Fans Outraged Over Wizards Vacant 2014 NBA Draft
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — If you stayed up late to see the Wizards sole selection in the 2014 NBA Draft (picking 46th overall), then you likely went to bed feeling as though your time was completely wasted.
Remember, the Wizards rid themselves of two other picks — a first and a future second — trading them away to bring in Marcin Gortat last October, and to absolve themselves of Eric Maynor and Jan Vesely in the Andre Miller swap.
The Wizards, technically, selected one player — Jordan Clarkson (Missouri) — Thursday night, a pick they’d later reveal to have been made for the Los Angeles Lakers, the team to which that pick was shipped for cash considerations.
Thankfully, the Wizards did nothing to enhance the idea it was worth it to fans tuning in late to see that non-existent pick realized.
The organization was quick to dismiss their vacant draft.
“We saw what kind of opportunities were there for us, maybe to move up or whatever we could do; nothing really came up for us and we felt like it was best to move the pick for cash considerations,” said Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld, post-draft. “And this way it opens up another roster spot for us to get someone who’s established.”
Wizards fans and media alike weren’t buying it, though, at least not on Twitter, where they voiced their frustrations from the organization selling a draft pick, and essentially, coming away with nothing, for the first time since 2009.
(In the meantime, Mike Prada has a sharp explanation of the organizational implications of the Wizards trading away their lone pick for cash.)
Cash makes the world go round …
#wizards made just under $2 million by selling the 46th pick to LAL, according to a league source.—
Michael Lee (@MrMichaelLee) June 27, 2014