Washington Wizards

Wizards Pull Off Huge Coup in Deal With T-Wolves

NEW ORLEANS - FEBRUARY 08:  Randy Foye #4 of the Minnesota Timberwolves makes a shot over Sean Marks #4 of the New Orleans Hornets on February 8, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Hornets defeated the Timberwolves 101-97.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Doug BowmanContributor IJune 24, 2009

So word is coming in late tonight that the Washington Wizards have dealt out of the No. 5 spot in the draft, along with a package of expiring deals, and received Randy Foye and Mike Miller from the Timberwolves in exchange.

This is a really good deal for the Wizards.

The 2009 NBA Draft is a shallow draft. After Blake Griffin and Ricky Rubio, there's a load of question marks. No one knows where anyone is going. Steph Curry could go anywhere for No. 3 to No. 5. Brandon Jennings could go anywhere from No. 5 to No. 15. Jordan Hill, James Harden, Tyreke Evans, Jonny Flynn—all of them are guys who have no idea where they are heading.

Instead of playing the waiting game and taking a rookie who, in all likelihood, would not aid the Wizards that much in their quest to return to the playoffs, the Wizards landed a combo lead guard in Foye and a sharpshooter in Miller.

Foye still has potential to be a quality lead guard in the NBA, but he won't have to with Gilbert Arenas returning. He and Arenas will form a formidable duo in the Washington backcourt.

Miller provides the Wiz with a spot up three-point jump shooter to stick out on the wing, a different look than the one Caron Butler currently gives coach Flip Saunders at the three spot.

With Foye and Miller, the Wiz fill two holes in their roster instead of just potentially filling one with their No. 5 pick.

The Wiz were never going to be players in the 2010 class, so those expiring contracts aren't huge losses, as they are hoping to reestablish themselves near the top of the Eastern Conference.

Unfortunately, near the top will only result in a Eastern Conference Semi-final exit at the hands of the Magic, Cavs, Celtics, or maybe even the Hawks.

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