No, Wizards fans were not targeting ‘Cash Considerations’ in the second round


(Kathy Willens)

I can’t say I sensed a lot of anticipation and hype from Wizards fans before Thursday’s draft. The team had just one pick, midway through the second round. The offseason focus is on Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, not the largely mysterious names 46 picks into the draft. Heck, Wizards fans were thrilled not to have to stress out during the NBA’s draft lottery; crossing that off Washington’s sports schedule was a sign of progress.

Anyhow, as it turned out, the Wizards sold their second-round pick for cash. Via Brandon Parker:

“We focused in on two, three players who we thought would be there but were gone by the time it was our turn to pick, and we didn’t want to waste it and just bring someone in that we didn’t think would fit in with what we were trying to do,” Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld said after emerging from the Wizards’ draft war room at Verizon Center late Thursday night. “Nothing really came up for us and we felt like it was best to move the pick for cash considerations, and this way it opens up another roster spot for us to get someone who’s established.”

This seemed to make Wizards fans interested. Interested in making jokes, anyhow.

Now, bear in mind that many of the fiercest Wizards fans I know attach a certain level of self-loathing and masochism to their Wizards fandom, constantly questioning their life decisions even as they relish their intense personal history with, say, Oleksiy Pecherov. So I fully admit this may not be an entirely representative sample of what Wizards fans were feeling late Thursday. With any luck, many of them were feeling a light blanket over their prone and sleeping bodies when the decision came down.

But this is what I saw.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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