The Wizards just traded for Yi Jianlian. Our very own Wizards community, Bullets Forever reacts:
Does the bump in talent make up for the extra $3 million the Wizards will be paying next season? I’m not so sure. For the $3 million in extra salary the Wizards took on to acquire him, the Wizards could have likely picked up a late first/early second round pick that would have given the team a younger, potentially better player. Thankfully, Jianlian’s contract doesn’t extend past 2010-11, unless the Wizards pick up his qualifying offer at the end of the season, which would seem unlikely at this point.
It’s not the worst trade in the world. The Wizards will be putting together a better product when the season starts because of this trade. Of course, you could say the same thing about the Kirk Hinrich trade, which is kind of the problem. Remember, it’s not about winning the trade, it’s about the larger vision. Does this trade bring the team closer to that vision? I don’t think it does.
So, Bullets Forever doesn’t appear to like the trade very much. But like it or not, Yi is officially a member of the Wizards. Hopefully Yi will be able to change that opinion of him once the season rolls around.