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Wizards Introduce Trevor Ariza And Emeka Okafor At Friday Afternoon Press Conference

The Washington Wizards traded forward Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for forwards Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.

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Jason Reid: Trade For Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza Doesn't Address Wizards' Long-Term Issues

On Friday, the Washington Wizards swapped Rashard Lewis, along with the No. 46 overall pick in the NBA Draft, to New Orleans for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. According to Washington Post columnist Jason Reid, that doesn't do much to help out in the long run.

I doubt this is an emerging prime-time group, but the Wizards continually promoted their supposedly promising youngsters. Then management potentially stunts their growth by bringing in mediocre veterans to play ahead of them?

Not to mention: Ariza and Okafor will command $43 over the next two years. As Reid notes:

That's grossly overpaying for guys who haven't been difference-makers in their careers, especially on what figures to be a middling team with no more than 30-something-victory potential.

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Wizards Introduce Emeka Okafor And Trevor Ariza Friday Afternoon

The Washington Wizards formally introduced their two newest players to the D.C. media Friday afternoon at the Verizon Center.

Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza were acquired by the Wizards Wednesday afternoon in a trade that sent Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 pick to the New Orleans Hornets. Below are a couple of highlights from the press conference.

Okafor knows a big city when he sees it, having played his college ball in the dazzling metropolis of Storrs, Conn.

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Wizards Trade Reaction: 'Wizards Make A Clever Trade'

"Wizards Make A Clever Trade" was the headline of a blog post by Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, who expressed his full support for the deal that sent Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall pick in this year's draft to the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza.

I am happy we were able to turn an expiring contract into very productive players for us next season. Two players with high character, high basketball IQ, winning attitudes and they are both still young players even though they are considered to be seasoned vets.

Over at SB Nation's Wizards blog, Bullets Forever, Mike Prada went deep on the salary cap implications of the deal, summing his overall thoughts up thusly:

Essentially, [the Wizards have] decided that Nene, Ariza and Okafor are their free-agent acquisitions for the next two years, with Nene also being one for the two years after that. This also means that the Wizards will not be able to execute unbalanced trades with the salary cap, which could be even more valuable that using the space to sign free agents in the coming years, with many teams likely to shed long deals to get under the luxury tax before harsher penalties kick in after the 2012-13 season.

The Wizards clearly are a better team now than they were before making this trade. It remains to be seen if the salary-cap cost is worth that improvement.

Over at SB Nation's Hornets blog At The Hive, poster OnPointLikeCP3 had this to say about the deal.

Dell Demps is a genius. Hornets dump two bad contracts and can buy Lewis out for $13 million, saving $7-8 million on his contract, and have tons of cap space. We also get a 2nd rounder to boot. Liking this deal.

And finally, here's what Wizards President Ernie Grunfeld had to say about the deal.

We think we're a better team today than we are yesterday.

Well, he would, wouldn't he?

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Wizards Trade Rashard Lewis And No. 46 Draft Pick To New Orleans For Trevor Ariza And Emeka Okafor

The Washington Wizards traded forward Rashard Lewis and the No. 46 overall draft pick to the New Orleans Hornets for forwards Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor.

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