NBA Trade Deadline 2013: Wizards' Interest in Josh Smith Won't Evolve into Deal
Well, they do, but according to ESPN's Chris Broussard they aren't willing to give any of them up as the Feb. 21 NBA trade deadline approaches:
In talks with ATL for Josh Smith, Wizards have said all but 3 players available: J Wall, B Beal & Nene— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 19, 2013
No arguments on this front.
Josh Smith is a special player, and while he has the occasional bouts of severe inefficiency on the offensive end he can positively affect every aspect of the game in a way that few others are capable of.
But John Wall is a 22-year-old point guard who already has two 16-point, eight-assist seasons under his belt.
Bradley Beal is a 19-year-old sharpshooting 2-guard with a drool-worthy skill set who fits perfectly next to Wall and is already showing signs of massive improvement—in January, he knocked down over two treys per contest at a staggering 50.8 percent clip.
Together, Wall and Beal make up one of the most talented young backcourts in the league, and breaking that up for a 27-year-old soon-to-be free agent is as silly as string, no matter how talented said 27-year-old might be.
The decision to include Nene—who is owed $39 million over the next three seasons—on the untouchable list is a little more of a head-scratcher, but it's understandable the Wiz don't want to sell low on the Brazilian.
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As such, don't expect this newest rumor to develop into anything serious.
After those three, the Wizards simply don't have a lot to give up.
Trevor Ariza might be intriguing, but he has a player option worth over $7 million next year that the Hawks likely don't want to deal with. Emeka Okafor is twice as expensive. Jan Vesely has failed to live up to expectations as the No. 6 pick in 2011.
Kevin Seraphin, Martell Webster and Jordan Crawford—quality role players for cheap—are really the only intriguing trade chips the Wizards possess, but in a market where Smith is commodity No. 1 those assets likely won't be enough to compete with other offers.
The idea of the high-flying Smith running the court with Wall and Beal in a Wizards uniform is likely an exhilarating one for Wizards fans, but it's improbable at best.
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