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Wizards get rights to Trevor Booker from Timberwolves

The Wizards and Timberwolves have completed a deal in which Washington gets the rights to Trevor Booker, who was the 23rd overall pick by Minnesota, and the No. 56 pick in exchange for picks 30 and 35.

The Wizards worked out the 6-foot-7 Booker on June 14 at Verizon Center, and he would fill the team's need for an aggressive rebounder and finisher in the front court despite being a bit undersized for a power forward.

By Gene Wang  |  June 24, 2010; 9:52 PM ET
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Posted by: Vicc | June 24, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

Where is everybody?

Posted by: Vicc | June 24, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope for all Terps fans that Lance Stephenson doesn't get drafted. LOL!

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

I don't know if I've ever seen the Wizzards this active in the draft. Hope that all of this turns into success long-term.

Posted by: preacherman120022002 | June 24, 2010 10:04 PM | Report abuse

I love the fact that John Wall is 6'4"

I don't like undersized players, especially in the frontcourt.

Come playoff time(and I'm not expecting playoffs this year)the really good teams always find a way to expose teams with undersized players.

Posted by: Vicc | June 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

Props to Greivis, hope it works out!

Posted by: ts35 | June 24, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

I actually thought the Wiz needed a #3.

I envisioned Blatche at the 4 with McGee at the 5.

McGee is still a year or two away from being a quality center tho..

Posted by: Vicc | June 24, 2010 10:13 PM | Report abuse

Too late to get Abe back? WTF.

Posted by: Zornado | June 24, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Al Thornton doesn't play the 3? I thought he was one of the key elements in all the trading last year.

Posted by: dcinmd1 | June 24, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

David Kahn (Timberwolves GM) has to be Ernie's biggest fan

Posted by: bulletsfan78 | June 24, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's hope Bookers turns out to be a Jason Maxiell type of physical player.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad the Wizards are profiting from the "we don't give a da*n about LeBron" sweepstakes. 17th pick and a good bench guard for nothin'? Yes please

Posted by: Kev29 | June 24, 2010 10:20 PM | Report abuse

While I am glad about the Wall selection, Seraphin probably won't play in the NBA for a few years and Booker is a guy we could have drafted at #30 or maybe even #35.
Unless we grab a good player at #56 I am not impressed by the post Wall picks.

Posted by: jeremybozz | June 24, 2010 10:23 PM | Report abuse

Another draft, another failure! Surpised Ernie didnt blow the 1st pick. Name one project draftee that has worked out. FIRE ERNIE FIRE ERNIE!

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

Booker seems like a good instant injection of energy. Seraphin, I fear, is French for "bust".

Posted by: ArchieTambo | June 24, 2010 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Leave it up to Ernie and Flip to blow another draft. Why would you want to get a 6'7" pf. How do you blow another draft. I'm so pissed with this group. Ted what the hell are you doing letting these idiots ruin your team

Posted by: rnbrown4 | June 24, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

What is Ernie doing? Who is this French bum? I expected something different but it appears we're getting the same old Wizards. WTF

Posted by: abc1238 | June 24, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | June 24, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

$17+mil in cap space, #30 and #35 has become Hinrich, Serrafin, and Booker...

who's happy?

Ask me that question in a year.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | June 24, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Thank goodness we at least got John Wall, the next Wizards GM will have at least one piece to work with. Did Ernie think Olympiakos was in the division? Fire Ernie!

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 10:41 PM | Report abuse

OMG what a nightmare of a night, Ernie bends-over for Minny AGAIN, what an INSANE trade. The pick is fine, but we could have gotten him at 30, or even 35.

Posted by: closg | June 24, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree with jeremybozz---

WTF did they pass on a guy like Whiteside who can rebound and block shots. Whats the point of having a pick in the mid first round to let him live overseas for the next 2 years and we only have 7 guys under contract. Also, we are in desperate need of rebounding and defense at the C position. Ernie Grunfeld is the worst.

