by Jack Maidment
If points were the only thing that mattered, the Washington Wizards would likely be in the mix for the title next year.
In exchange for the #5 pick in this year’s draft and 3 veterans the Wiz are now the proud owners of one of the most offensively capable teams in the League.
A squad which now includes Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, DeShawn Stevenson, Nick Young, Mike Miller and Randy Foye should be capable of hanging with any team in the scoring department.
Their trade partners, the Minnesota Timberwolves, now hold 4 first round picks: 5, 6, 18 and 28.
It is thought that they will try and trade up to acquire the #2 pick, currently held by the Memphis Grizzlies. If successful, the Wolves will take Ricky Rubio second overall on Draft night.
They believe that the Spaniard’s talents and personality might be enough to reinvigorate a franchise that has struggled for support in recent years, especially since Kevin Garnett’s departure to the Boston Celtics.
Even if they are unable to swap with Memphis, picking at 5 and 6 gives them a great chance at upgrading their squad with at 2 exciting, young players.
Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and Tyreke Evans are all likely to still be on the board when the Wolves’ time comes.
The deal also puts the Timberwolves in a strong financial position for 2010 with a large number of expiring contracts in their possession.
This means that the Wolves will have the chance to sign some big time free agents. Only for them to be rejected.
Even so, the Wolves will be young and exciting next year.
Not so young but perhaps more exciting will be the Wizards. Injury dependant that is.