Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Wizards may trade top pick
On Tuesday, the Wizards obtained the first overall pick from the San Jose Earthquakes in exchange for eight-year defender Nick Garcia. But instead of taking the top player available in the incoming player pool, that sought after top pick might be traded away before the draft begins, or while the Wizards are on the clock. Or perhaps technical director Peter Vermes or head coach Curt Onalfo will need to call a time out to begin the draft. They are certainly open to discussion.
"The release was just official [yesterday] from us and San Jose and phone calls are starting to come in and people are wanting to talk," said Vermes. "It would be irresponsible on [our] organization's part not to hear what opportunities are out there, but we're going to have to make that decision case by case. There are some guys in the draft that we really do like, and we'll weigh those against other options if they come along."