Jason Terry to Washington Wizards a Possibility

brandon LamCorrespondent IJune 15, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - APRIL 29:  Jason Terry #31 of Dallas Mavericks taunts the crowd during the game against The New Orleans Hornets in Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at The New Orleans Arena April 29, 2008 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Hornets defeated the Mavericks 99-94 to win the series 4-1. 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)

Five seasons ago, the Washington Wizards were coming off one of their worst seasons ever with a record of 25-57. General Manager Ernie Grunfeld knew he had do something to make Washington a playoff team.

So he decided to trade the team's fifth overall pick in the 2004 draft, along with Jerry Stackhouse and Christan Laettner, to Dallas for forward Antwan Jamison.

The trade worked out for both teams. Washington made the postseason four years in a row, and Jamison has made the All-Star team twice since he has been with Washington. Dallas was able to get a good young point guard in Devin Harris and good bench help from Stackhouse.

Later, Harris was traded to New Jersey, and he made the All-Star team for the first time this year, becoming an elite point guard in the league.
Five years later, Washington had one of their worst seasons ever this year with a record of 19-63. Now, Grunfeld has to make another big decision this off-season. Washington has the fifth overall pick, and their has been some talk about Grunfeld trading the pick as he did in 2004 to acquire Jamison.
Their has been talks that Dallas may be interested in moving up in the draft to acquire power forward Jordan Hill. According to reports, Washington and Dallas have talked about a trade in which Dallas would get the fifth pick, Mike James, and Etan Thomas, while Washington would get Jason Terry along with one of Dallas' expiring contracts.
If Washington is able to make this deal, this would give them a great backcourt of Gilbert Arenas and Terry. Terry would be a good player in Flip Saunders' new offense, as Saunders could use Terry to come off screens as Saunders did with Richard Hamilton in Detroit.
Dirk Nowitzki has a contract that expires in two years, and Dallas needs to shed salary in order to add players to build a contender around him.
By making this move Dallas would save about $30 million , and this would give them some flexibility down the road.
If Washington wants to make a deep run in the playoffs next season, they have to put players around their big three, and maybe Terry could be the answer.