NBA trade season is officially underway.
Kicked off by the blockbuster trade between the Clippers and the Pistons, it's more likely than not that a flurry of other moves are about to follow.
The John Wall injury puts the Wizards' status as buyers in question, but if should they want to get some midseason help, here's who's worth taking a look at:
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Kemba Walker, PG, Hornets
2017-18 Stats: 22.1 PPG, 5.8 APG, 1.2 SPG
Contract: $12 million/year (UFA in 2019)
Why he would fit: This one's obvious. The Wizards are going to be without John Wall for several weeks, and Kemba Walker would slide in terrifically as the team's point guard in his Wall's absence. When John returns, Walker would be one of the best backup point guards in the NBA, and could even make for some dynamic 3-guard lineups with Wall and Beal.
Tyreke Evans, PG, Grizzlies
2017-18 Stats: 19.5 PPG, 5.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 39.2 3P%
Contract: $3.29 million/year (UFA in 2018)
Why he would fit: Another clear replacement for John Wall. Evans is a speedy PG (though, like most players, not as fast as Wall) who has been in the league for 8 years, so he brings some experience to the Wizards backcourt. Similarly to Kemba Walker, Evans would make an excellent backup even when Wall is healthy. The question is how much would the team be willing to give up for a rental?
Lou Williams, SG, Clippers
2017-18 Stats: 23.5 PPG, 5.2 APG, 1.1 SPG, 39.4 3P%
Contract: $7 million/year (UFA in 2018)
Why he would fit: There was talk of the Wizards targeting Williams prior to last year's trade deadline, so it makes sense that they'd consider him again. Williams can light up the scoreboard and has experience coming off the bench, which will be very valuable to the Wizards once Wall returns, especially considering how much they've struggled to score with bench lineups in recent seasons. Again, the question is how much the team should give up for a rental who won't come cheap, but the fit in the Wizards backcourt makes sense.
Rodney Hood, SG, Utah
2017-18 Stats: 16.7 PPG, 1.7 APG, 0.8 SPG, 38.6 3P%
Contact: $2.3 million/year (RFA 2018)
Why he would fit: The case for Hood makes even more sense after Wall's latest injury. Unlike Walker or Williams, Hood comes at a price that the Wizards can probably afford. By no means is he a perfect fit (realistically he couldn't be the primary ball handler), Hood could probably be had without parting with this year's first-round pick, something the Wizards seem keen on keeping.
Marc Gasol, C, Memphis
2017-18 Stats: 17.9 PPG, 8.5 RPG, 1.5 BPG, .467 eFG%
Contract: $22 million/year (UFA 2020)
Why he would fit: Because he's one of the league's premier centers and would realistically fit on most teams. Gasol goes into the "pipe dream" category, as the Wizards would probably have to move mountains to make this happen. Not only would it take the Wizards' first-round pick this year, but it'd probably take another first-round pick down the road, along with, like, half the Wizards' roster. The Wizards already have two centers on the other side of 30 under sizeable contracts, but Gasol would immediately make the Wizards an Eastern Conference favorite.
DeAndre Jordan, C, Los Angeles Clippers
2017-18 Stats: 11.9 PPG, 14.8 RPG, 1.0 BPG, .668 eFG%
Contract: $21 million/year (2018 UFA)
Why he would fit: Two words: expiring contract. What makes Jordan more of an attractive asset than Gasol is the fact that he'll be an unrestricted free agent at year's end. It'd be the perfect move to make should the Wizards feel like they're in the prime of this team's championship window. The Clippers are reportedly not pleased with how the market has developed for Jordan so far, but with impending free agency looming large, they don't have the same leverage to demand a king's ransom in return.