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Wizards aren’t considering dealing JaVale McGee

The Minnesota Timberwolves may want JaVale McGee in any swap for the No. 2 overall pick, but the Wizards have no interest in moving the incredibly athletic, 7-foot-1 center, according to two sources with knowledge of the team’s thinking.

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The Wizards may have interest in moving up to get a desired player, but this draft -- with so many question marks from top to bottom -- isn’t the one that would convince the team to sacrifice McGee, a player that it has spent the past three years developing into a serviceable center in a league that is experiencing a dearth in talent at that position. With so much uncertainty atop the draft, the Wizards believe they can find a player that can help the team with the sixth pick.

The Timberwolves have made it no secret that they are willing to move the pick, with versatile 6-foot-9 forward Derrick Williams the mostly likely choice and forwards Kevin Love and Michael Beasley the two best players on their roster. Williams and Enes Kanter both worked out for Minnesota, though not against each other, on Thursday. After seeing both players, Timerwolves assistant general manager Tony Ronzone told the Associated Press, “I think everything is open. Everything is wide open.”

McGee is coming off a season in which he averaged career highs of 10.1 points, 8 rebounds and finished second both in block shots (2.4) and in the slam dunk contest. And while he frustrated Coach Flip Saunders and others on his staff with his occasional loss of focus and desires to take off and dribble, McGee is considered a part of the Wizards’ future. He is eligible for an extension this summer.

McGee could use another quality big man to push him and take away the sense of entitlement that some within the team believed kept him from repeating the same mistakes. But while McGee remains a work in progress, the Wizards anticipate that process to continue to Washington.

Michael Lee is the national basketball writer for The Washington Post.


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