The All-Star Game has come and gone, and now it's time to focus on arguably the bigger event on the NBA calendar: the 2013 trade deadline. So far, we've seen a couple Wizards pop up in rumors, namely Jordan Crawford, but it's been a pretty quiet few weeks. As you can see in our trade rumors roundup, the Wizards appeared in far more rumors earlier in the year surrounding James Harden and Rudy Gay than they have recently.
But as wel prepare for what are sure to be a blitzing of rumors, I think it's time for all of us to take a step back and ask ourselves this fundamental question.
What do the Wizards actually need?
Obviously, no trade should be considered until this is nailed down. A trade without a strategy is a trade made for the sake of making change, and it never works out how you'd like. But answering this question is a lot tricker than one would think.
Mostly, that's because there's such a huge discrepancy between the Wizards' "healthy team" and their "injured team." Without John Wall, the Wizards were 5-28. With him, they're 10-8. And, of course, Wall wasn't the only injured player to get healthy recently. Nene's minutes limit has gradually increased, Trevor Ariza is back after an injured hamstring and even A.J. Price's absence with a broken hand in late December was felt.
Figuring out what the "injured team" needs is pretty easy. With the possible exception of interior defenders, it needs everything. Perimeter scoring, post scoring, ball handling, you name it. But the Wizards can't make moves assuming their team is really a 5-28 club, even though the stretch exposed the roster's lack of depth. If you make moves assuming your two best players are never going to be healthy, you might as well fold and close up shop. You aren't winning anything significant regardless.
NBA trade deadline 2013: What do the Wizards actually need?
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