Even before season's end, there is a big NBA trade being made that could have a drastic effect on next season.
Two teams in the top 3 of this year's draft who are going in opposite directions—even though the team with the No.1 pick (New Orleans) had a better record than the team with the No. 3 pick (Washington)—agreed on a deal that would send Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor to the Wizards, and Rashard Lewis' expiring contract and the No. 46 pick in next week's NBA Draft to the Hornets, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.
Though the deal is quiet because of the crazy and intense NBA Finals, this trade could make an impact as big as any this offseason, save for a Dwight Howard trade, of course. With that in mind, here are five observations from the perspective of the Washington Wizards, followed by five observations from the perspective of the New Orleans Hornets.