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The Wizards hope that adding Nene will keep John Wall focused on the future in D.C.
Who's gone and who's new:
New: Nene Hilario, Brian Cook and a 2015 second round draft pick from the L.A. Clippers.
Gone: JaVale McGee, Nick Young and Ronny Turiaf
1. Assuming that Nene can stay healthy the Wizards should be better for the remainder of the season. Nene will bring an aura of professionalism and consistency that McGee had yet to develop. Young's loss is easily compensated for by inserting Jordan Crawford into the starting lineup.
2. John Wall better now and even better later. John Wall is an extremely talented point guard but also extremely young point guard. Different people mature at different rates. Wall has all the ability to excel at in the NBA for years to come but he's yet to attain a consistency on the court. Part of that is likely to due to being surrounded with other young and immature teammates. Adding Nene will allow Wall to see how mature NBA players operate without having to watch them play in another uniform.
3. Jordan Crawford will emerge as a viable starting NBA shooting guard. Crawford, who is in the third year of his career, has been handed the starting job now that Nick Young has been sent to Los Angeles. He's not going to become an elite shooting guard, but it's no coincidence that Young became an expendable asset with Crawford languishing on the bench.
4. The Wizards will draft a big man if one is available. Nene is a very good NBA center but he's also somewhat pricey. If the Wizards can acquire a big man in the draft that would allow them to shop Nene down the road as the length of his contract gets shorter.
5. Washington will do everything and anything to try and rid itself of Andray Blatche. If the Wizards were concerned enough about surrounding Wall with maturity to deal players such as McGee and Young who have shown plenty of talent as well as bouts of immaturity. One can only imagine how eager the team is to discard Blatche who has been more trouble than talent as well as being under a cumbersome contract. How the Wizards will figure out a way to move him is a good question but make no mistake about it, if they can find a team that will take him he's gone.