3 best Wizards trades using No. 10 pick in 2022 NBA Draft

The Washington Wizards have been in NBA limbo for quite some time. Despite sourcing All-NBA-level talent like Bradley Beal and John Wall, the Wiz have had minimal impact on the league as a whole. They’ve been in the draft lottery five times since 2012 but have yet to earn a top-two pick.

However, this year’s NBA offseason could be promising for the Wizards. With a well-filled draft, a handful of stars willing to move away from their respective teams, and a top-ten pick, Washington could be poised to make a big leap this summer. Here are three trades the #10 Wizards can make to jump this season:

Step up, pick a top-notch young talent

Simply put, this year’s design is incredibly talented. The predicted top 3 picks all have the potential to end up as All-NBA talents and top of the class. The wizards are unlikely to jump that far, but they could step up to four and get the next best thing. With guards Jaden Ivey and Shaedon Sharpe hovering around the four on many mock trains, Washington could be seduced by the high-ceilinged guards.

The Kings may also be interested in moving on from the fourth pick. According to Michael Scotto, NBA executives believe the Kings have a “win-now” philosophy and could postpone the election.

With that in mind, the asking price might be too high for the election, including Wizards star Bradley Beal. But if Washington’s front office is that fond of Ivey or Sharpe, it might be worth it.

Move the picks and young assets to attract an established star

As previously mentioned, there are many NBA stars who are ready for new landscapes. The wizards could turn out to be a landing spot, using a sign-and-trade with the number 10 and young talents like Rui Hachimura, Deni Avdija or other role players.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton has been linked in several trade rumors this offseason. If the Wizards are interested in the point guard, they’re one of the few franchises with the capital to facilitate a sign-and-trade. Again, the asking price might be way too high for the magicians. On the other hand, former Lottery picks around Cleveland’s young core looked promising a dynamic Washington could replicate.

Just make the choice

This option is a bit of a scam as it’s not a trade, but it’s probably what Wizards fans want to hear. Both of the above trades have a chance of Beal exiting. The three-time All-Star and All-NBA wing reportedly was tend to quit the wizards to a lucrative business.

With plenty of talent in this draft, there will be plenty of solid prospects to pair with Beal. The Wizards could pay Beal and then call up someone like Dyson Daniels, Jeremy Sochan, or maybe a higher ranked prospect who falls on draft night. This also allows Washington to give other young plays like Avdija and Hachimura more time to gain a foothold in DC

Wizards must be careful to make the right decision amidst all the discussions of trade and free hand. If they get too nervous about taking a step in the right direction, they may not realize that the next step is right in front of them.

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