Posted by: m_dozier | June 24, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

and Solomon Alabi would have been available at 35, instead of losing 30 and 35 for Booker.

Posted by: schoolboard | June 24, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Gani Lawal who is still on the board is better than Trevor Booker.

Ernie is terrible at drafting players. Time for a change.

We picked the Frenchie over James Anderson. Anderson could of come in an helped us right away. Funny he goes a few picks later to the Spurs.

Dejuan Blair anyone????

Posted by: dominic10464 | June 24, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious..........people complain about this Booker guy being undersized yet were probably the ones who were in love with Dejuan Blair last year, who is the same size. To those complaining,do you seriously even know what you want?

Posted by: Unitedfury | June 24, 2010 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Ted starting to look like Abe. Unless they get a big body free agent center this team will be in trouble. I'm sick.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | June 24, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

LOVE BOOKER PICK...brings interior toughness...great pick...better than hassan kid (character issues...mcgee clone)

Posted by: merajc86 | June 24, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

What a disappointing end to the night we drafted John Wall. I can not stress how terrible the moves of today have been outside of John Wall.

Ernie and Flip are resting their jobs on Frenchie and Booker. GOOD LUCK

Posted by: dominic10464 | June 24, 2010 10:54 PM | Report abuse

Yes Unitedfury.

Dejuan Blair was a steal where we were at last year whereas this year we did a lot of wheelin and dealin to get bench players. Time will tell but my gut tells me Ernie has squandered another draft.

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

BTW where's EGs #5 pick from last year? Both gone I'm told. Nuthin from nuthin = Nuthin.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 24, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

No I am not the biggest E.G. fan but these trades actually make a little sense... The French BUM as some as you called him might not come over so his money won't come off our books! Trevor Booker is a terror on the boards and so many of the fans here were mad when we passed up Dejaun Blair who wasn't quite the defensive player Booker is...

Some of us fans may not has seen us getting really close to signing Josh Childress (was the 6th man of the year) so... there is your three player who is 6'7.5" himself and can dribble, shoot, pass, and rebound...

Then if Frenchy doesnt come over and we have that money on the books it allows us to go after ANOTHER veteran or two...With John Wall, Arenas (yes I said his name) Josh Childress at the three think about it what LOW post player wouldnt want to play here? Yes those players demand the ball but I think Arenas is at a point where he just wants to prove his worth so he can get out of town or be the hero again...Either way I'll stroke his ego to get the best result for the team...Wall is going to want to prove himself and childress is going to want to prove he made the right move over seas and prove he is worth the money he thought he was! Now if Ernie can get a solid big and maybe get Mike Miller to by into being the 6th man off the bench we might have a decent team! I know its a big if but hey one can wish!

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | June 24, 2010 10:58 PM | Report abuse

Not comparing the Blair to Booker. Just making the note that we passed on a guy the Spurs drafted two years in a row.

Posted by: dominic10464 | June 24, 2010 10:59 PM | Report abuse

How many 6'7" pf does anyone know in the league what a joke. ERNIE AND FLIP SUCK. Ted hoping Wall will fill the building. Once a loser always a loser. Hopefully they prove me wrong and make some fantastic move in free agency.

Posted by: rnbrown4 | June 24, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Skinzfan4life what are you talking about? Am I understanding you right? You think the wizards drafted frenchie because he won't come over and won't count against the cap?

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 11:03 PM | Report abuse

blah blah blah...grips, complaints, and the standard post draft exasperation. First, if the players past the early first round didn't have some "issues" such as character, size, shot, overall ability etc etc, they would be picked SOONER!

And, anyone declaring anything as being terrible before a single game is played is MORONIC!

Posted by: rphilli721 | June 24, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Seraphin actually looks pretty good, and he's really young. I'm OK with that pick. Booker has been described as "an undersized Brandon Bass" .... and to me, Bass is undersized.

