I’ve received several frantic e-mails in regards to the ESPN report about the Wizards trying to trade up to get the No. 3 pick and improve their chances of getting Ricky Rubio by shipping JaVale McGee and the No. 5 pick to Oklahoma.
I have it on very good authority that there is no truth to this whatsoever. Perhaps OKC has interest in McGee, which would make sense, but that doesn’t mean the teams have had discussions. Often, I’m told, teams will throw rumors out there to get counterparts to nibble, thus starting up some discussions.
The Wizards are very happy with McGee and believe he will bloss0m into a multiple All-Star. Trading McGee would also put the Wizards on the market for another center of the future and backup to Brendan Haywood, because Etan Thomas is injury prone and has an expiring contract the Wizards would like to move.
I’m also hearing that the Wizards aren’t at all interested in James Harden, believing that the Arizona State guard lacks the expolosiveness, athleticism and ball-handling skills that they’re looking for.
What WILL the Wizards do? Hard to say, but I believe they’ll definitely try to trade the pick. For who and in exchange for whom remains to be seen. At this point, there’s no way of knowing what exactly the Wizards will do, but it is interesting/fun to play GM while the countdown to the draft rolls on.
Otherwise, will have some draft workout stuff a little later, in addition to Sam Cassell and Randy Wittman interviews.