My first thought when I saw this headline was, “PLEASE LORD DON’T LET THIS BE 2009 ALL OVER AGAIN.” Alas, Grunfeld didn’t pull another Foye-Miller. All he’s sending back to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza is Rashard Lewis and the 46th pick in next week’s draft.
You’ll recall Okafor as the tall fellow who won a national championship at UConn. I thought Orlando should’ve taken him first overall that summer, over Dwight Howard. And while Okafor is by no means a bust (13 and 10 career averages), it’s probably a good thing I’m writing this from my couch and not someone’s front office.
And you may remember Ariza as the versatile wing who won an NBA championship with Kobe. He signed a relatively big deal after that (five years, $33 million), and I haven’t heard from him since. Again, writing this from my couch.
Lewis will be remembered by NBA fans as the guy who got a nine-figure deal without being all that great of a player. He’ll be remembered by Wiz fans as the guy we got ba