Free agency opens in less than 24 hours, and the Wizards don't have a lot of wiggle room. Aside from the bi-annual and mid-level exceptions, they also have a pair of trade exceptions.
With the Wizards now knowing for certain that Paul Pierce will opt out of the second year of his contract, they'll proceed as if he's not returning and secure a replacement (It may be a longshot b
So Kelly Oubre knows Kevin Durant, a 2016 free-agent target for the Wizards. So what? The confidence oozes from the No. 15 overall pick in the NBA draft.
"Was the Kelly Oubre Jr. pick surprising?" is a question coming up a bunch. The answer is yes, but only with context.
The draft picks the Wizards made on Thursday in Kelly Oubre and Aaron White are about the future, not the 2015-16 season when they hope to at least advance to the Eastern Conference finals.