NBA Trade Deadline: For Washington Wizards, Blowing Things Up a Smart Move

February 17th, 2010 by Mike B. Leave a reply »
I'm not a fan of the Washington Wizards and haven't been since the mid-1990s when the team was led by Michigan Fab Five teammates Chris Webber and Juwan Howard.

However, I'm extremely excited to see the Wizards finally decide to trade away most of their starting lineup for expiring contracts and go into full rebuilding mode.

Within the past week, the Wizards have dealt Caron Butler, Antawn Jamison, Brendan Haywood, and DeShawn Stevenson, and acquired Josh Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who will likely be bought out, and Al Thornton among others. 

But management should have decided to blow up the team years ago.

Sure, the trio of Gilbert Arenas, who is suspended for the rest of this season after pleading guilty to a felony gun charge, Jamison, and Butler were a talented unit, but not enough to lead the Wizards to a NBA title or even out of the first round of the playoffs.

The team was headed no where with that group.

So what's next for the Wizards? If Arenas' contract is voided, the team will have tons of cap space available to make a run at a top free agent, although most superstars' fantasy isn't to play for ...

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