It's trade season, and "interest" such as what the Cleveland Cavaliers have with Jared Dudley will be in the air. But the Wizards moving their best three-point shooter to enrich the No. 1 team in the conference? Extremely unlikely.
Dudley entered the night shooting 45.9% from three-point range and was 2-for-2 midway through the third quarter vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. He was acquired by the Wizards in a trade this summer for virtually nothing (via trade exception).
What could the Cavs possibly give them back in return considering his $4.25 million salary for 2015-16?
Timofey Mozgov, Richard Jefferson, James Jones, Matthew Dellavedova or Mo Williams?
Only Mozgov is a possible match 1-for-1 salary-wise, Dellavedova is too valuable for Cleveland's backcourt and the other three don't do much to help the Wizards at all -- plus their salaries don't match so it would take a combination of them.
The only team being helped here by such a deal would be Cleveland, which doesn't have first-round draft pick to give up and would be foolish to give up one for a role player anyway.
It's one thing for a rebuilding team like the New York Knicks, who made a mid-season trade last year to get them Iman Shumpert and Mozgov, to send Cleveland assets.
It's another for the Wizards, who believe they'll eventually be able to get back into the playoff picture, to do their conference rival a solid even with Dudley becoming a free agent after the season.
Take away Dudley from Washington's lineup, who is the stretch four? Kris Humphries started there but the ball doesn't move as well with him in the lineup and he's still out with a right knee injury. Drew Gooden can't play starter's minutes. It's like rumors about trading Nene. If the Wizards were to do so, they'd have to get someone back who does what he does because no one else on the roster can duplicate it.
Dudley stays. When the Wizards lost a game last week and were fed up with what was going internally, it was Dudley who called the players-only meeting.
They value this as much as what he does on the court. Names will be floated and calls will be made, but it's going to have to be an offer that's extremely compelling to move get the Wizards to part with Dudley.