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Oberto dealt again; Wiz trade No. 5 pick (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 23, 2009 9:18 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2009 10:13 pm
Fabricio Oberto has had a busy day. Almost as busy as mine. A person familiar with the situation has confirmed to that Oberto, traded hours earlier from San Antonio to Milwaukee as part of the Richard Jefferson deal, is being forwarded to Detroit for Amir Johnson.

Another, much bigger deal is on the verge of being completed: A person familiar with the situation has confirmed to that Washington is on the verge of sending the No. 5 overall pick to Minnesota along with Etan Thomas, Oleksiy Pecherov and Darius Songaila for Randy Foye and Mike Miller. That would give the Timberwolves the fifth and sixth picks in the draft. Be back soon with more on that one.

UPDATE: This puts the keys to the draft squarely in the hands of the Timberwolves, who are being capably guided by newly hired GM David Kahn. Minnesota now has four first-round picks, the key ones being the fifth and sixth, which could be parlayed into a higher pick to snag Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio.

It will send a shiver through the Sacramento front office, which believed it would have a shot at Rubio with the fourth pick. Even moreso, it will confound Kahn's former boss with the Indiana Pacers, Knicks president Donnie Walsh, who according to three people familiar with the Knicks' thinking was angling to trade up from the eighth spot in a bid for Rubio. Minnesota now holds all those cards, and has plenty of fallback options if Rubio isn't available or the pick that would land him isn't attainable. Stephen Curry, Tyreke Evans, or Jonny Flynn would make sense, too.

Washington had numerous offers on the table for the fifth pick, but made a strong play to return to contention by adding Foye and Miller to its core group of Gilbert Arenas, Caron Butler, and Antawn Jamison. In addition, the Wizards accomplished their goal of clearing a roster spot in a 3-for-2 deal that also spared them having to pay a lottery pick.

Category: NBA

Since: Aug 2, 2007
Posted on: June 24, 2009 7:01 pm

Wizards are now in the top 7

I think thid trade noe puts the Wizards in the top 7 in the East.

With Foye Jamison and Arenas if he can stay healthy the Wiz are looking pretty good add in C Butlet and a pure shooter in Miller and you have yourself a pretty good team i the East if they were in the West different story.

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2009 11:14 pm

Oberto dealt again; Wiz trade No. 5 pick (UPDATE)

Both have expiring contracts.  I think the reality is that they aren't excited about Johnson's long term prospects at this point and they needed a starter at the 4 for this season.  Maybe a second rounder changed hands too?

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2009 10:45 pm

Oberto dealt again; Wiz trade No. 5 pick (UPDATE)

I do not know what logic can be trading Amir Johnson for Fabricio Oberto, first there were trade rumors about a trade that went bust with  Boston Celtics trading Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo for the Detroit Pistons core of Richard Hamilton,Tayshaun Prince,and Rodney Stuckey.But it is still too early to criticize what Joe Dumars is doing.As of now i will be just waiting for the results of their draft picks.
As for the other update,that would be an unbelievable night for the Minnesota Timberwolves,they will surely now control the whole draft if they do get that no.5th pick from the Washington Wizards.

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