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NBA draft live chat

Join staff writers Gene Wang and Zach Berman tonight at 7 for a live chat during the NBA draft. The Washington Wizards have the No. 1 overall pick and are expected to use it on point guard John Wall. The team also has the 30th and 35th picks.

Access the chat on the link below:

By Gene Wang  |  June 24, 2010; 12:43 PM ET
Categories:  John Wall , NBA draft  
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Gene and Zach, FYI, I hope any key information is still being given through the blog. Some of us aren't able to see the chat at work.

Posted by: Berndaddy | June 24, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Capsnskins1 | June 24, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/news/story?id=5324240

Hinrich to wiz.. Where is he going to play..

Posted by: ash10 | June 24, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Childress and Hinrich? Obviously someone's going to go.

Foye and Miller? Nick Young?

Take out your notebook, there's going to be a lot of changes in the next couple of days.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 24, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

"http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/draft2010/news/story?id=5324240

Hinrich to wiz.. Where is he going to play.."

Just read that myself. :P

- ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

I thought we only had like 6 players under contract so we need to add a few.

Posted by: ash10 | June 24, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Mike Lee is slacking. :P

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

thought we only had like 6 players under contract so we need to add a few.

Right, but that means that guys like Foye, Miller and Young are probably gone. Cut, traded?

My hunch is they're going to move their 18th and the just acquired 17th and maybe a player to get in the top 10.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Why are people questioning this trade?

I think some of you forgot what backcourt depth is supposed to look like on a roster.

That trade gives us a back-up PG and a legit 3-guard rotation on top of an additional mid-first rounder in a deep draft to build around Wall.

Can someone explain how this was a poor decision in any sense (undisclosed assets from the Wizards to the Bulls notwithstanding)?

Posted by: psps23 | June 24, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

I would bet a few bucks that the rumored trade w/the Bulls is real because it matches what Ted said during his interview by John Thompson (I posted his quote on here at the time). Ted said that he liked the idea of using their cap space to take on a bad contract while adding a pick and giving up nothing in return. Check, check, check.

Hinrich will sit on the end of the bench, mostly, and collect checks but at least he seems like a hard worker who will try to earn his keep and carve out some playing time. When you look at some of the other bad deals that teams are trying to dump, he and his contract are not so bad.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Hmmmm nice move.

Who are we getting at 17? : )

It going to be fun tonight.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

I think some of you forgot what backcourt depth is supposed to look like on a roster.

Wall, Arenas, Foye, Miller, Childress, Shaun Livingston (?), and now Hinrich? Not to mention Young.

That's 8 guards.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 24, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

ESPN is reporting that the Wiz have a handshake deal in place with the Bulls to acquire the #17 pick and Kirk Henrich (unknown what the Wiz are giving up).

Posted by: jhcarson | June 24, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Last I checked, Foye and Miller aren't on the team, and I believe that Childress is a small forward with large hair. By my count that means the Wiz have Wall, Arenas, Young and Heinrich.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | June 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Miller and Childress are just as much 3's as they are 2's.

Livingston isn't with us.

Foye may not be either.

So we have 7, maybe 6 players at guard, two of which also play SF. In no way is that an overpopulated backcourt, unless the team plans on having a 10 player roster.

Posted by: psps23 | June 24, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I would not be surprised if the Wiz make another move tonight, they are guard heavy.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

So, they gave up a first for two guys - Foye and Miller - that played a year and are gone?

I like Miller as a 6th man off the bench. Foye for Hinrich is pretty much a wash. I don't understand the benefit other than the pick.

I think they're trying to get picks to move up within the top 10.

Posted by: SteveMG | June 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

I think we are just trading Josh Howard and they won't exercise his option so they can sign 2 max players and not have to take on any guaranteed contracts

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | June 24, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

josh howard isn't under contract...

Posted by: merajc86 | June 24, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

The tentative report on Childress has this, "No terms of the deal were released, but the guess would be we're talking at least three years and in the $6 million a year range or higher. Atlanta would have the right to match, and if they think Joe Johnson is going to bolt during free agency they likely would."
The Chicago deal is reportedly shaky and Sacramento may be ready to step in for Washington.

Posted by: midlevex_ | June 24, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Miller is gone, Foye is a RFA (likely gone), and NY is still under contract. Childress is an athletic swingman who would make sense for the Wiz at the 3. Hinrich gives us a good combo guard off the bench and is a better 3-point shooter than anyone under contract. Getting the 17th pick in a fairly deep draft by absorbing one year of a bad contract signs like a good deal for the Wiz.

Posted by: wizfan89 | June 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Assuming that these stories are true, one of the side benefits is that it means the Wizards will be looking to draft big men tonight.

At #17, the rumors say that the Wizards liked what they saw in Patrick Patterson when they where scouting John Wall game-tape (he is expected to be gone by 17, but you never know). I still hope they come out this draft with Gani Lawal, but he would be one of the later picks.

Kevin Seraphin, Larry Sanders, Hassan Whiteside, and Daniel Orton are also names to watch for.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I just don't see them picking #17 and #30 and then #32.

They're going to pull out everything to move in the top 10. If they can't, move the pick for a pick next year.

Just a hunch but from everything they've said so far I think it's not off the wall (too much).

Posted by: SteveMG | June 24, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

John Holling is saying this on ESPN Twitter. I can't stand this guy:

"@johnhollinger OKC swallowed $2 million to get the 18th pick. Wash swallowed $17 million to get 17th pick. Quick quiz: Which team is run better? 26 minutes ago"

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

John Hollinger, sorry. - Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Ah-ha, what an a$$:

"@johnhollinger Recanting last Tweet re:Wizards pending further information; I'm told there may be other considerations involved."

Jerk.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

It's very possible the Wizards gave up our 2nd rounder for Hinrich.

Wouldn't be shocked if we gave up Foye too (and Chicago subsequently declines his option).

Posted by: psps23 | June 24, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Here guys:

http://twitter.com/espn/nba

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | June 24, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

"I just don't see them picking #17 and #30 and then #32.

My guess is that they'll send their second-round pick (#32) to Chicago for Hinrich and #17. The second-rounder doesn't require a guarranteed contract, and that's what the Bulls want since they're trying to clear cap room.

By the way, if this move allows them to land two top-tier free agents (say, LeBron and Wade or Lebron and Bosh) to go along with Derrick Rose, that should make them the favorite in the Eastern Conference.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | June 24, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

There were several compliant about defensive liablity of arenas,I think hinrich is one of the best defenssive #2 gard in NBA with his bad contract.I could not see the upgrade of Childres over AT, they both are not good in offense. i personaly do not like to have a man who had two years day off from NBA game.

Posted by: gtefferra | June 24, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

It seems like half the people posting today just woke up this morning and heard there's a professional franchise in DC which plays basketball. Foye, Miller, Howard are gone. Livingston is a free agent (I'm sure the Wiz were somewhat interested but the Hinrich trade makes it moot). Hinrich is spelled "Hinrich." Childress is a 3 who can play 4 (like, say, Mbah a Moute), not a 3 who can 2. If the trade is true, the guard rotation would be Wall-Arenas-Hinrich with Young and Ross in mop-up duty. That, IMO, is super-solid. I really don't get all the hating, unless people just want to hate, which given how much people jump on Gil and Dray, must be the case.

Posted by: Urnesto | June 24, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

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