Marshall Plan, Missing A Point

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Updated: February 20, 2014
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The Wizards finally got the quality backup point guard they were seeking in Andre Miller. The Wizards parting ways with free agency fail Eric Maynor and a 2nd round pick (from New Orleans) in 2015. The Wizards also finally gave up on Jan Vesely, the 6th overall pick of the 2011 draft. The 38 year old Miller is making $5 million this season and will make $4.6 million next. The good news is that the Wiz are free of another season of Maynor, including the $2.1 million due next year.

Initial reaction to the deal came from Los Angeles Lakers starting point guard Kendall Marshall.

With the trade of Terrapin great Steve Blake to Golden State last night, Marshall is now firmly the starter for Kobe’s team. But wait, he was on the Wizards this season right? Yes, acquired along with Shannon Brown and Malcolm Lee from Phoenix in the Marcin Gortat deal. Marshall, Brown and Lee were promptly cut by the Wizards. Perhaps Ernie Grunfeld wasn’t familiar with him? Well, he was a McDonalds All-American from Dumfries that led Arlington’s Bishop O’Connell to the Virginia state title. OK, but he surely didn’t do anything after that. Wrong, he started for two seasons at North Carolina before he was a lottery pick by Phoenix (13th overall) in the 2012 draft. Yes, a miss and Marshall told you so.

To their credit, the Wiz did try to make a splash, offering Trevor Ariza to Cleveland in hopes of landing Luol Deng. The offer made, according to Cavaliers beat writer Jason Lloyd with the Akron Beacon Journal. With Washington without a first round pick to offer (in the Marshall deal) and Deng’s refusal to negotiate a long term deal with anyone before July free agency, made a swap a non-starter.

By shipping Jan to the mountains, the 2011 draft is officially a lost cause. You really can’t blow the sixth pick overall, you just don’t get those opportunities every year. As I pointed out just a few days ago, that draft was loaded with picks that followed including Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Klay Thompson, Kawhi Leonard and so on. Thanks to Danny @recordsANDradio on twitter, we have a pretty little montage to remember Mr. Vesely with.

But there’s more, again with Danny @recordsANDradio on the assist, my all-time favorite deal, the 2009 trade with Minnesota for Mike Miller and Randy Foye. This time the 5th pick overall, yes another top pick with nothing to show. Ricky Rubio, Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings in the picks that soon followed. Heck, even a dozen picks later found Jrue Holiday, Ty Lawson and Jeff Teague. Seems like there was a point guard in there somewhere.

The Wiz did get Gortat in that Marshall trade and he has been better than anyone could have expected. Barring any major injuries (Beal and/or Wall) Marcin should be the key factor in Washington returning to the post season. The big man did find some humor in it all.

Cover Photo Courtesy Lakers.com

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