The worst the Wizards could have done in the lottery was 11. Since most of us resigned ourselves to that fate before lucking out, and because the possibility of trading back is strong, it’s useful (and fun) to look at some potential trades (both plausible and implausible). These deals would involve the Wizards packaging the number 3 pick with a veteran and getting a later pick plus a better veteran in return.
4. Charlotte Bobcats
Target: Bismack Biyombo
Rationale: Bismack has only been so-so, but he’s still in development. He could provide some rebounding, defense and intensity off the bench.
Plausibility: Low. I’d rather have him than Jan or Seraphin, but that’s not saying much. Still, if Charlotte is intent on drafting at three, it would be an upgrade for the Wizards player-wise, without slipping back so far in the draft. Makes sense depending on the board.
5. Phoenix Suns
Target: Marcin Gortat
Rationale: Not much to support this trade, other than that Gortat is a beast and, unlike Okafor and Nene, under 30 (barely).
Plausibility: Very low. Unlikely that Ernie would want Gortat with Okafor and Nene entrenched. Additionally, Gortat becomes an unrestricted free agent after the 2013-14 season, so he could bounce after one year.
6. New Orleans Pelicans
Target: Ryan Anderson
Rationale: So, John Wall and Martell Webster want a stretch 4? Well, here he is. Anderson is a legit 6-10 PF who can shoot the three and do a little of everything. He’s also on a very reasonable long-term contract, locked up through 2015-16 for about $8.5 million/year.
Plausibility: Low. New Orleans would be attracted to this deal because it would give them a chance to draft Ben McLemore or Victor Oladipo. Things don’t seem to be working out with Eric Gordon and he could be shipped elsewhere in another deal. But the Pelicans could be just as happy drafting Alex Len with the sixth pick.
7. Sacramento Kings
Target: Tyreke Evans
Rationale: Tryeke adds some much needed scoring. He’s not much of a shooter from long range, though he did show improvement last year. The Kings have been willing to listen to trade offers in the past.
Plausibility: Medium. If Ernie convinces himself that Tyreke can play the three, he fills a crucial need. If Sacramento (finally) deals DeMarcus Cousins, moving up puts them in a position to draft Anthony Bennett or Alex Len, who will likely be gone at seven. Trey Burke would also be in play.
8. Detroit Pistons
Target: Greg Monroe
Rationale: Monroe is a beast, he’s young, and he’s a solution at PF/C for the long-term. Secondarily, he’s a hometown product.
Plausibility: Low. The Monroe scenario has been mentioned in a bunch of places – but that doesn’t make it likely. Monroe is a rising star who could easily average 18/10 next year. Detroit could make this deal with Washington if Porter is still on the board, but even that seems a stretch.
9. Minnesota Timberwolves
Target: Derrick Williams
Rationale: Williams is a SF/PF who is super athletic and can do a bit of everything. His career so far has been up and down, but the potential is there and a fresh start could jolt him. He’s been rumored in trade talks before.
Plausibility: Medium. Supposedly Flip Saunders is enamored with Victor Oladipo, who won’t be around at nine. This would actually be a decent trade for the Wizards. I much prefer picking Porter or Bennett at three, but of the deals Ernie might swing, Williams could be a nice addition.
10. Portland Trailblazers
Target: Wesley Matthews
Rationale: He can shoot and plays with intensity. Ernie might convince himself that Wes, a two, can play the three.
Plausibility: Low. He’s pretty much a pure two.
11. Philadelphia Sixers
Target: Thaddeus Young
Rationale: Beastly, young, super athletic forward who plays lockdown defense and can score inside. He’s not much of a shooter, but the potential is there. He’s also on a reasonable long-term deal, locked up through 2014-15 at about $8.5 million/year, with a player option of $9.7 million in 2015-16.
Plausibility: Medium. This scenario has been mentioned elsewhere. Along with Derrick Williams, Thad has at least somewhat of a chance ending up in a Wizards jersey. He would complement Wall’s athleticism, giving Washington a faster-paced squad. Could make sense for Philadelphia if they want Oladipo, McLemore or Bennett, but Thad would be hard to part with.