The NBA off-season is officially underway as the first trade has been made between the Washington Wizards and New Orleans Hornets. Here is my analysis on the deal which includes Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza, Rashard Lewis, and a pick in the up-coming 2012 NBA Draft.
Washington Wizards Get: C-Emeka Okafor, SF-Trevor Ariza
New Orleans Hornets Get: F-Rashard Lewis, 2nd round pick (46th overall)
Why this makes sense for Washington:
The Wizards pretty much give up next to nothing for a pair of veterans who can step in right away and contribute on a young team. This process of adding experience began prior to the trade deadline with the acquisition of Nene and continues with this deal. The biggest concern from Washington’s perspective is having to pay Okafor more than $28 million the next two seasons while they are already giving Nene $13 million per year. That’s a ton of money to cough up on two guys who play the same position unless the Wiz are confident the duo can be affective on t...