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Wizards making moves, trade for Ariza & Okafor

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) June 20, 2012 Trades 6 Comments on Wizards making moves, trade for Ariza & Okafor

The Washington Wizards are an intriguing team.  They have talent, but they haven’t been able to turn that talent into wins.  They started to re-make their roster last season, grabbing Nene from the Nuggets for JaVale McGee in a deal that also sent Nick Young to the Clippers.

Now, the Wizards are making more moves, sending Rashard Lewis and a second round pick for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.

Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through 2013-14 and are expected to provide an added veteran presence for a team that currently has seven players with less than three years of experience and will add two more rookies in the draft, with picks No. 3 and No. 32.

The Hornets take on one monster salary that will go away after this season (perhaps leading to a future trade for someone looking to clear cap space) while the Wizards grab a couple of capable players who, if expectations are tempered, can play decent roles.  With John Wall, Nene, Jan Vesely along with Ariza, Okafor and, it’s believed, Bradley Beal at the #3 pick, the Wizards hope to go from “young and maybe exciting” to “young, exciting, and fighting for the playoffs.

This move along doesn’t put the Wizards over the top or make them a playoff team, but it gets them closer.  Lewis is useless, and I’d rather have Okafor, a guy who is a decent defender and rebounder,  and Ariza, also a decent defender, they have two guys who can contribute on the defensive end.  From there, they hope Wall’s athleticism and freedom to work in a Young/McGee/Blatche-less system will help him.  He did improve post-trade this past season, so there’s hope that can continue.

At the very least, it should make the Wizards a tougher matchup when they roll into town, and it’s worth watching how this will all play out in Washington.

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  • KY Celts fan

    Some very smart moves from the Wizards. It looks like them and the Bucks can try and beat out NY for the bottom of the playoff bracket.

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    Dang, I was hoping we could aquire either Okafor or Ariza and there #10 pick, for our draft picks and a sign-n-trade. Maybe we can look at Kahman, and that #10 pick (which could net us Austin Rivers)

  • Lee in Oregon

    Wasn’t that long ago Rashard Lewis was a great scorer from just about everywhere on the floor. The guy’s going from the highest paid in the league to being amnestied. A bit surprised the Wiz took on okafur’s salary when they have Nene locked up long term at 13 mil a year……so Okafor could still be available at some point.

    • he can’t get amnestied after being traded. New Orleans will have to buy him out. That’s a cheaper option anyway. Under the amnesty, they would have had to pay him the full amount. The buyout is about $8 million less

  • kricky

    Wow. The Hornets got hosed. I can see why they wanted to move those two. But you’d think they could have gotten a lot more for than R. Lewis — who is pretty much done.

  • I think these trades are the GM’s way of saying to John Wall, “Okay, no more excuses.” If he doesn’t make that leap, he has no one else to blame it on but himself. Especially since so-called knuckleheads, McGee and Young made the playoffs once they were traded.