The Washington Wizards are an intriguing team. They have talent, but they haven’t been able to turn that talent into wins. They started to re-make their roster last season, grabbing Nene from the Nuggets for JaVale McGee in a deal that also sent Nick Young to the Clippers.
Now, the Wizards are making more moves, sending Rashard Lewis and a second round pick for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.
Okafor and Ariza are owed a combined $43 million through 2013-14 and are expected to provide an added veteran presence for a team that currently has seven players with less than three years of experience and will add two more rookies in the draft, with picks No. 3 and No. 32.
The Hornets take on one monster salary that will go away after this season (perhaps leading to a future trade for someone looking to clear cap space) while the Wizards grab a couple of capable players who, if expectations are tempered, can play decent roles. With John Wall, Nene, Jan Vesely along with Ariza, Okafor and, ...