Draft profiles: Darius miller, 6'8, 235 lbs, SF, Kentucky, Senior

Draft profiles: Darius miller, 6'8, 235 lbs, SF, Kentucky, Senior

Miller's been an under-rated and unselfish piece for the last four seasons with Kentucky.  For other teams in college basketball, Miller would have more than likely been a low number 1/high number 2 type scorer.  It is ridiculous that for a college team, Miller was a 6th man, but with their semi-pro type talent, he adjusted to the role well.  Miller’s game is built to be solid and should translate at the next level.

Athletic Ability

While not overwhelmingly athletic, Miller is solid at all aspects.  He has an above average vertical, average lateral quickness, and above average straight line speed to go along with good height and wing-span at the small forward position.

Size

At near 6-8, Miller possesses real nice size at the small forward spot (his natural spot).   With a solid wing-span, strong hands, and a good build at 235 pounds to go along with above average athleticism, there is no  reason as to why Miller cannot be at least an average defender at the next level.

Off-Court Issues

There are no reports of Miller being anything except a solid citizen off the court.

Basketball IQ and want it factor

While nothing amazing in terms of basketball IQ, Miller is above average with decision-making.  He does show solid understanding of defensive angles as well as an above average understanding offensively, as he shows versatility in spotting-up, runners/floaters in the lane, pull-up jumpers, or occasional post-up and knowing when to do so depending on which super-team Kentucky was fielding.

Miller sometimes plays a little too tentatively in terms of defense.  While he does not shy away from contact, he does have lapses of focus giving up the occasional blow by.  At the same time, he showed he cares about winning because he did not whine about being a 6th man as a Senior for a loaded team in which normally he would be the 2nd best player for high major type teams.  Miller shows great characteristics of being a role player at the next level.

Skill

Skill-wise, Miller is a jack of all trades.  Miller is a very nice spot up shooter.  While not a primary ball-handler, he has an above average first step,and uses solid ball-handling to get mid-range pull-up, floaters, and runners.  When guarded by a smaller defender, he is a good post-up player, but I expect him to do this less against NBA Small-Forwards.  He is also a solid passer from anywhere on the court.

Defensively, Miller uses his body pretty well and should be an asset at the next level.  At near 6’8, he should be slightly above average for a small-forwards height.  With his above average athleticism, average wing-span, and above average understanding of the game, he should have little problem contesting numerous shots and not allowing many small-forwards to post him up.  He can also likely defend shooting guards and power forwards in spots as well.

Stating all this, Miller does have a few concerns.  He will never be a go-to-guy, but at late first-round/early second, he should be a steal for any team.   Offensively, while talented, he sometimes needs to go up stronger, but sometimes it is also an understanding of knowing he is not going to finish all plays at the rim.  Defensively, he occasionally shows lapses and gets beat for it.

Overall

Overall, Miller does not have the stamina or high basketball IQ of Luol Deng, but he possesses many characteristics to be a great role player and similar characteristics to a Luol or Kawhi Leonard type player.  I am excited by Miller’s potential to be a good player at the next level and he will be a great player for a winning-type team.

How does he fit with the Bulls?

Currently, as the roster is constructed, Miller does not have a spot for this roster as we have Luol Deng and Jimmy Butler, and with such a deep draft, we have other pressing needs.  However, and this is a big if, I would still be tempted to draft him depending on who is available.  I say this because while nothing special, he is a dream type player for Coach Thibs and would fit well with our team. 

He is a solid shooter which spaces the floor, a solid defender at the small-forward, semi-versatile in that he can do many things solidly, is experienced, has played for a championship type team, and will be cheap.

While I appreciate everything Deng has contributed to the Bulls, I feel we can get great value for him and meet other pressing needs for our team.  Miller will never be as good as Deng, but he is a Luol-Lite type player and I feel can help our team and address other needs.  

I would be very tempted to draft Miller and truly feel he is going to play a lot of minutes at the next level and be a good player while doing it.   I also feel he was somewhat under-utilized at Kentucky and will be a steal in this draft - pass me some Darius Miller Kool-Aid.

