Does that count as a hand check?
According to Chad Ford’s sources, the Chicago Bulls are pursuing a trade with Washington to deal Kirk Hinrich and their 17th draft pick for an undisclosed package from The Wizards (though we can probably cross off John Wall from the list of possibilities.) The Bulls seem mainly interested in clearing cap space for the huge Free Agency season coming up, so I wouldn’t expect the Wizards to be trading them too much. The big question, then, is who will the Wizards pick up with the 17th pick? And could it be another Wildcat?
While the trade can’t be made official until July 8th (which means the Bulls will technically make the pick,) it does open the door for Wall to play with some familiar faces in Washington. While I doubt Patrick Patterson will still be hanging around when the time comes, as Matt mentioned, it is still a possibility according to some draft gurus. It’s far more likely that Bledsoe and Orton will still be on the board, and while a Bledsoe pick would delight me, it would be pretty surprising (unless they plan on pretending Gilbert Arenas doesn’t exist anymore.) Though some mock drafts have the Wiz picking up Jordan Crawford at 30, so I wouldn’t say a second guard drafted would be completely out of the picture.
But could Daniel Orton be their pick? Washington has a decent Center and Power Forward already, but they don’t have much coming off the bench. Also, unless I’m horribly mistaken, Orton hasn’t done any interviews with Washington. Normally that would be a detriment, but seeing as Orton’s stock has only slipped the more he has opened his mouth, it could work in his favor this time. So could another Wildcat be headed to Washington? It’s a possibility, but after the top six picks in the draft this year, no one is sure where anyone is going, so we will have to wait and see.
We will know for sure in a couple hours.