Sitting with the worst record in the NBA at 7-28 (even after winning three games in a row), the Washington Wizards are in need of major changes if they hope for a serious turnaround in the second half of the season.
Those changes could very well come in the form of one of two all-star caliber players who currently find themselves involved in potential trade discussions around the league.
According to a report by the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, the Wizards have been in talks with the Memphis Grizzlies over possibly acquiring forward Rudy Gay.
Washington would receive Gay while Memphis would get rookie Bradley Beal. More players would need to be involved in order for the deal to work under the salary cap, but those two players would be the main components being moved. Beal is making $4.13 million on a rookie deal while Rudy is making a whopping $16.5 million. He’s owed $37.2 million over the next two seasons.
Beal has struggled to find his shooting touch to start the year, as he’s only shooting 35.8% from the field while averaging 13.2 points a game. Gay is also suffering from the same issues, shooting a career-low 41.4%.
UPDATE: Sources close to the Washington Wizards front-office call all reports involving Beal’s name in trade discussions “100% not true”. (RealGM)
It wouldn’t make sense for Washington to deal a first-year rookie with as much potential as Beal, just to acquire an overpaid, perhaps overrated (in my opinion) player who hasn’t even made an all-star game.
Another name being floated around with the Wizards is Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins.
In recent weeks, Cousins name has also been linked to the Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
Cousins and the Wizards seem like the perfect fit. His close friend and former teammate on the Kentucky Wildcats, John Wall, is considered to be the best player on Washington at the moment.
Dan Fegan, Cousins agent, also represents Wall as well.
However, with recent news reports of a potential change in ownership for the Kings coming next season (including a possible move to Seattle), the Maloofs (present owners) may be hesitant to deal such a valuable piece.
Considering Cousins numerous attitude problems in the past two and a half months (he’s been suspended three times this season), they might just see it best to start anew and cut ties as soon as possible, regardless of his talent.
Through 33 games, DeMarcus is averaging a double-double of 17.6 points and 10.2 rebounds.