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  • 6'6" in socks, another undersized player for his position, probably not athletic enough to play shooting guard. Take a pass on this flavor of cool aid.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I don't like "correcting" other people with matter of fact rebukes(as some posters on here are wont to do). Just my opinion, but the guy is a little over 6'7 in shoes with a 6'9 wing span. He's no Moe Harkless, but those are certainly accpetable numbers at SF in my opinion. And his 37" vert and 3.30 court speed(for a SF) are not bad either. A lot of scouts like him as a "can't miss " role playing contributor. He's not on my list, but his stats(and opportunities) were skewed by the all-star company he kept.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    The Fact is he measured 6'6" in socks at the NBA combine, so unless they mismeasured that is his real height.

    One of the things that just being in the NBA does is weed out the guys that are too short for the position that they play. It might be just my opinion, but 6'7" seems to be the cutoff for a legitimate NBA small forward, at least for full time starters.

    All the heights that I quote are from the NBA combine, and for the most part this is a "short" class. For instance Anthony Davis is only 6'9.25, Andre Drummond 6'9.75 making them both undersized NBA centers, but good sized power forwards.

    Jared Sullinger 6'7.75" on the small size for a power forward, and MKG came in at only 6'5.75, again too short for small forward, so he becomes a shooting guard, who right now can't shoot.

  • In reply to BigWay:

    So I decided to look at small forward's heights in shoes (Darius Miller being 6'7 1/2) and here we go.

    Shawn Marion (6'7 3/4 in shoes)
    Ron Artest (6'7 in shoes)
    Gerald Wallace (6'7 1/2 in shoes)
    Richard Jefferson (6'7 in shoes)
    Kawhi Leonard (6'7 in shoes)
    Andre Iguodala (6'6 1/2 in shoes)
    Demar DeRozen (6'6 1/2 in shoes)

    This is just a few and most players heights are measured in shoes. In shoes, Miller is right around average. Drummond is 6'11 1/4 in shoes. With his size and near Center height, he is fine at Center. I appreciate your contributions, but I think you are reaching a little. Without shoes on, Paul Pierce would be 6'6 1'2 in socks. Drafting a full-time shooting guard such as John Jenkins and Doron Lamb at 6'4ish in shoes is a concern because of their game. However, James Harden is 6'4 without shoes, but near 6'5 1/2 in shoes and his game is fine when prototypical shooting guards are 6'6.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    This height in shoes canard reminds me of what happens everytime a player signs his new contract.

    Before he signs, the argument is that you have to pay whatever it takes to get him to sign. The second that he signs, he becomes untradealbe, because he is over paid.

    The height thing seems to be the same, in that before you draft or acquire the player, his height in shoes makes him perfect for his position. The second that he starts playing for you(us) the analysis suddenly become that he is too small for his position, or a tweener.

    It seems to me, that people just like to fool themselves by referring to a players height in shoes. Noah is 6'10.5 in shoes(has clearly been viewed as undersized at times), and yet he is referred to as a 7 footer, as I see some doing with Drummond who doesn't even crack 6'10.

    It is just another sign of our hype driven society, we actually have to argue(lie)about how tall people are to make ourselves feel better about their opinions.

    The decline of the Roman Empire came in a million tiny steps, and ours is in full swing when we can't even agree on the what the meaning of is(height), is(height).

  • In reply to BigWay:

    I don't know what to say, but they have always measured in shoes. Pippen was 6'7 in shoes. Darius Miller is one-half inch taller with a shorter wingspan. Paul Pierce is pretty much same height as Darius Miller.

    I understand what you say about baby-steps.

  • Kevin you sort of remind me of a ho, that is you like a LOT of guys(that's a joke - please laugh). Seriously, I just haven't watched a lot of Miller, but I hear exactly what you're saying about him, smart, NBA ready bargain as a late pick at the SF.

    I kid, but this from a guy(me) who likes lowly rated(mid to late second)Darius Johnson-Odom and currently awol from mock draft boards Marcus Denmon. I do feel D.J. O(yes I use his nick i.e biased) like Miller will be a late pick steal who can contribute as a rotation guy right away. As you yourself said, if I'm not mistaken, if the Bulls picked up some early second rounders in such a deep draft where the odds of getting economic talent are so much increased and just what we need how can you not like that?

    You could be right about Miller that could be a nice pick up at No. 29. That's a scout's i.e smart pick. I really like Odom, and would be amped if we picked up a second rounder and selected him. Seriously I know the critiques but he can handle the ball in the PG role IMO and score in that role. And Denmon the last two years had A/To's of 1.8 and 1.9. If he has the attitude people say(I personally found his court and team presence stiff) he could absolutely be a rotation player aka combo bomber. Both solid defenders. And both he and Odom had very nice combine numbers.

