Okafor Out Until All-Star Break?
With the news that Emeka Okafor’s herniated disk may sideline him for as long as three months, it confirms the dire need the Wizards had to make a deal for another post player. While not the defensive presence of Okafor, Marcin Gortat provides an inside scoring threat that the Wizards have been lacking. Gortat has the size and the game to bang inside with opposing centers, allowing Nene, more of a finesse player, to utilize his passing skills.
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Wizards owner Ted Leonsis has made it abundantly clear that he expects the franchise to make the NBA playoffs this season, with he future of Coach Randy Wittman and General Manager Ernie Grunfeld depending on it.
The extent of Okafor’s injury doesn’t matter much to the Suns, who have stockpiled as many as four first round picks in the 2014 NBA draft. The draft is the strongest and deepest in at least a decade and is loaded with players that can turn a franchise around in a hurry. The draft pick that the Wizards sent to Phoenix is protected through twelve, meaning if Washington is drafting among the first dozen selections, they will owe the Suns a first round pick the following year instead. The Wizards fully expect to make the playoffs and if they do, they wouldn’t be drafting among the first twelve selections, so the pick would convey to the desert.
As for Wittman, he now has two reliable big men to go with arguably the best young perimeter roster in the Eastern Conference. With a few exceptions, the roster is relatively healthy and Washington will hopefully avoid the dreadful start of a season ago when star John Wall was sidelined with an injury.
The Wizards open regular season play on Wednesday in Detroit, with the home opener Friday night against Philadelphia.
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