Wake-up call: Size still interests Wizards -- not trade market

Wake-up call: Size still interests Wizards -- not trade market
June 23, 2014, 6:00 am
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The quest for a more successful 2014-15 begins now for the Wizards, who have the 46th overall pick in Thursday's draft but have bigger decisions looming in free agency.

They're expected to bring in two more groups of players for workouts at Verizon Center this week, and so far there hasn't been any indication that anyone has surprised the Wizards the way Nick Young did in 2007 when he shined so brightly that he became Washington's No. 16 overall pick in 2007. 

The truth is, what a player has done for the balance of his college or international career when games count carries more weight than an impressive workout. Still, at least one of the Wizards' coaches appeared floored by the performance of Iowa shooting guard Devyn Marble. 

Thursday, the Wizards likely will take the best player available because finding an NBA-ready player this deep in a draft can be rare. Based on what CSN Washington has learned since the beginning of this process, they're still leaning towards taking size. 

In the the last week the trade and free agency rumor mills have churned at full-speed with talk of Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Klay Thompson, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony being in play. Some of it will come to fruition. Most of it won't. 

Any chatter of the Wizards being in that mix, or being able to make a dent, isn't realistic. First, they have six unrestricted free agents, two restricted free agents and options on two more. John Wall, Bradley Beal and Nene aren't going anywhere. They're not breaking up their backcourt of the future and Nene, with his extensive injury history, is owed $13 million in each of the next two seasons. 

That leaves unproven Otto Porter and Martell Webster, who is coming off a sub-par season, and No. 46 pick with which to barter. 

These markets are fluid and always subject to change, but the Wizards likely are better off letting the chips fall after the draft and picking their spots wisely in free agency. 

And that starts with Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza.

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