The Wizards are putting together a nice crew of young players in Bradley Beal, John Wall, Otto Porter, Glen Rice and now Shannon Brown and Gortat. But as a result of this trade, the Wiz just declined to pick up next year’s option on Jan Vesely (7’0”), a recent first round 6th pick and Chris Singleton (6’9”), a defensive specialist out of Florida State. Under the right tutelage, Vesely might be an interesting pickup on the cheap in the near future. On the same token, it looks like the Suns are rebuilding through the draft, picking up their 4th first round pick in next year’s NBA draft. Is there going to be a race between Phoenix and Philly for this year’s cellar dweller?
But I have to agree, I wonder what the Spurs might have had to give up to go after Gortat. Then again, the Suns unloaded a lot of baggage to match Okafor’s salary, but getting that first round pick in return didn’t hurt any either. Of course, if the Suns buy out Okafor and he becomes a free agent, we still have that 15th roster spot for a minimum salaried player, if we are looking for an injury prone player.
I started out with nothing and I have most of it left.