Draft picks: 2nd round (46th overall)
By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Wizards advanced further in the playoffs than expected, but they mortgaged a bit of their future to get to that point.
Washington traded its first-round pick this year to the Phoenix Suns for center Marcin Gortat. He was sensational in the playoffs, so one can understand the trade, although Gortat is a free agent this summer. The Wiz would like to re-sign him.
So, the Wizards don't have a first-round pick, but do have needs. Trevor Ariza is a free agent and he played a huge role for Washington in the postseason. His defense and 3-point shooting were vital to the Wizards' success.
At 46, the Wizards can do almost anything. They have needs, despite being a team on the rise. Their amazing backcourt of All-Star John Wall and Bradley Beal, need capable backups, and if Ariza or Gortat bolt, both players need to be replaced.
The Wizards have to hope last year's No. 3 overall pick, Otto Porter, develops. He was injured early in the preseason and truthfully, never appeared to catch up.
Players Under Contract: F/C Nene; G John Wall; F Martell Webster; G Andre Miller; G Bradley Beal; F Otto Porter; G Glen Rice
Free Agents: C Marcin Gortat; F Trevor Ariza; F Kevin Seraphin; F Trevor Booker;
Recent Draft History: 2013: Otto Porter (3), Nate Wolters (38), Arsalan Kazemi (54)
2012: Bradley Beal (3), Tomas Satoransky (32)
2011: Jan Vesely (6), Chris Singleton (18), Shelvin Mack (34)
2010: John Wall (1), Lazar Hayward (30), Nemanja Bjelica (35)
2009: Jermaine Taylor (32)
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