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Washington Wizards One Of The NBA's 'Winners' At The Trading Deadline

Tom Ziller of SB Nation had the difficult task of listing winners and losers after a ridiculously chaotic trade deadline. When all the dust settled, he listed the Wizards as one of his winners.

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The rebuilding Wizards basically picked up three late first-round draft picks to rent Kirk Hinrich for almost one year and Mike Bibby for just more than one year. Washington used a pick from the Bulls sent in the original Hinrich trade on French power forward Kevin Seraphin, who is struggling to get on the floor but remains intriguing. In the Bibby trade on Wednesday, the Wiz grabbed rookie Jordan Crawford -- who has the No. 27 last year and hasn't played much -- and a Hawks' first-round pick. The team is waiting on John Wall and the team's 2011 lottery pick to develop. Might as well hoard draft picks until then.

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This was a trade that re-enforced the notion that the Wizards are not trying to be competitive this year. And that is a hard pill to swallow for fans. But based strictly on assets in and assets out, and how important they are to the Wizards at this stage in their development, I think they got a pretty good deal.

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Because it isn't something that makes them tangibly better in the short term, it isn't getting a lot of publicity. But this is a re-building effort in Washington, and they might have helped that progress with this trade.

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