    I don't know about you Kevin, but comparing combine numbers of past picks who have been succesful so often they have good to excellent numbers. The thing you have to do is disregard poor numbers they have no meaning, unless they are ridiculously bad as in Aaron Gray's "speed" and lateral "quickness." Oxymorons both. Numbers only confirmed his slow as a turtle rep.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I know you like D. Odom - he might be good for being feisty and being tough. I just don't know what his position is for us? He is not really a point guard in my opinion and is an undersized shooting guard when we really struggle just getting one for this team.

    As for liking a lot of players, in this draft, I do (I am laughing about the analogy though). In past drafts, I really have not. I do feel in the past few drafts though there have been a crazy amount of solid contributors though.

    I just saw a lot of his game before these past two years of ultraload team and he can do so many things well that many did not see. He is 6'7 1/2 in shoes - which is slightly above small forward height.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    I'm not going to try and talk you into Odom, but we need quality scoring guards period(small "s" as in actual scorers not just the name of the position).

    Odom can penetrate, can hit the mid range J/pull up, and can threes. And he can elevate ocassionally around the basket in transition situations and breakdowns. Defensively he's solid. And he's just a hell of a competitor. I think he's going to be an effective scorer at the NBA level myself. And with his wingspan and body strength against bench players he'll be facing his defense might actually be adequate at SG. As a second rounder he's my guy.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I am with ya Bulls need scoring guards even if short especially "cheap" gambles if you can buy a high second. Maybe DJO could fill a sixth man maybe like the role that Ben Gordon use to play.

  • In reply to kevinstates:

    So you are telling me that the average NBA small forward is under 6'6" in socks then, in other words Michael Jordan's height. My guess is 6'7" or over.

  • I was wondering what you guys think of the sf and sg group were the Bulls to trade Deng to get into the lottery? I have seen some tape of the Washington kid (Ross?) and he sure looks the part to play off of Rose for the next 5 to 7 years. Assuing we get into the 10 to 15 range who would you take? I guess in my scenario, we would have to go the FA route to find Deng's replacement.

  • In reply to takdan:

    I think it's whatever floats your boat. Ross, Rivers, Waiters are SG that are expected to go in that range with Jeremy Lamb possibly slipping close to that. Of those guys I probably take Lamb, but I don't think there is much difference. They all have good and bad points. As for SF, not as many options, but Moe Harkless is a very raw talent that could blossom into something nice. Quincy Miller is an athlete who has lots of potential but questionable knees from what I hear. I would probably pass on both in the 10-15 range.
    Seperate question. If the Bulls did trade Deng, would anyone be interested in signing TMac on a one year deal? Just a thought that crossed my mind.

  • In reply to PaBullfan:

    I have not watched any tape of the others but a size alone Ross seems to a couple of inches on the others and is apparently a heel of an athlete with 3 point range. Toughness does count for something though and have no idea about any of them in that regard. I also like Miller but he strikes me as someone who will take alot of coaching and nurturing. Not that that is a reason to pass on him at 29.

    I like T-Mac on a short-term basis too but if Deng is gone and we get T-Mac the team better be damn sure that Butler can play real minutes at small forward becasue T-Mac at this stage of his career gives away more points on defense than he offers on offense (unless he is hot which can still happen based on last year).

  • I really like Miller a lot. Like you said though, there isn't a real spot for him on this team right now. I think that if they draft him at 29 then it means someone is on the move. If they did trade Deng, I would move on him quick. I think he can produce right away. In an ideal world, the bulls would get a second round pick in order to draft him.
    This has to be a deep draft. It seems people are naming at least ten players that they really like that will probably go in the second round. Jae Crawford is one of my favorites. I'm hoping he just gets drafted.

  • I am with you Kevin I saw a lot of Kentucky games and Miller really stood out for a non starter. He doesn't have a tremendous ceiling but he does have a high floor and I think he could be a guy that if Deng is traded you can draft at the end of the first maybe early second and not worry too much about starting if you needed. I am not worried about his height I would say being 6' 7" in shoes (they don't play in socks) is right on par with the league average.

