Wizards: Draft Options Connected to Team

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  1. Shapecity

    Shapecity S2/JBB Teamster Staff Member Administrator

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    <div class="quote_poster">Quote:</div><div class="quote_post"> The Nuggets don't mind taking the Washington Wizards' first-round draft pick. The Wizards wouldn't mind giving up theirs, either.

    If the Wizards make the playoffs, as expected, Denver will be awarded their first-round pick in this year's draft. The Nuggets acquired the pick, which is lottery protected, in a trade with the Orlando Magic. The Nuggets also have their own first- round pick this year.

    If NBA commissioner David Stern gets an age limit of 20 in the next collective bargaining agreement that would begin next season, the draft could be a deep one for the Nuggets. Such a rule likely would cause many high school seniors and young international prospects to enter this year's draft. Having two first-round picks also would give the Nuggets a lot of options. "It could be an interesting thing depending on where (the picks) are," general manager Kiki Vandeweghe said. "We can trade them for players. We can trade them for a (better pick.) You can do a lot of things with them.

    "To me, they are assets. We've always tried to accumulate extra draft picks. Sometimes, you won't use them in a draft. You may use them in another draft."

    Not having a first-round pick for the first time since 2000 could be good timing for the Wizards. Washington hopes to re-sign its free agents, guard Larry Hughes and forward-center Kwame Brown, this offseason. Not having a first-round pick would give the Wizards extra money to work with during free agency.</div> Source

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