it makes a lot of sense. Kevin Séraphin is a Euro. (See that accent aigu? #SoSpurs.) He could provide low-post scoring to complement the likes of Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter and Boris Diaw. And he’s generally regarded as a very coachable player. (In reality, he’s a guy that won’t hang his head when a coach, furious, spits in his face a little bit.)

The Wizards would have to cut a player. The most obvious candidate: Al Harrington. Easy. Done.

This trade will not happen, of course, because the Spurs would likely rather have both Joseph and Patty Mills in line behind Tony Parker (currently out for the “foreseeable future“) than Seraphin’s inconsistent ability to put the ball in the hoop. Merde!


 

@DDiamond:

Otto Porter, Jr. and Jan Vesely for the All-Star Game MVP and an ex-Wizard. 
Suuuuuuure.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

Everyone’s eying Jarrett Jack—but why settle? Kyrie’s frustrated in Cleveland, and he’d make a great third guard for the Wizards (who would surely lock up the third seed with him on the roster).

[Ed. Note: This is 'So Dan Diamond'. —Kyle W.]


 

@Truth_About_It:

Trevor Ariza and Garrett Temple to the Los Angeles Lakers
for Steve Blake, Chris Kaman, and Nick Young.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

This trade is perfect for laughs and would wreak havoc on giggles.

Not completely sure why the Lakers would do this. (Not sure why the Wizards would do this.)

Perhaps for the memories. Perhaps for old times’ sake. Perhaps if the Wizards include the 2015 second round pick owed to them by the New Orleans Pelicans.


 

@Truth_About_It:

Trevor Booker, Eric Maynor, and Garrett Temple
for the Minnesota Timberwolves for J.J. Barea and A.J. Price.

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[Click image to view trade in your web browser via ESPN.com.]

For more shits and giggles, but mostly shits.

Wait, why are we still here?

 

… Wizards … Trade Deadline … Crickets of Doom …


 

 


One Comment

  1. gimpcom187

    February 20, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Just saw a rumor about Deng. Beyond stupid as he is too old (most wings diminish in their early 30s and are barely rotation players by 32-33) and likely will cost 10 million plus for a guy worth 6-8 million. Leonsis needs to get a clue about this team. They’ve made two decent picks out of 5 (FIVE) top 6 picks. Wall was a no brainer and looks to be a nice second tier All-star (which is an average pick for a number 1 overall). Beal has a shot to be a second tier All-star. Vesely is unplayable, Porter looks to be headed down that path and they gave up a 5th pick for 2 backup wings (Miller and Foye) whom they should have been able to get at least one equivalent to in Free agency. This team is run in a manner where it is CLEAR they can’t draft well and they only make trades for guys that are clearly overpaid. Ariza is a 5 million dollar player getting 7.5. Nene is an 8-10 million dollar guy getting 13 million.
    The coach is a good defense poor offensive mind. They haven’t gotten a legitimate backup PG since wall has been on the team. (maynor eats into their cap space for this summer too and is ABSOLUTELY worthless). None of their later 1st round picks has worked out into a legit top 8-9 rotation player either. Seraphin and Booker are borderline 4th best bigs, but on a playoff team should be 5th best (which is to say they wouldn’t play at all in the playoffs). Singleton is worthless.

    The truth is this team should be putting together a plan to make an attempt to acquire Kevin Love. With Wall and Beal if they had a good GM he is a good fit for them. If they could get Asik as well and a couple of 3 and D wings this team would have the ingredients to a very good team (even with Gortat instead of Asik it’s a team that would push the Pacers/Heat/Bulls to a game 6/7 in a year or two with a good coach). I don’t get why Leonsis is either happy maxing out at a 45-50 win team with no shot of advancing beyond round 2. It’s clear that is all Grunfeld is capable of building. If you don’t have a top 5 guy the only way to have a championship calibre team is to draft well and be able to find cheap pieces and win trades more often than not. Grunfeld doesn’t do either of these.

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