    As a sixth man in college and not having that super star upside I feel he is being really overlooked. Many mocks have him early to mid second round which kinda crazy IMO. I think he is going to be a Taj Gibson type steal. Yeah I got into the Darius Miller Kool-Aid too...

  • Plan B: Ever since it was divulged that Bulls management talked to Harrison Barnes, most of the buzz has revolved around Luol Deng in some kind of trade for a top ten lottery pick(or some have proposed Houston's 14 and 16 valued like mid lottery in this deep draft).

    Doug obliged with trade scenarios basically involving teams under the cap moving large relatively expensive or "bad" contracts with their pick for Lu. If Deng is healthy this might seem like a plausible scenario, but being injured and not being able to pass a physical until maybe next December, I've read and heard a lot of NBA people, media including K.C. and Sam Smith who cite certain execs, that in retrospect serious doubts exist that such a deal could/will happen.

    So what about when healthy/he becomes tradable next December? Teams know that a healthy Deng is a solid third wheel at 16ppg and a .465 career shooter who can now shoot volume threes for a solid average, plays above average defense and is a character guy all the way for a team with young talent. Plus after the following season he becomes a huge expiring.The MegaTax still doesn't come into play until the end of the year right? So you could make that salary exchange somewhat bad contract trade at a time where a lot of teams are looking to make a move.

    But instead of this summer you get a high lottery pick in next year's draft or an already established scorer. Perhaps another year(half season) of dysfunction causes Sacramento to part with Tyreke Evans after they draft Harrison Barnes for example. Realizing Evans will cost on a resign, but you've still picked up a talent. As a restricted free agent maybe with the new MegaTax the bidding doesn't go max or as high as you think? I'm not interested if Tyreke is a poor character guy(personally I don't think he is), but he's just an example.

    Let's face it, Draft Night is like a new car showroom with jaded owners looking for an upgrade with enamoring, shiny new models. So is that really the time to trade in a banged up used model when everyone is so amped to buy a new car/prospect? Maybe instead you take a more opportune time when the focus and will of owners is not tied up in dreams of oft over valued toys.

    So then what DO you do on draft night? Knowing you are likely to have room with a Deng trade next year(somewhat of a salary dump) to resign Taj and perhaps Omer? Do you stand pat at No. 29 feeling it's actually possible to pick up a rotation guy? Or pick up a late first or early second hoping talent awaits and gives you huge value and flexibility with your roster?

    Another possibility: I wonder what you could get for a rent-a-player deal with Hamilton and Korver as a combuned $10 Million dollar expiring? Here are two solid players when healthy(which will be the case as soon as they leave the Bulls - ha, ha.). Could we swing that into a mid teens pick? Of course those guys are coming off of injuries as well.

    Honestly, I know people want to believe we are getting a lottery pick this year, but once again as die hards who propose unrealistic trades where we rip the other guy off, is an injured Deng really getting you a prized high lottery pick?

    I really like the Hamilton and Korver $10 Million expiring idea. Calling all salary wonks if either of these contracts is not tradable. Teams will definitely be looking for flexibility as in cutting payroll with the looming MegaTax. What could we get for a chip like that? Paying tax for one year is not the huge penalty it becomes later so it's not like we would be held up against a wall by other teams come next February's trade deadline.

    What do you guys think? Is Deng for a lotto really doable? And if not, what kind of picks could we get for a $10 Million expiring(mid teens) or smaller pieces like Korver, Brewer, and Hamilton for late firsts or early seconds? Houston is a hard team to deal with as they over value(like the Bulls), but with Kyle Lowry's friction with McHale maybe he could be had with one of their mid round(14 or 16) picks for Hamilton, Korver, and Charlotte? I know, too much.

    Anyway, I'm thinking realistically and regretably the Bulls will either stand pat and use their own pick or hopefully at least pick up another late first rounder or early second rounder. So maybe you trade up a few spots and get an Andrew Nicholson or Doron Lamb(or player in that range of your choice Jared Cunningham etc.), and a Darius Johnson-Odom. Reality(?) bites.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I would be surprised if they moved up for Nicholson I don't see PF especially a non athletic one as a need at all. Lamb is also not that athletic but is a crafty scorer not sure if they would move up to nab him but I could see them picking him at 29 if he was still availible.