So who is going to be there at 56? As a Maryland fan, I'd love to see Greivis Vasquez still up there, but for the betterment of the team, it has to be a big guy .... preferably very big.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | June 24, 2010 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind Skinzforlife your post was as asinine as I originally thought. You deserved to get cussed out. Why on earth would the Wiz pay 3 million dollars and take on Heinrich to even bother? If they didn't want the money on the books then they wouldn't have made the trade to get the 17th pick. This is just another classic Ernie pick. Ted fire Ernie and Flip before they do permenant damage!

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Nevermind — just saw Vasquez is headed to Memphis. Congrats to him.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | June 24, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

Oh... Plus if we keep Hinrich..who I wasnt to hyped on at first....but now am warming up to the idea... Plus John Wall, Gilby, Blatche, and decent low post player with a good bench (Hinrich, Young, Thorton, whoever else) might attract a hometown boy who wants some hometown cooking (sorta-miles wise) in Carmelo. Move J.Childress to the bench again where he has proven he can be a a very good player (all star type player) and then you have a team that has veteran leadership...scoring... Now just a little rebounding and shot blocking and we are a year or two away of being serious contenders...

Flip knows how to use a good back court (Billups, Hamilton, Stretch aka T. Prince) now get some umph upfront and make this thing happen Flip! We arent in as bad shape as thought! And if the season does go bad (can it really get much worse?) atleast John wall will be flying all over the place posterizing people!

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | June 24, 2010 11:11 PM | Report abuse

Only EG and Flipper could ruin a draft night when we had the top pick. These picks and trades make no sense.
Why Heinrich? Why? And why pick up the 17th pick for a guy who isn't gonna be here. And if he were here is another complete project. It makes no sense.

As for Booker, why trade up and give away picks for someone you could have gotten with your original picks and still gotten someone else. This guy wasn't going anywhere. Except for Wall, everything that was done tonight makes absolutely no sense.
Simply a complete waste.
Just like last year's trade of our No. 5 for 2 guys who won't be around this year come training camp. Why are these guys still running the team?
This is a sad joke.

Posted by: dovelevine | June 24, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse

Actually Frenchy looks like he has a better back to the basket game that McGee and he is alot stronger. Don't judge too early people.

Posted by: lemekdivine | June 24, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

And, anyone declaring anything as being terrible before a single game is played is MORONIC!

Posted by: rphilli721

Amen. I bet not one person on this blog has seen Seraphin play, yet they're calling for Ernie's head already. It really is amazing.

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Eman8 or whatever your name is...I didnt say they drafted him because they thought he wouldnt come over...I said if he doesnt the money doesnt come off the books as in the past with other foreign players...The dude didnt look so bad...But thats why Ernie got fired and you got his job...wait YOU DIDNT... No I dont think he is the sharpest tool in the shed...BUT he has gotten some pretty good trades for some pretty crappy players. Kwame for Caron...yea yea the big three didnt work BUT we all can say we loved caron and the heart he played with! Gilbert the basket case for basically nothing! Yea he is a gun totar but I am sure u were on his jock strap when he was hitting buzzard beaters! So sit back and see how it works out.

Posted by: SkinzFan4lyfe | June 24, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

How many 6'7" pf does anyone know in the league

Posted by: rnbrown4
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Maybe Shawn Marrion but not many. Booker is 240+ lbs of muscle, bigger than 6-9 Patterson who went 14th. It's not all about hight, but I would've like to have seen him a bit taller.

Posted by: RambleOn | June 24, 2010 11:20 PM | Report abuse

The only reason Ernie is still here is because Ted didn't have time to fire him, I can only imagine Ted's horror right now. I'll bet he wishes he had made the picks himself. He may have to borrow some talent from the Capitals to get through this.

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Booker is a lefty, board crashing, hustle freak.

Obviously he killed in workouts and has a 4-year resume at Clemson. He never backed down from anybody in college so he probably won't in the pros.

Who cares if the team reached a little bit. At least Ernie & Co. made some moves to get better. Last draft the brass was so passive trading the fifth pick and passing on Blair. I was WAY more pissed last year.

Who on this thread would rather have Hinrich than Stephen Curry? I thought so.

