The Wizards have been silent thus far as the 3 p.m. trade deadline approaches, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the process of getting a deal done. Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld is still making calls, and a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said that he expects something to happen, without offering any details.
JaVale McGee has been shopped, with the team failing to reach a contract extension with him in late January and McGee set to become a restricted free agent this summer. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Wizards are “asking for the world” in exchange for McGee. But a league source said the Wizards’ demands have been reasonable as they are seeking an NBA starter in return.
According to a rival executive, the Wizards are open to moving McGee but encountering problems because of the difficulty in matching up salaries to make a deal. McGee makes just $2.5 million this season and the Wizards have few big money contracts outside of the salaries for Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche and possibly Ronny Turiaf.
“Teams probably will not want to take on what Washington has in salary to make a deal work” for McGee, the executive said.
Lewis earns $22 million and Blatche makes $6.4 million, but Lewis hasn’t played since the all-star break with continuing knee troubles and teams have been reluctant to even listen to pitches for Blatche, according to multiple league sources. Two sources confirmed that the Wizards reached out to the Detroit Pistons a few weeks ago but were quickly rebuffed before the two sides could even discuss specifics.