    Realistically I would like to see them snapping up atleast two early to mid second round picks and adding at least two or three of the following:

    SGs
    Kevin Murphy
    Jared Cunningham
    Khris Middleton
    Tony Wroten
    Doron Lamb
    John Jenkins

    SFs
    Darius Miller
    Quincy Miller (Didn't show well his Freshmen year coming off ACL surgery. Could be a value as his athletisicm is likely to continue to improve.)

    PF/C
    Miles Plumlee (Could be solid backup Center at mid second value)

    I think most of these guys are bargains in the late first or second round. Most have solid starter upside although I am sure not many will reach that but the cost to roll the dice on second rounders is very low.

    As for the Deng for a lottery pick I have serious doubts but I could see how it makes sense for some young teams. Add Deng to the Hornets with Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and Okafor and they could easily be headed for the playoffs next season.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    We will never find out, unless the Bulls actually try to trade him.

    Are they there yet, no one knows. What is clear is that every lottery pick starting at #5 is available to one degree or another, with the exception of Detroit @9 and Milwaukee @12(they are looking to move up).

    In fact, it seems that there have been rumors that most every pick in the first round is available.

    Additionally, it seems that there are several teams in the lottery in need of a serious upgrade at small forward, and there is only one true small forward(Barnes) in the lottery, I would bet that MKG ends up a shooting guard or doesn't make it at all. Moe Harkless might be worth the risk starting in the 10 range.

    With the Rose injury and its impact on next season, this would seem to present the perfect timing to make a move with Deng. I am not sure how big of a deal Deng's injury is. Any team looking to make a long term move shouldn't be all that worried about him missing 10-20 games in November or December.

    While I have something of a gut feeling that something is in the air, the Bulls being the Bulls will likely do nothing and make a boring pick like Ty Taylor, a senior who played in the final four at a major name program(Kansas).

    All this frothing at the mouth for nothing.

  • Personally, I enjoyed points made by Kevin, Bigway, Chad, and RoadWarrior. I think we all know that even the top NBA and GM analysts miss on picks all the time.

    Who saw MJ becoming the best of his era? Likely, not even the Bulls. Krause nailed Pippen and Grant, however, he passed on Kemp for BJ Armstrong. Etc. Tough, unforgiving job, evaluating talent.

    Even when a pick hits, like Gordon and Deng, overvaluing them later results in failing to trade them for a real upgrade or overpaying when resigning them. And we all know that Wallace and Boozer were poor FA signings, both of which led to other problems.

    For these reasons, I would like to see the Bulls try for Deron Williams. I know he said he doesn't want to come to Chicago, so sell him on the franchise!

    Rose and Williams make the best backcourt in the game. Maybe then D Howard would come over. You know what you're getting with these guys. Both can score and defend.

    The Bulls could sign Williams outright if they amnesty Boozer and cut Korver or Watson or Brewer. Of course, it would be smarter to try to trade these guys for Williams in a S&T. NJ will lose him for nothing otherwise, so they might bite for the right deal.

    If quite a few teams are interested in Deng; how about Deng and Asik, the Charlotte pick, and Korver or Hamilton to NJ for Williams? NJ can then trade Deng for pick or two. The salaries should match, more or less. Then maybe trade Brewer/Watson/whomever for picks and expirings.

    If this happens, the Bulls could then offer Noah and Mirotic for Howard. The FO (front office) needs to get creative.

    If the strategy is picks, then get as many as possible and one may hit it big and a few others become decent role players. Try to get #2s cheap.

  • Hey all, I just hope we make a trade for real and start re-tooling/re-building whatever you want to call it. We need to as we just aren't going to win the whole thing in 2 years with same near roster, but not as good!

  • I know Doug said he'd be posting regularly, but it is summer and he's probably either in mourning over the Heat's looming Championship or more likely taking some time off. Hopefully Kevin will reel off another prospect profile, but maybe he needs a day off as well.

    Side notes: While I have not watched the Finals( I DVR the games, and only watch OKC wins which are like, not happening), I have watched the High(low)lights. I've accepted the reality, and already moved on. Personally, IMO by no means does this mean Miami will reel off two or three more titles. Too much can happen, and I'm just going to focus on getting the Bulls back to contention.

    Just looking at the reason for Miami's victory over OKC, a couple of things stand out. In two OKC losses Durant(OKC's LeBron) was saddled with 5 fouls. In one of those games he played only 36 Minutes. And in one of those games James had only 1 foul.