Posted by: elfreako | June 24, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

So we have added:

#5 no one.
#4 SERAPHIN 6'10" 270
#4 BOOKER 6'8" 240
#2 no one.
#1 JOHN WALL 6'4" 220

and we have the #56 pick.

Posted by: glawrence007 | June 24, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Amen. I bet not one person on this blog has seen Seraphin play, yet they're calling for Ernie's head already. It really is amazing.

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:18 PM

What makes you think EG has seen him play? Kid didnt start basketball til age 15 and has played limited minutes on his French team. Hurt his knee and hasnt worked out for anyone. He was picked purely on physical attributes (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Is he really a better pick than Daniel Orton who at least would surely be here from Day1 rather than hopefully at some point in future? Time will tell I guess

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Blair weighs 260-270 this Booger I mean Booker dude is 233. No comparison. But I think we should've dumped a few more contracts i.e. Young and heist box Thorton, and not added the Heinrich contract and at least attempted to grab one of these great free agents available this year.... Every team who builds through the draft get multiple franchise and core players with lottery picks. Like the Thunder Durant-Green-Westbrook and Portland Aldridge-Roy-Oden. So we got 1 franchise player. I think the french guy is a risk despite his athleticism. And this Booker guy might be a flop as well. If you are gonna take a risk, you should risk big. Whiteside or Albi.

Posted by: m_dozier | June 24, 2010 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Those that defend Ernie are probably the same who last year told us trading the #5 pick was a good move...how did that work out?

They are the same who said selling the 2nd round pick was a good move...how did that work out?

Sometimes you don't need to wait to know when you see a bad move.

Posted by: Boogadiggy | June 24, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Grunfeld should have been gone long ago. His most craft personnel move is keeping his own job after putting together such a poor team (agonizingly, over many years), around a nucleus of soft jump shooters. Having said that, the Wiz could have done worse than Wall, Hinrich, Booker and that French kid, with a 56th still to come. Haven't seen Seraphin, but he sure has an NBA-ready physique and could turn out to be one of those foreign sleepers. Unlike skinny European big men who prefer to shoot the three than get their hair gel ruffled, he looks like a legit potential banger. Booker looks to be a solid bench player, and will give the team some much-needed muscle, despite his shortcomings. I hope Wall turns out to be the second coming, as he benefited from having FOUR OTHER number one picks on his team. That always makes me nervous (see how those 'can't miss' Florida players turned out... OK, but none too special). Still way too early to call this draft, but at least we ain't trawling the net for scouting reports on Pech, cursing selling out our chance at Blair for chump change or welcoming the arrival of two crushingly mediocre veteran role players over an exciting new lottery pick.

Posted by: SammyT1 | June 24, 2010 11:34 PM | Report abuse

What makes you think EG has seen him play? Kid didnt start basketball til age 15 and has played limited minutes on his French team. Hurt his knee and hasnt worked out for anyone. He was picked purely on physical attributes (which is not necessarily a bad thing).

Is he really a better pick than Daniel Orton who at least would surely be here from Day1 rather than hopefully at some point in future? Time will tell I guess

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 11:24 PM

Are you joking around, divi3? Seraphin's buyout is reported to be around $500K. That's not a deal-breaker. As far as laying eyeballs on Seraphin, I'm confident that Ernie and/or his scouts have seen him play. We'll find out for sure at the news conference tomorrow when some intrepid reporter asks all the obvious questions. Is he better than Orton? We'll find out, but I'm not going to act all ticked like he isn't.

Can you just take a breath and let the process play out?

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

Skinforlife Ernie has a horrible draft record, and as you said he put together a team that failed. 3ssentially a team with the same type of players; all offense, no toughness and zippy defense.

It still doesn't make sense to draft a player that you think will be playing over seas when there were NBA ready players available. Those types of players afre 2nd rounders. We needed a player pr two to play along Wall and make some contribution now and then develop. From all accounts Serraphin is a project player but I guess some people follow french basketball more then I do.

Horrible.

