It's been one of the more memorable weeks in recent memory for the Washington Wizards.
The week started off with news that star point guard John Wall, who had season-ending heel surgery in December, slipped in his home and tore his Achilles prolonging his absence another 12 months. Then came the snowball effect.
"Well absolutely we had to change our way of thinking then that knowing that he's going to be out for a portion of next season," Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld said exclusively on the Wizards Talk podcast after Thursday's trade deadline.
That change of thinking led to the Wizards shipping their 2013 third overall pick Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls for forwards Bobby Portis, Jabari Parker and a 2023 second-round pick, and Markieff Morris to the New Orleans Pelicans.
It was two huge moves for the Wizards and Grunfeld. Moves the Wizards haven't typically made.
"This year was very tough," Grunfeld added on trading Porter. "You know, he's homegrown. He's from here. He's from Georgetown and we drafted him and we developed him and he put in a lot of hard work and you can see his progress as we move forward. But this is a business and you have to look long term and you have to give yourself the flexibility to do some things and we feel good about the two players that we got for him and the flexibility that it gives us."
With $55 million remaining on his contract, trading Porter gave the Wizards newfound freedom. Then by sending Morris to New Orleans, the Wizards got rid of their potential luxury tax payment and room to breath in free agency.
"We paid the luxury tax last year. If we'd have to pay it again this year we're in line for the repeater tax which really takes away some of your flexibility, so by doing this - not knowing what Kieffs status is completely - it also helps us moving forward."
Opportunity to develop their young talent - like Thomas Bryant - was also something Grunfeld took as a positive from the moves.
To hear Chris Miller's full interview with Grunfeld, where they touch on how this 2018-19 team can improve going forward and an update on Dwight Howard, click the podcast player below.
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