    Do I think foul calls have affected the series? Yes. Both teams Big Three have fairly similar numbers( though Wade and Bosh have been more efficient then Westbrook and Harden). However looking for answers I also turned to regular season performance for evidence. Some critical overall Team numbers favor Miami(ironically). The Heat rank No.1 in opponents rebound totals against them. OKC ranks No. 12. Further, Miami ranks No. 4 in opponents ppg while OKC is No. 17. Since Game 1 Miami has won the battle of the boards in every game. And as the detestable Pat Riley says, Rebounds Equal Rings or something like that.

    Advanced stat guys I realize regarding regular season stats, OKC plays at a faster pace, but the playoffs are played at a slow(er) pace. Which favors Miami who ironically is supposed to be most lethal in a fastbreak setting. Yet they can be effective in half court offense as well.

    If not for the refs nullifying Kevin Durant this could be a closer series for sure. However, you have to feel Miami probably still wins it. Certainly though, if Michael Jordan was saddled with five fouls in two games in the same Finals, I'd be pissed, but that's the NBA for you, the conspiracy(?) continues. Best ratings/massive profits for a Finals when Miami plays = 'We better make sure that money maker wins one or they might get broken up.' It's hard to believe in this corporate controlled, mega corrupt world profits don't effect controllable outcomes. But like I said, Miami probably still wins it. Perkin's has no bigs to nullify, and Harden and Westbrook from a field goal stand point hardly appear elite.

    One other note, when you look at Philly's roster and payroll they have room and need for some better shooting guards. Rip and Korver are both better shooters then what they have, and fill a void for them short term while providing future financial flexibility with $10 Million in expirings. I wonder fi they would take that package for their No. 15? Right now Moe Harkless and Arnett Moultrie are both available likely at that spot. I've heard talk about "need," and how we don't need another Big. My goal is to acquire a scorer period which we need in other words the best available player for that need. I'd probably take Moe Harkless. In two years with a healthy Rose I say he's coming into his own as an atletically elite, terrific size for position scorer we need.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    I was going to follow up by saying I meant other then Holiday Hamilton and Korver shore up a weak statistical group.I realize Jrue Holiday is the better player i.e they do have one good guard, but even his numbers this year overall were Ripesque at 12ppg on .432(though obviously he is a solid player, younger teams would rather have). And Lou Williams can do some things, but overall there guard core nees help. Rip and Korver would do that. And the young guys would be balanced with vets.

  • In reply to RoadWarrior:

    The refs, foul trouble, and Harden's struggles aside, OKC has been in every game up until the end. I think they has been just making a bunch of little mistakes that could have them with a 3-1 lead if they didn't make (i.e. boxing out on rebounds, poor rotations on Wade/Bosh P&R's, uncharacteristically poor FT shooting in games 2 & 3, mismanagement of the shot clock, missing break-a-way dunks, etc.). Their 3pt shooting percentage as a team has been horrible as well.

    I think as a non-Heat fan, this series has been more frustrating because Miami hasn't been dominating. It would be easier to accept when watching if OKC wasn't right there and just making a few stupid fundamental mistakes that made the difference in the game.

  • Hornets just traded Ariza and Okafor to Washington for Rashard Lewis and a second rounder. This is a salary dump as they will likely buy out Rashard Lewis for 12.7 mil verse pay him 22+ to suck it up on the court.

    Nice move for the Hornets who can make a move on Deron Williams to pair with Eric Gordon, Anthony Davis and the number 10 pick. Three young studs plus a possible fourth in the 10th pick. Be hard to beat that offseason makeover!

  • In reply to Chad:

    Your comment didn't update until after I posted my comment below. I think it's potentially a good move for both teams.

  • In reply to NateTags:

    Yeah its not a bad move for the Wizards although I do like Jordan Crawford at SG. They just have a log jam at PF now and massive salaries in the front court. I think it could be a huge coup for the Hornets if they can get a star player this year or next with the cap space. If you can add a star to what I think will be two in Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis you could have the beginings of a future contender.

  • Looks like the Wizards are getting Okafor & Ariza for Rashard Lewis & the no. 46 pick. They're definitely not contenders but Wall, Kidd-Gilchrist/Beal, Ariza, Nene, Okafor is going to be a pretty decent lineup.

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