The Washington Wizards barely made the playoffs and were by far one of the most inconsistent teams all season long, excelling against top-notch opposition and struggling to win against lesser and subpar squads.
Naturally, that didn’t end well, with the Toronto Raptors demolishing them in the first round of the playoffs, something that made John Wall state some harsh comments about his team’s big men, saying that they need athletic bigs and neither Gortat nor Mahinmi are suited for the job.
We actually agree with Wall, and they’re never going to thrive in the playoffs unless they find a force down low that can help both Wall and Beal as a third scoring option or defensive anchor; and today, we’re going to let you know about the top 5 big men the Wizards should try to trade for during the summer.
5. Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel would be a very intriguing high-risk / high-reward pickup for the Wizards, but they would need to trade both Gortat and Mahinmi in order to offer him a nice deal, with him unlikely to be offered a max contract by any team after he miserably failed to prove his worth with the Dallas Mavericks.
Noel is one of the most athletic big men in the league and has an incredibly high ceiling defensively, as well as being very good running the floor and decent above the rim finisher Wall would thrive throwing lobs to. His biggest concern, as usual, is his injury proneness.
4. Nikola Vucevic
Nikola Vucevic is very likely to be traded by the Orlando Magic this summer, as he’s entering the last year of his deal and is likely to demand a lot of money from a rebuilding team that really doesn’t have much use for a big man that’s unable to guard the pick and roll.
Vucevic surely wouldn’t be an improvement defensively for the Wizards, but he’s the kind of player that could easily put 20 points in the scoreboard to help Beal and Wall carry the load on the offensive end, and they could easily get him for Gortat and a 2nd rounder.
3. Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter would also be a great pickup for the Wizards in the offensive end of the floor, as well as providing a much-needed grit in the offensive glass to get second opportunities, something Gortat has struggled to do for a couple of seasons now.
Just like Vucevic, he’s the kind of guy that could easily rack up a 20-10 double-double on a nightly basis, but they would have to clear some cap space in order to land him, parting ways with both Gortat and Mahinmi.
2. Hassan Whiteside
Hassan Whiteside is also extremely athletic and a top-notch rim protector, although his defensive awareness is nonexistent beyond his shot blocking ability, but would still be a much better option down low that the Polish Hammer, who couldn’t swat a shot to save his life anymore.
Whiteside doesn’t want to be with the Heat anymore and it feels like the feeling is pretty much mutual, so he would have the extra motivation to prove he’s as good as he thinks, but he has a lot of catching up to do. In order to get him, Gortat and a 2nd round pick would do the trick for sure.
1. Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol has to be on pretty much every single team’s agenda for next season, with the Grizzlies likely to have a top 3 pick in this upcoming draft and going through a major roster overhaul in order to start a rebuilding process that can get them back to playoff contention.
Gasol is a top-tier defender and one of the best passing and shooting big men in the league, and he would definitely be a huge pickup for the Wizards should they have the chance to pursue him, but they need to make quite an appealing offer, pairing Gortat with at least a couple of 2nd rounders and a future 1st round pick as well.