June 20, 2012 Wizards Deal Lewis for Okafor and Ariza
I haven’t had time to dissect this trade, as I just heard about it. But via our friends over at SB Nation it appears the Wizards have decided to trade Rashard Lewis and the number 46 pick for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor of the New Orleans Hornets.
I’ll break down the trade in a bit, but it certainly appears that this means Washington has decided that they want Bradley Beal. Ariza provides a small forward presence and very effective wing defender, while also bolstering perimeter shooting. Adding a guy like Harrison Barnes could work, but it’s far more likely that Beal comes in at the shooting guard position now as that’s our most thin area.
The front court just got more crowded, though, but Emeka Okafor when he is healthy is a pretty darn good rebounder.
I’m not sure how I feel about the trade, but it doesn’t seem that terrible right now. Doesn’t seem that great, either.