Posted by: Eman8 | June 24, 2010 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"Seraphin" is French for Pecherov.

Posted by: shovetheplanet | June 24, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Sometimes you don't need to wait to know when you see a bad move.

Posted by: Boogadiggy

True. And sometimes you do (especially when you haven't seen one of the picks play).

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Can you just take a breath and let the process play out?

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:35 PM

You mean like it did with Veerminko and Navarro? Where basically by the time you realize they'll never be here enough time has passed that people dont focus on it anymore as everyone is concerned with guys on the floor and the season at hand?

Just because I prefer drafting ncaa guys who are here from day1 doesnt mean i'm going all ape-sh$t over it. It's just my opinion that you dont move way up in the 1st round to get a total project who may not be here for 2yrs.

Of course, maybe getting Hinrich was the bigger point of the move

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 11:44 PM | Report abuse

Something tells me this team ain't all that crazy about McGee.

Posted by: lemekdivine | June 24, 2010 11:48 PM | Report abuse

Just because I prefer drafting ncaa guys who are here from day1 doesnt mean i'm going all ape-sh$t over it. It's just my opinion that you dont move way up in the 1st round to get a total project who may not be here for 2yrs.

Of course, maybe getting Hinrich was the bigger point of the move

Posted by: divi3 | June 24, 2010 11:44 PM


divi3, you're better than this.

1. Neither Seraphin nor his agent have said they're staying overseas for another season or two.
2. He can opt out of his contract THIS YEAR for around $500K according to his agent.
3. The lowest position Seraphin had on the mock drafts I've seen was #25.
4. Nice red herrings with Veermenko and Navarro. They have nothing to do with Seraphin. Nice try, though.

Posted by: and_1 | June 24, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

Just spoke to Bouna Seraphin's agent Bouna Ndiaye. He's ecstatic. "Washington was our first choice." Seraphin's buyout is 500k.
2010-06-24 20:32:00

From DraftExpress.com

Sounds like Seraphin will be here this year.

Posted by: djnnnou | June 25, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

Ernie is a pure idiot!!!!

Posted by: tramellcanady | June 25, 2010 12:00 AM | Report abuse

I tried to be positive. But my gut reaction is I'm pissed. As a team rebuilding we needed guys who can come in and start playing together. We won't see Seraphin until we cannot remember him. It seems like Ernie missed the great PF class (fine, it's hard to trade and get what you want when you have nothing), so he resorted to taking a gamble (cough, and one that won't reflect his failure as a GM for years). This is ridiculous. I understand we are starting from scratch but we need SOMETHING to demonstrate progress, and a guy who may not suit up next season at all is not showing us anything. I was fine with taking on Hinrich but not for this (only positive is some playoff team might need a Hinrich mid-season). We should still take back Foye and Livingston. Have those two with Wall and Young and NOT play Arenas or Hinrich. I'm serious, though both are good players they are not part of the future. There is no need to develop chemistry with guys who won't be in the plans. Foye and Livingston could be in the plans...they are young and have skill. Arrrrrrrrgh

And the Booker deal was terrible. This 6-7 better be the great rebounding back-up to Thornton that will solidfy the 3 spot for years...WHAT he's a PF...F***. We could have gotten Varnado, or a slew of other guys not mentioned, and we got him and #56. FIRE ERNIE TOMORROW TED.

Posted by: mcgratsp | June 25, 2010 12:01 AM | Report abuse

I like the last pick we got. Every pick except for frenchie was at least decent. It just might be I'm not a fan of the cost we paid to get frenchie. Well hopefully we pull Rudy Gay and Arenas Works out in the backcourt with Wall. I don't see this squad going through Howard, Lebron, or Wade anytime soon.

Posted by: Eman8 | June 25, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

-Wall (Grade: A+)

-Seraphin (Grade: B)the other guys drafted around his spot did not impress me. This guy is a bit of an unknown with some obvious potential. I'd like to see him come over this year and get some NBA seasoning. We'll have the PT to go around this year.

