The Washington Wizards entered the all-star break with a record of 25-27 good enough for the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference. If the Wizards were able to sustain this impressive start, they will end up in the playoffs for the first time in John Wall’s Wizards tenure. The Wizards have played well but most certainly not at such an uncontrollable pace that the same outcome can not be expected for the second half of the season. A couple of holes in their roster, mainly due to underperforming personnel may lead to some trades before the deadline. In this article I hope to address some trade possibilities as well as some steps the Wizards need to take in order to end up in the playoffs.
The main glaring holes in the Wizards’ rotation are a backup big man, either an upgrade or another solid small forward, and a backup point guard. Trade talk has greatly picked up recently as names like the winner of the 3 point contest, Beno Udrih, veteran power forward Taj Gibson, veteran point guard Luke Ridnour, and somewhat homegrown forward Greg Monroe. One of the main problems with the Wizards this season thus far is their lack of consistent bench play. Any of these previously named players would do wonders for the Wizards depth thus strengthening the possibility that they make a strong postseason run.
Luke Ridnour would be inserted into the rotation immediately as he is a definite upgrade over current backup guards Garrett Temple and Eric Maynor. The latter was paid rather handsomely to provide a solid backup for Wall as he had appeared to be a promising player coming out of college and with the Thunder. Ridnour is an esteemed guard with the ability to knock down open shots while also possessing the ability to run the offense.
Both Taj Gibson and Greg Monroe would provide depth on the inside for a relatively thin Wizards squad. Monroe is the younger of the two options who is simply the better overall player. That coupled with the fact that he attended Georgetown University close to the Verizon Center, home of the Wizards could lead to the Wizards pulling off a trade for him. With a better skillset than Gibson, the asking price for Monroe would definitely be higher than that of Gibson. However, Gibson would also be a highly serviceable option at back up big man. Gibson would also be a cheaper option and possibly allow the Wizards to acquire both a big man and guard depth.
No matter what the Wizards do exactly they need to make at least some move to bolster their roster before making the hometown stretch. This team is one or two small but key moves away from taking the next step as a franchise. With all of this trade talk there will be much excitement involving the Wizards down the stretch.