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Wiz make a move

06.24.09 at 10:01 am ET

Ever since the Draft Lottery was held the word was that the Washington Wizards would try to move the fifth pick in Thursday’s draft for veteran help and they pulled the trigger last night getting Randy Foye and Mike Miller from Minnesota for Etan Thomas, Darius Songalia, Oleksiy Pecherov and the pick. (ESPN is reporting that there are some procedural things to work out regarding Thomas and his early-termination option for the deal to be official).

The trade accomplishes two things. First, it makes the Timberwolves a major player in the draft now that they have the fifth and sixth picks in the lottery and two more –18 and 28–later in the first round. Already talk is that the T-Wolves will try to leverage all those picks to move up and get Ricky Rubio.

More importantly from the Celtics perspective and the rest of the Eastern Conference, the trade makes the Wizards a playoff contender again. Shooting has long been Washington’s problem and Miller and Foye will go a long way toward curing the issue. Foye also gives the Wizards some protection if Gilbert Arenas is not 100 percent. Foye isn’t really a point guard but he’s a lot better than what Washington had last year when Agent Zero was on the shelf.

While this doesn’t put the Wizards into the Celtics/Magic/Cavs tier of top contenders it does put them right in the mix of teams just below that range and if everyone stays healthy (a big if) maybe even a little better than that.

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