The Washington Wizards have struggled to compete in the NBA for nearly their entire history in the Association. Located in the nation’s capital, the Wizards have not won an NBA Finals since 1978 and have missed the playoffs four of the last five seasons. With a new General Manager, the Wizards seem to be on the verge of a full-rebuild sooner rather later, based on a report from Josh Robbins of The Athletic (subscription required).
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, they have accelerated their rebuild in hopes to reignite their hopes for title contention after landing numerous top draft picks after LeBron James’ second exit from Cleveland in 2018.
Recently, Bleacher Report released one trade proposal for each of the 28 teams that failed to reach the NBA Finals. In the trade, Cleveland gets a solid wing sharpshooter in exchange for a horde of draft picks.
What is the trade?
Cavs get: Corey Kispert, SF, 6’7″
Wizards get: 2023 second-round pick (no. 49 overall), 2025 second-round pick, 2026 second-round pick, 2027 second-round pick (via Denver Nuggets)
As the Wizards look to build up draft stock in exchange for their existing talent, the Cavaliers could be perfect suitors with their stockpile of second-round picks. Though late draft picks are not as alluring as lottery selections, the upcoming NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) will probably make these cost effective late draft players on cheap contracts more and more necessary in the future.
Is the former 15th overall pick in Corey Kispert worth all this, or is he worth more? Less?
What do both teams say to this trade?