-Booker (Grade C) He's a gamer, and is probably closer to being ready to play in the NBA than most of the guys drafted around here. But, he's not a guy you're going to want playing on your NBA team. His size will be a liability.

-Big Rutgers guy (Grade B) Defensive player of the year in the Big East? Sounds good to me! He may be raw, but a back-up Center prospect is about all we could hope for at 56.

Overall Draft Grade: B-

Going into the draft, I figured we'd get Wall and a whole lot of nothing with the 30/35 picks. We managed to make some moves and grab picks at 17/23, which may or may not pan out to be anything more than nothing. That French dude looks like a player to me though, and I'm just going to cross my fingers and hope that all four of these guys help us out over the next few years.

Go Wizards!!!

Posted by: msveasey | June 25, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

what is the deal with the wizards and these foreign stiffs...this wreacks of ernie grunFell...i'm sorry but you get the number one draft pick and you surround him with this! i know Wall is like what in the world have i gotten myself into??? he's probably already thinking about when he can become an unrestricted free agent!! Ted why would you not draft some athletic bangers/rebounders who can play some defense...and don't tell me they are not there with the trades you made to move up! these picks will add NOTHING to help Wall make this team worth watching...Ted you want people to come to Verizon center and experience and all-around entertaining environment and that all cool...but you keep people coming and supporting when you present future hope...pick one was a no-brainer...but you didn't have to use that mindset with the rest of your picks...Ted WE WANT A WINNING BASKETBALL TEAM HERE!! GET SOME PLAYERS WHO PLAY HARD AND EXCITING BASKETBALL PLEASE!!

Posted by: ronniecope106 | June 25, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

OK,,,look and wait til judgments are made on the acquisitions of EG.....The No. "56" draft pick in late 2nd rd. and part of the trade w/the Timberwolves is none other than the Def. player of the year in league of Rutgers, and a strong shotblocker/defender as analyst said in 7'0" ,235 lb.Center Hamedy NDlaye...So we got him AND Booker in exchage for our 30th and 35th picks. So let's wait before we condemn EG...As for that French player Kevin Seraphin,21(sounds like an angelic name?), let's wait and see how he turns out...as EG may have seen something we did not see....Go Wiz!!

Posted by: fbacolod29 | June 25, 2010 12:41 AM | Report abuse

Ernie is a great GM. He never panicked with Jameson, Butler and Arenas. He just kept bringing in low dollar additions, per Pollins desire. The team went to playoffs and tried to improve cheaply. Then Arenas has a brain fart and Ernie rearranges the team. We get a #1 pick, we win the lottery (luck). We have Thornton, and Howard that we can resign for fewer dollars. Now we have:
C-McGhee
PF-Blatche, Howard, Seraphin
SF-Thornton, Miller, Booker
SG-Arenas, Heinrich, Young
PG- Wall, Livingston,
We still have some dollars available for another big man. And we have some trade pieces. What about Boozer, Stoudemire, Bosh, Jermaine O'Neal. Teams are shedding players like fleas. There is some coachable talent on this team. If Howard, Miller, and Livingston leave we still have good starters and lots of money to get what we need.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | June 25, 2010 12:48 AM | Report abuse

1bmffwb not to sink your battleship homey but that roster you laid out couldn't win 40 games! you're right about one thing though...they better be extremely active before the season starts or this could get ugly and instead of having a franchise player we could turn this kid into a malcontent with all the losing (who's to say Arenas knee will ever be NBA worthy again-no one is mentioning that key point) I really think EG is way "UNDER" his head as a GM in "todays" NBA...Ted will give him an opportunity to prove me wrong though thats how he is... very loyal.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | June 25, 2010 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Unlike most, although not thrilled w/this Seraphim cat, his specs. make me wanna reserve judgement on the wisdom of spending Pick #17 on him. Ndiaye just seems like an insurance-policy pick, in the event McGee goes down...have never seen him play. Booker, I like (to use sparingly, ala Jason Maxiell), but I still would have selected ALABI over him at #23.

