There was a lot of waiting around Thursday night.
Pick by pick, team by team, one by one, players were coming off the board.
Unlike in recent years past, the Wizards were not only without a high lottery pick, they were without a first round pick all together.
They held the #46 pick in the second round of Thursday's draft, a spot that would not come up until after 11pm Thursday night.
Then, when it was time, the ticker read that the Wizards had drafted Jordan Clarkson, a guard from Missouri with the #46 pick. But, almost as soon as the pick was made, news came flying across the Twittersphere that the pick was made for the Lakers as the Wiz decided to trade the pick for cash considerations.
Drafts are naturally entertaining for fans because it's a time of hope. A time to look towards the future. But, for the Wizards, this move allowed them to keep an extra roster space open, which they can now use on either an undrafted free agent (which President Ernie Grunfeld indicated they were already talking to some as soon as the draft ended), or use the spot on another veteran free agent (which Grunfeld said was more likely the case).
After the draft, Grunfeld told the media that the team had targeted two or three players that they liked and were hoping would be available at the #46 spot. Although he would not reveal who those players were, once they were off the board the team decided that the best case would be to trade the pick and keep the flexibility open for another player. Grunfeld said they did not want to just draft a player for the sake of drafting him and that the developmental players next season would still be Otto Porter and Glen Rice.
So, even if some were a bit disappointed because there's no shiny new toy to glamor over for the next few weeks leading up to Summer League, the truth of the matter is that this very well could end up benefiting the Wizards. They can add another integral piece who can contribute and have more roster flexibility as they enter free agency.
Let's not forget the more important point that the reason tonight was simmered down was because the team wasn't picking in the lottery. And that's because they are now a playoff team. A playoff team on the rise who have a lot of much bigger decisions to make in the near future with free agency on the horizon.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the off-season as things start to really heat up over the next few weeks.
Free-Agency officially begins July 1st.
Wizards Summer League begins July 11th.
No off-season in the NBA.