Wiz just need to be patient
The Wiz will have around $12M to spend in the free agency summer of 2003
This is based on assumptions of not picking up Chris Whitney's $3.3M team option and signing two lottery picks this year and next ( at around the same position ) and two 2nd rounders ( this year and next )
Their greatest need is to draft a 3 and Caron Butler may just fall to the Wiz this year with a bit of luck depending on how the draft day shapes up with trades etc. They may offer Courtney to New York to trade up and be assured of Caron at #7 which is probably where he should be as I have maintained all along.
Anyway , the Wiz would go in to next summer with 13 players under contract at around $31M giving them around $12M to spend ( before exception spending if they so choose ) based on the assumption that the CAP will be around $43M - maybe
Anyway they are fairly well set across the board with Hayward and White at Center, Kwame and L8 at PF , Rip at SG and Lue at backup point.
Butler should really be their guy and the guy that they should sacrifice either Jahidi or Courtney to move up and tab. Drafting a JR Bremer type at point in the 2nd round this year and the best available swingman on the board next year ... makes any trade for Crawford now impulsive and unrealistic when you consider they will have $12M to spend next year to max out :
A choice between free agent point guards :
Stevie Franchise ( if he doesnt reup the offer sheet in Houston if he is not chuffed about the Ming thing - which he has sent *****lies out that he isnt talking about how it will affect his game - Stevie goes home ? )
Not to mention that they should have around $8M to $9M to spend this year to have a run at Mike Bibby if the Kings do not want to come up with the scratch in the looming Luxury tax bill.
Bottom line ? All this Jamal stuff to the Wiz is premature and would be a hasty and imprudent move by Wiz Mgt when you consider the greater point guard spoils that are ther to be had now and next summer.
They should be hunting for bigger game with their cap position and where their most glaring hole will be before they become a complete side