Guess these roster spots are now expendable: Livingston (whom I REALLY, really hate to lose), Foye, Boykins, Ross, Crittendon, Cedric Jackson, Cartier Martin, Oberto.

I would either keep Young, Howard, Miller and Thornton, or use them as trade bait. Would NOT pay Howard max money to return. If Miller wants to walk, I would let him.

Only elite FA I think the Wiz should purse is Bosh. Otherwise, we should make serious moves for a proven CENTER.

Posted by: ntlekt | June 25, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

Everyone penciling in McGhee as the starting center are missing a minor detail: He's horrible defensively....

Posted by: randysbailin | June 25, 2010 2:36 AM | Report abuse

OK OK I like this kid Hamady N'Diaye hopefully they will "coach em up" correctly and this kid could make some noise in the NBA...this young man will def push Mcgee and I see a lot of block shots and (hopefully) some hustle/energy at practices/games this season at the VC...maybe this kid could make me eat crow about EG's selections...time will tell...the main thing I think the Wiz need is some players who have energy and hustle and will push those tired, poot butt vets they currently pay on their roster (maybe even push them right out the door if they don't step it up). Maybe there really will be something to cheer about at the VC this upcoming season...

Posted by: ronniecope106 | June 25, 2010 2:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm glad the team was active and I'm glad they looked for bigs (where you usually have to bring in like 4 of them and hope even 1 pans out) instead of wing players (who are a dime a dozen).

Recent history shows just how hard it is to develop a young big man. That is why so many former 2nd round pick big men get big contracts after only a couple of years in the league.

As for the guys that the Wiz added: I agree with so many on this blog, if the team liked Booker so much, why not just wait for him to fall to them. Its not like post players where being scooped up much. Everyone seemed to be rating wing players higher.

I hated the idea of trading #30 and #35 for Booker. The comparisons to Blair are way off. Not only is Blair much thicker, but he showed an array of low post moves/skill while playing against some legit college centers in the Big East and he defended taller men well, too. While Booker was able to leave the tougher post player to be defended by a teammate ALL FOUR years at Clemson.

As for Seraphin, he has some nice potential, wants to come to the NBA right away, and already has an NBA upper and lower body. He is still too raw/young to really identify his best case, but maybe if I identify his worst case it will relieve some posters.

For all you ACC fans, at worst Seraphin would be Sheldon Williams only with long arms and terrific leaping ability.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 25, 2010 3:41 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: the Wiz get a solid PG in Heinrich as well as a nice young player to develop for the future for nothing and you guys are complaining?

Posted by: handson404 | June 25, 2010 6:34 AM | Report abuse

Let me get this straight: the Wiz get a solid PG in Heinrich as well as a nice young player to develop for the future for nothing and you guys are complaining?

Posted by: handson404 |

I read in another Insider posting that the Wizs gave up a future first rounder in exchange for the 17th and Hinrich (PLEASE, I hope I'm wrong!) which isn't to my liking. I like the trade otherwise, but definitely NOT for a future first rounder.

Posted by: humen8r | June 25, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I read in another Insider posting that the Wizs gave up a future first rounder in exchange for the 17th and Hinrich (PLEASE, I hope I'm wrong!) which isn't to my liking. I like the trade otherwise, but definitely NOT for a future first rounder.

Posted by: humen8r

The Wiz will give up a future 2nd rounder for this trade, not a 1st.

Posted by: garrybrown | June 25, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

This draft will be remembered in years to come for one thing only. John Wall. Forget about all these other jokers who may or may not turn out to be decent players. Grunfeld will be considered a genius if Wall becomes what everyone expects him to be. He will be a failure if Wall does not live up to expectations.

Putting together a collection of highly talented prima donnas is not going to help in the development of Wall.

Hinrich can serve as an on-court coach to bring Wall to his full potential as quickly as possible, and he can complement Wall whereas someone like Arenas might compete with Wall for attention.

Hinrich's contract will expire in 2 years, which is about the time needed to fully develop Wall -- at which time you can transition to a more athletic player at a point in Wall's career where he will no longer need the stabilizing influence of a Hinrich.

