Wizards Trade for Backup PG

A post by Jordan

The Wizards, at least for now, have fixed their backup point guard problem. The team announced yesterday that the Wizards have dealt their 2nd round pick in exchange for New Orleans Pelicans backup point guard Tim Frazier. This seems like a good value for the Wizards, 2nd round draft picks often take a few years to contribute, that is if they contribute at all. Additionally, the Wizards already have several long-term projects on the roster (Daniel Ochefu, Sheldon Mac, Chris McCullough) the team needs contributors now. Frazier played well for the Pelicans, he averaged 7.1 ppg, and 5.2 apg in addition to starting 35 games while Jrue Holiday was injured. He is under a favorable $2M, 1yr contract.

From the Terp perspective this is a rather hurtful move for the UMD to DC movement. In all likelihood losing the 52nd pick means that Melo Trimble will not land in DC for his pro career right way. It would be bittersweet if he now goes undrafted, bitter because we all want Melo to succeed in the NBA, but sweet because he could still end up with his hometown team. This trade also hurts the Greives Vasquez to DC idea for different reasons. Greives is primarily a point guard, a veteran one at that. The Wizards just filled the backup point guard gap in the roster, meaning it’s even more difficult to justify bringing in a thirty-year-old with injury issues.

It would still be good for the Wizards from a fan connection perspective to bring in these former Terps. However, the Wizards are likely going to go over the NBA luxury tax limit this offseason, meaning that they will be charged extra for every dollar over the limit they spend. It will be hard to justify bringing in more players than they absolutely must. While this trade seems like a good one for the Wizards, it’s bad for Terps.

Jordan Viener, Maryland Basketball, NBA draft, Pro Sports, Wizards
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