2012 NBA Trade Deadline: The One Trade the Washington Wizards Must Make

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2012 NBA Trade Deadline: The One Trade the Washington Wizards Must Make
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WIZARDS TRADE: Andray Blatche

CELTICS TRADE: Jermaine O'Neal and the Clippers' No. 1 Pick

This trade is an absolute no-brainer for both teams.

The Washington Wizards are a horrible basketball team, but their problem is not a lack of talent, as they are literally one of the most talented teams in the NBA

Washington's problem is a lack of experience, drive and hunger to win—simply put, a lack of professionalism. The Wizards need a legitimate veteran star, and no, Rashard Lewis is not considered a "star" in any way, shape or form.

Andray Blatche is a magnificently talented young power forward. Blatche is having a down season as he has been dealing with injuries and having his playing time reduced. However, Andray is still just 25 years old and is coming off a season in which he averaged 16.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in less than 34 minutes per game.

If given the same amount of court time Kevin Love receives, Blatche could realistically average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game, which is something just three players currently average: Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love.

The Wizards, however, have grown tired of Blatche's apparent immaturity and would dump his lengthy contract for the expiring contract of Jermaine O'Neal. And the Clippers' first-round draft pick will allow the Wizards the ability to start over and have the cap space needed to sign a solid veteran star.

In fact, if the Wizards make this proposed trade and amnesty Rashard Lewis, they would have around $36 million to spend in free agency next season.

As for the Celtics, this trade is a trade they cannot afford to pass up. The "Big 3" of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are all aging rapidly and Andray Blatche is the sort of multi-skilled, wonderfully talented big man who could be a great running mate for all-world point guard Rajon Rondo for the next six to eight years.

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