I have always loved Arenas, but this needs to be Wall's team now and hopefully Arenas can land elsewhere and make a new start that will be good for him and for the Wizards who need to develop Wall as their star player.

Posted by: joyster8 | June 25, 2010 8:36 AM | Report abuse

...they better be extremely active before the season starts or this could get ugly and instead of having a franchise player we could turn this kid into a malcontent with all the losing...

Posted by: ronniecope106

You mean the same way all the losing early in their career ruined Kevin Durant, Isaiah Thomas, Michael Jordan, etc.... Some of you guys are ridiculous. The Wizards are REBUILDING! Do you understand the meaning of the word??

Posted by: and_1 | June 25, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

John W pick was a no brainer..if i were a GM i probably would have called Hornets about Chris P straight up.

Booker looks like Artest with better skillz 2 score, so i think he will it will be too our advantage 25 mins/per game.

Seraphin...havent seen em but if San Antonio made this pick would we be skeptical?

Heinrick- Money off the bench will score in bunches with Shaun Livingston against opponents 2nd team (playoff experince)

Free Agency--I would be at the front doors of Scotty Reynolds and Sahman from Mount St Mary ,bring back Haywood and Celtics or Orlando dont stand a chance !

Posted by: FrontRowHarraser | June 25, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

If Hamady Ndiaye, the 7ft kid from Rutgers can come in and put on some weight, say 25-30lbs we might have something.

Posted by: ajb1094 | June 25, 2010 10:17 AM | Report abuse

ERNIE MUST GO - GIVE AWAY OF #5 PICK FOR 1 SEASON RENTALS - UNFORGIVABLE.

Also, not getting any draft picks for Caron and Brenden was an outrage, especially considering we're not going after any FAs with the cap room created. Not sure why they killed $9M from next year's cap with Hinrich either - appears there's no cohesive strategy going on.

Also, didn't like the moves where they gave up D. Blair and B. Walker for cash (could have been an Abe mandate though).

Lastly, I've seen conflicting reports re Hinrich - what'd we give up? future 1st round, 2nd round, or just cash?

Posted by: BulletsFan1 | June 25, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

For everyone saying who would've been available at 30 or 35 or who we should've drafted or who should get fired: Maybe, just maybe, the guy who has been a GM in this league for a long time knows a little more about the draft than you do. Yes, I know, difficult to believe . . .

Posted by: RIP-21 | June 25, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

One of the things that bothers me about the Wizards trading the #30 and #35 to take Booker at #23 is that Ernie admitted that they were looking at two guys that were expected to be there at #30 and #35 (Booker was obviously one of them), but they traded up because they started to fear that both would be gone before #30.

It just sounds too much like they panicked. Especially when you think about all the roster space that they have and how much better #35 sounds than #56.

My opinion is that in a deep draft (for any sport) you have to value quantity over perceived quality. Just look at teams like the Ravens and the Patriots, they gamble all the time that the guys they want will still be available later when they think the depth of a draft will let someone else drop to them if their guy is taken. I have a tough time believing that if someone else liked Booker enough to draft him in the first it would not have left an unexpectedly high-rated alternative on the board.

Posted by: SportzWiz | June 25, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

the wizards traded up to get booker because his stock had risen before the draft. booker's nba combine results were outstanding. he won the 3/4 court spring, he was 2nd in bench press, he in the top 10 in vertical leap, the list goes on. he's a 4 yr player who can contribute immediately. the nba is about quality, not quantity. if you think the player you want is going to be gone by the time you pick, then you trade up. you have to. besides, #30 and #35 picks hardly pan out. also, for the posters who are complaining about how we traded our #5 pick last year to minnesota for foye and miller, i believe it's because abe pollin wanted to win "now" and our best chance would be to add veterans, not a rookie. we added much needed toughness this draft. i don't think anyone should complain, at least not until you see these guys play.

Posted by: swishjobs | June 26, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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