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LeBron? Wade? The Wizards Should Set Their Sights on Wall 18

  • Posted by: Daniel Radov
  • January 29, 2010, 1:59 PM


It is only the end of January, still more than two weeks away from the All-Star break, yet many struggling NBA teams are already clearing salary cap space for a tempting off-season. 

With names ranging from reigning MVP LeBron James to superstars like Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Amar’e Stoudemire, this summer’s free agents may determine the league’s future for years to come.

To the Washington Wizards however, I offer a riskier, albeit significantly cheaper strategy. Rid yourself of suspended superstar Gilbert Arenas along with Javaris Crittenton, in hope of obtaining a franchise-altering player.

But the best answer might not be James or Wade, and clearly, Washington should not jeopardize its future by trading for a disgruntled superstar, such as Tracy McGrady. The Wizards need Kentucky’s freshman phenomenon John Wall, instead.

Through only months into his first season in college basketball, Wall has distanced himself from a relatively weak draft class. At age 18, he is blessed with the explosiveness of Derrick Rose, a John Stockton-esque feel for controlling the game, and Chris Paul’s creativity. Wall, moreover, exhibits the unique ability to improve others, as demonstrated by the transformation of fellow UK freshman DeMarcus Cousins into an immediate force in the post, and the improvement of veteran teammate Patrick Patterson.

Washington is led by veteran head coach Flip Saunders. He is best remembered for numerous playoff struggles, yet he developed Kevin Garnett into a superstar in Minnesota. More impressively, Saunders helped Garnett thrive around mediocre veterans.

The Wizards, on the other hand, would provide Wall with two NBA players on the edge of elite status in Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison. Wizards guard Randy Foye, the team’s fourth leading scorer, would then become a viable backup.

The entire plan hinges on the lottery, but luckily, the Wizards have the league’s fourth-worst record (14-30), which therefore would give them the fourth-best percentage of landing the Number 1 selection. Best of all, the NBA has a rookie salary cap, and for first round draft picks, the league requires a player sign for two years with each year costing the team approximately $4.5 million. LeBron, Wade, Bosh or Amar’e will be in the stratosphere of $20 million per season, in my opinion.

Washington would then still have the money to pursue another top flight free agent, if necessary. Brendan Haywood, a free agent, could be let go, and management could acquire Knicks forward David Lee, another free agent, as an upgrade in the post.

The NBA is left drooling over Wall’s potential to be one of the elite floor generals in the coming months; nevertheless, his primary concern is to direct Kentucky to its first national title since the days of Tubby Smith.

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18 Comments

goooo leBron

John Wall is the best in the NCAA.I also can't belive what Gilbert Arenas did.

John wall is not the best baketball player in the NCAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Evan Turner is!

John Wall is the best. Same about Gilbert Arenas.

Witb all this hype on John Wall, I have a feeling that a lot of his success is based on the fact that he is playing for a big name team like Kentucky. I have happened to notice that Kalin Lucas is a player with in my opinion the same amount of skill, but he is probably going to go in the third round simply because he plays for less of a powerhouse team in Michigan State. I think that instead of focusing on drafting players that are on top teams, scouts should look at some of the lesser teams as well, so that they can find a player who may be just as talented, but they don't need to use up their first round picks on him because nobody else has heard of him.

I'm not saying that I like the Nets though I like the CAVALIERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Most likely BmxBuddy101?More like CERTAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!100% #1 draft pick go's to NETS!

hey,some other team might land it. Ya never know

I'm just going to say is that I think Evan Turner from OSU might be a 1st round draft pick anyway GGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGooooooooooooooobbbbbbbbbbbbbbuuuuuuuuucccccccccckkkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssss[GO BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!]

If John Wall leaves college after this season he will go to whoever gets the 1st pick which will most likely be the nets

Everbody knows that Lebron James,Kobe,and Dade Wade are the best. Wall is a good player but if he does get into the NBA he won t be able to play that hard with those guys.

I`m a Wizard so take that....

not bad

Where the heck is Dwight?

I don`t know???????????????????????????????????

i hope all of the big name players go to one team like the nets(they stink) or make there on city with their own mone and make their own team

I really do hope the Wizards aquire a player who can turn the franchise around. The last few years have been a huge disapointment, adding someone like John Wall would make me hopeful again. Although its best to keep Jamison, he deservses to be on a better team. He has been playing so hard since Stars Arenas and Butler have been injury prone, and he hasnt been on a successful team. Jamison deserves to play on a team that can contend.

then LEBRON your man

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