How to Quickly Rebuild the Washington Wizards, Pt.2: Free Agency

May 25th, 2010 by Dave Swenson Leave a reply »
While I have every intention of discussing the upcoming free agency period as promised, allow me to have a brief therapy session first. I’m devastated that we got the #1 pick. Really. At #2, there’d be no choice but to take Evan Turner. Now, it seems there’s almost no choice but John Wall. If you read my last article, then you know I’m much higher on Turner for this team. Granted, the more I look at Wall, the more I think I have underestimated his passing ability- he can probably compliment Arenas much better than I initially thought. Also, the once-moribund trade market for Arenas has recently shown signs of life- there’s talk of an Arenas for Eddy Curry swap- and I’ve always thought Wall would be a great fit for the Wizards sans Gilbert. Yet as much as I try to talk myself into it, I just can’t get excited about the prospect of drafting Wall. He’ll probably be fantastic, but I’ve just had my heart set on Turner. Is something wrong with me? Let’s get to free agency before anyone has a chance to answer that. The Wizards will have about $23 million in salary cap space going into this offseason*. Even so, they a ...

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