Now that the Wizards know where they are selecting in the NBA draft, who will they take with that 3 overall pick? Wizards President Ernie Grunfeldultimatelywill make the decision and he has about a month to figure out who the best fit for the team will be."Ernie's got some decisions to make," Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said following the draft lottery Wednesday night.Does Grunfeld go after the best player available at the third spot, or do they go for a specific need? After a 20-46 season, it's hard to argue not to go for the best player available but, because the Wizards have some young players they hope to develop at certain positions, they may go for a need. In that case, it would have to be a shooter, because the Wizards struggled to score the ball from the outside last season."I think we are going to get a playerwho will make our rotation and be a foundational player for us with the third pick of the draft," Leonsis said.With Kentucky center Anthony Davis a lock to be taken by New Orleans with the first pick, Charlotte has the second choice -- and it's anyone's best guess what they will do there. At the third pick, the Wizards will have options like Kentucky swing guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Florida guard Bradley Beal or North Carolina shooting guard Harrison Barnes.Those are the shooting guard possibilities, but the Wizards also could try to bolster the roster up front with a power forward like Thomas Robinson from Kansas or center Andre Drummond from Connecticut. There are going to be options for the Wizards.Not only does Washington have the third pick but Leonsis believes they are going to be active this off-season."I am hoping this year, either through trades or free agency, we can be additive to the team and in bringing in more veterans," Leonsis said.Leonsis added that the team will not trade the first-round draft pick."I don't want to be in the lottery anymore," Leonsis said. "That's not a lot of fun."
The stage has been set for Carmelo Anthony to hit free agency, as the 10-time All-Star was traded to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday in a three-team deal, one that will lead to a subsequent buyout of his contract. ESPN first reported the news and noted that the Rockets are the favorites to sign him.
The full deal sends Dennis Schroder from the Hawks to the Thunder in exchange for Anthony and a protected first round pick, and sends Mike Muscala from Atlanta to Philly. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot will go to the Thunder from Phily and Justin Anderson will go from the Sixers to the Hawks.
That's a complicated deal, but it ultimately frees Anthony up to choose a new team. He was set to make $27.9 million from the Thunder next season, but the Hawks are footing the bill to let him walk.
Anthony's skills have declined now that he's 34 years old. Last season, he averaged 16.2 points on 40.4 percent shooting, way down from the 22.4 points he averaged the season before with the Knicks.
Still, Anthony could help a team looking for a scoring punch and the Rockets would like some more help in their quest to take down the Warriors. If he signs there, he will join friend Chris Paul and the 2017-18 MVP, James Harden.
Houston has been the logical landing spot for Anthony ever since news broke that the Thunder were looking for a way out of his contract. If he doesn't go there, perhaps the Lakers would make sense. LeBron James is going to need a lot more help than the roster he currently has around him to make some noise in the crowded Western Conference.
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On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hugheswas joined by Nick Ashooh to break down the fallout from the trade involving Kawhi Leonard and DeMar DeRozan.
They looked at what it means for the Wizards and the East, as well as the Lakers and LeBron. Plus, they took fan questions, many of which centered on Kevin Love and the possibility of a trade to Washington.
You can listen to the episode right here: