As the 2013 NBA draft closes in, Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld must buy or sell every prospect available and trade offer received before he and the rest of the front office decide what to do with the No. 3 overall pick.
Ever since the draft lottery completed on May 21, there have been plenty of rumors to go around about whether the Wizards are going to trade the pick, or if they keep it and draft a prospect. And if they choose to keep the pick, who will go off the board at that No. 3 slot?
For Grunfeld and his colleagues, buying or selling these offers and prospects will shape the Wizards for seasons to come and, more immediately, will determine what Washington does in the remainder of the offseason.
Buying these rumors and news items means the trades or draft picks are certainly a possible course of action for Washington to take, and it means making that move would produce a desirable outcome for the Wizards and would improve the team. Selling, of course, would then mean the idea is either out of the question or would only hurt the Wizards.
With only 10 days left as of Monday night before the draft, time is running out on who the Wizards are thinking of drafting, or finding out who or what they could get in return for their No. 3 pick.