Wizards willing to trade down from 15 to begin shakeup

Marcin Gortat is now a member of the Clippers.

By all accounts, including their own, the Washington Wizards had a disappointing 2017-18 season.

The Wizards were the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and were knocked out by top-seeded Toronto in the first round.

Despite sporting one of the best backcourts in the NBA in John Wall and Bradley Beal, Washington needs to shake things up if its going to gain any traction in the East.

With big names such as LeBron James and Paul George set to hit the market July 1 (if James declines his $35.6 player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers), the Wizards may have an opportunity to do so.

According to a report by Ben Standig of the Sports Capitol, the Wizards are willing to move down from their 15th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.

“The Wizards are open to trading down from the 15th overall pick in Thursday’s draft if another team takes on one of Washington’s expiring contracts,” Standig reports.

“That’s the message relayed from the Wizards to other NBA teams, a league source tells The Sports Capitol.”

Washington is looking to attach one of its expiring contracts to the 15th pick in an apparent effort to open a roster spot and to make some salary-cap space, which would allow it to pursue other pieces to play with Wall and Beal.

Which means perhaps parting with center Marcin Gortat or forward Markieff Morris. Gortat was being made available at the trade deadline and had a well-publicized spat with Wall.

All of which point to the Wizards realizing they are a fringe team — one just good enough to reach the playoffs, but not good enough to make a run in the postseason — and being willing to try and do something about it.