Wiz Trade For Yi


By Jesse Jones

Once again, the Washington Wizards are involved in a trade.  This time, the team has brought in another young forward, Yi Jianlian from the New Jersey Nets.  In exchange, the team will send shooting guard Quinton Ross to the Nets.

The move clears up about $3 million in cap space for the Nets, who are trying to bring in LeBron James.  It appears that Washington is not trying to bring in any big names during free agency, and are trying to acquire young talent and build for the future, like the Oklahoma City Thunder have done.  Yi had career highs in points and rebounds last year, 12 and 7, but has not lived up to the hype of being the sixth pick.

The Wizards now have six young big men on the roster for the 2010-2011 season; JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, Trevor Booker, Yi Jianlian, Kevin Seraphin, and Hamady N’diaye.  The team also has Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Nick Young and Al Thornton on the roster.  It is believed that they will not use the team option on Josh Howard, and the future for Randy Foye is unclear in Washington.

The offseason has just started, and I’m pretty sure the Wizards are not done making moves.  According to Ernie Grunfeld, the team is just trying to get a young nucleus that the team can build around.  “We made a decision that we’re going to save some of our powder for the future and try to right now put a core of young players together that can grow and we can build with, and that is the reason that we do have those opportunities right now,” Grunfeld said. “Otherwise, they probably wouldn’t be there for us.”

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