With a week left before the NBA draft, rumors continue to swirl about the Wizards and their desire to move up to land Arizona forward Derrick Williams. Jonathan Givony of Draft Express has been reporting for weeks that the Wizards were among the most active teams looking to make a move and wrote in his latest mock draft, “there is talk that Minnesota has offered Washington a swap of the Nos. 2 and 6 picks in a package that includes JaVale McGee, but that appears unlikely unless the Timberwolves part with more assets.”
Most scouts and executives believe that the NBA draft has just two possible impact players in Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Williams, with role players and risky picks to follow. The Wizards definitely need to add more big-time talent to their roster, and Williams would certainly fit the bill -- especially after his recent performance for Sport Science (Remember John Wall’s Sport Science video last summer?).
Cleveland has been linked with Irving for weeks, but Cavaliers Coach Byron Scott told Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports that the organization is still trying to determine whether it will take Irving or Williams with the No. 1 overall pick. Williams worked out with the Cavaliers on Tuesday and apparently impressed.
Williams and Turkish big man Enes Kanter are both expected to work out for the Timberwolves on Thursday, which could make it easier for Minnesota to determine the direction that it really wants to take.
Sacrificing McGee would be a huge decision for the Wizards after they spent a full season developing the athletically-gifted 7-foot-1 center and watched him finish second in the NBA in blocked shots. McGee still has tremendous holes in his games, but he is just 23, is coming off a career-year and tried out for Team USA last summer.
The Wizards obviously wouldn’t need another point guard, which would make moving up for Williams a serious risk, though many still believe Cleveland will still take Irving. They haven’t denied their interest in possibly moving up, and any discussions would get more serious as the draft approaches.
They will be in Chicago on Friday to work out Kanter. The 6-foot-11 Kanter has been slotted to be gone before the sixth pick, but he is expected to still be around in recent mocks by Givony and ESPN.com’s Chad Ford. But the Wizards could also take Jan Vesely or Kawhi Leonard, if either player is still around. Sam Amick of SportsIllustrated.com has the Wizards going with Lithuanian center Jonas Valanciunas, though many other mock drafts have him gone before the sixth pick.
What would you do?