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They were the two of the most shocking trades of the season as the Washington Wizards sent away two of their best young players in Nick Young and JaVale McGee receiving a bloated contract of a player that has already hit his prime and little or nothing else.  Nick Young and JaVale McGee were supposed to be two of the future building blocks of the franchise to be paired alongside their star point guard, John Wall; however, it seemed as the Wizards decided to simply trash that plan and start from scratch.  Yet the logic of the Wizards??? move made little or no sense at all???why give up two young up and coming players with extremely high ceilings for a bloated contract of a player that whose best basketball has probably past him?  These moves neither made basketball nor financial sense and what makes them even more baffling is they were done by whom many consider to be one of the best GMs in the league in Ernie Grunfeld.  No NBA GM in his right mind would have pulled off a nonsensical deal such as that so it is shocking to say the least when an executive of Ernie Grunfeld???s reputation pull a move that still has fans scratching their heads.

In response to the JaVale McGee/Nene trade, Grunfeld said that it was necessary to improve the team???s defense and toughness.  That is quite funny that he said that considering the fact that Nene has not been known for either: he was never a great rebounder or shot-blocker for a man with his length and ability nor was he considered very tough either.  At the same time he sent away a player who was six years Nene???s junior and had better shot blocking and rebounding number than Nene has ever had in his career.  Granted, JaVale McGee had his flaws in that despite his excellent shot blocking and rebounding numbers, he was still a weak post defender; however, could not have the Wizards front office kept him considering his age and the amount of upside he had?  After all McGee was still young, had great size and length along with amazing agility and athleticism for a player his size???could not the Wizards have tried to further develop this young player who had so much upside instead of just casting him away for a player with a bloated contract and who is probably headed for a gradual decline? (Click here to finish reading this post and so much more on JT's Hoops Blog)

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