Helping themselves gear up for — dare we say it? — the playoffs, the Wizards pulled off a three-team trade at the deadline on Thursday to bring veteran point guard Andre Miller to Washington, according to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.
In exchange, the Wizards send former sixth-overall pick Jan Vesely to Denver, as well as guard Eric Maynor and a second-round pick in 2015 to Philadelphia. The 76ers will also receive a second-rounder from the Nuggets.
What the Wizards Gain
A 38-year-old point guard in Miller who is making $5 million this season, and $4.6 million in 2014/15 (only $2 million of which is guaranteed). He’s an intelligent playmaker with great passing skills and a trusted veteran in crunch situations.
What the Wizards Give Up
It’s never good when you ship off a guy you drafted sixth-overall just three years prior, but Jan Vesely (aka AirWolf, JaniV) and his 3.5 points per game wasn’t getting it done in Washington. Although us fans seemed to enjoy him, it typically had nothing to do with his on-court performance.
As for Eric Maynor — we went from being satisfied with him as a backup, to making social media accounts named after his horrific floater, to creating slow-motion Vines of his facial expressions while he rode the bench.
Maynor’s overused tweet of “wheels up” certainly wouldn’t be an accurate description of his brief stint in Washington. That project never, ever got off the ground.
And let’s worry about the Wizards drafting efficiently in the first round before we get all pretentious about finding diamonds in the rough. No one will miss that second-round pick.
Why Did the Wizards Make the Trade?
Believe it or not, the Wizards have a really good shot at making the playoffs. And if they want to have any chance at doing anything of note, they needed to add depth at point guard.
And don’t forget Bradley Beal’s minute restriction. Adding Miller will allow for the Wizards to better cushion themselves when Beal’s on the bench.
Where Does the New Guy Fit?
We’ll have to wait and see. It’ll be interesting to see how many minutes Miller plays and where they come from.
Wall’s playing time (currently 37 MPG — tied for 10th in the NBA) may decline a tad, but only for his own good. And assuming the Wizards have Beal’s minute limit in mind, Miller has the ability to play off the ball, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see he and Wall on the floor together.
In simplest form, Miller’s going to log more productive minutes than Vesely and Maynor combined. Adding a savvy veteran who can handle the ball can’t be a bad thing, right?
I like the move for the Wizards in their current situation. I like Andre Miller and I think he’s a good personality for the team.
That said — while we were all pretty much through writing our short story on AirWolf in Washington anyway — calling a flop a flop is never easy when it’s your team. We can now definitively say the Wizards wasted the No. 6-overall pick in 2011. 1