Holden & Danny: Wizards Have Options If They Win The Top Pick
Adrian Wojnarowski from Yahoo sports joined Holden and Danny on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the current state of the NBA, more specifically the Washington Wizards.
Wojnarowski began with “the gift that keeps on giving” referring to center Dwight Howard, who reportedly wants out of Orlando yet again. Howard is said to be interested in joining the Nets, but one of the only ways that New Jersey could acquire him is by winning this years’ NBA Draft Lottery and trading that pick to the Magic. Considering the Nets only have a 7.5% chance of winning the lottery, that is highly unlikely.
Wojo also did not rule out the possibility of Howard going to the Wizards if they were to win the NBA lottery. Washington would have to decide whether they value the pick, which would presumably be used on Kentucky big man Anthony Davis, or Howard as more valuable to their franchise moving forward. Howard is represented by agent Dan Fegan, who also works for Wizards point guard John Wall.
“The general knowledge around the league is that the Wizards are likely to bring Whitman back,” he said with regard to concerns over stability at the head coaching position. Whitman was appointed interim coach following Flip Saunders’ dismissal in January.
An interesting sentiment that Wojnarowski shared was that he has heard general managers and front office people around the league say that they don’t want the number two selection because of the risk involved with UConn’s Andre Drummond, “People look at him and think he can be a bust.”
Wojnarowski added that, “Especially with Washington’s recent history, they cannot bring an unmotivated guy who just doesn’t put out. To me, they almost have to pass on him and look at a Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or somebody else at number two.”