Grade the Trade: Cavs add sharpshooter from Wizards in new proposal

Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)
Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images) /
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Corey Kispert, Washington Wizards. (Photo by Jess Rapfogel/Getty Images) /

Do the Wizards say yes?

The same Bleacher Report article has the Wizards targeting Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey, a 2029 first-round pick, and numerous other players in exchange for Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma (Kuzma would be dealt in a sign-and-trade). Outside of Maxey, the trade centers around taking on expiring contracts and collecting draft capital for the future.

It seems, then, that the Wizards would not be looking to compete any time soon, if even at all for the rest of the decade. After investing so much into Beal for so long, the rebuild will take plenty of time. In that case, taking four second-round picks offers the Wizards a significant haul for Kispert’s contract.

Though Kispert has only played in the league for two seasons, he is already 24 years old after playing four years at Gonzaga. In a long rebuild, Kispert would probably be on the move by the time Washington is looking to contend.  Four second-round picks effectively gives the Wizards four chances to find hidden talent in the draft ready to be developed.

Washington would likely say yes. Though Kispert is a knockdown shooter, his lackluster defense and older age when entering The Association drops his trade value, especially when a number of talented role players were traded for nothing more than a myriad of second-round picks before the 2023 trade deadline.

If the Wizards are interested and would agree, what about Cleveland?