The Washington Wizards have been linked to Domantas Sabonis, opening up the question whether they should seriously pursue the Indiana Pacers star or not.

It has already been two months since the core of the Pacers have been put on the trading block. The asking price for Sabonis, Myles Turner and Caris LeVert does not come cheap, so other teams are challenged to formulate a package that would entice Indiana in pulling the trigger. The problem for the Wizards is that the Lithuanian big man is generating the most demand, and they might need to pay a hefty price to get him,.

For what it’s worth, former NBC Sports Washington reporter Quinton Mayo reportedly that Bradley Beal gave a “ringing endorsement” for the organization to pursue Sabonis. After all, even if the Wizards have three talented centers and a surplus of forwards, none of them are as skilled as Sabonis.

With Spencer Dinwiddie and Raul Neto having trouble facilitating the offense, Sabonis is a tremendous secondary playmaker. With a player option for 2022-23 for Beal, Tommy Sheppard must surround the high-scoring guard with the assets that would put him in position to advance further in the playoffs.

All of that being said, here are three reasons why the Wizards should trade for Domantas Sabonis.

Wizards Trade For Domantas Sabonis

3. Underrated playmaking ability

With the departure of Russell Westbrook, setting up the offense cannot be dependent solely on Bradley Beal. Their other guards are not terrific orchestrators, so the addition of Sabonis gives Wes Unseld Jr. the ability to start the offense on either side of the elbow. Similar to Nikola Jokic or Draymond Green, his vision is exceptional on back cuts, dribble hand-offs and pick-and-roll situations.

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As the options continue to grow, the Wizards’ offense would be even more lethal with the shooting of Beal, Kyle Kuzma, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Corey Kispert. In a struggling squad like the Pacers, Sabonis has already blossomed into a two-time All-Star, but this move could even catapult him to greater heights since he’ll be on a better performing franchise.

2. Post-up option

In the new era of the NBA, post-ups are becoming less of a priority in the schemes of every coach. However, there are some individuals like Sabonis who still flourishes when a smaller man is on him. The current roster of the Wizards lack even one individual who can be fed on the block and expect him to produce constant buckets. Having Sabonis on the fold gives Unseld Jr. another alternative in his offensive plays.

Even when the ball is given to him on the post, it does not necessarily mean he needs to shoot a basket. It could just be a decoy for the off-ball movement among the four other players on the court. With Sabonis’ brilliance and awareness, those kinds of setups could be a superb approach for Wizards to improve on their 17th place in offensive rating this year.

1. The Wizards are not a top-tier free agent destination

For organizations like the Wizards, it is difficult for them to add an All-Star caliber individual from the free agent market. Some of the recent big names like Beal, Westbrook, John Wall and Paul Pierce were acquired through trade or the draft. If there is a legitimate chance to get Sabonis from Indiana, Sheppard can convince Beal to sign another long-term extension with the franchise.

Similar to the move of the Chicago Bulls, they invested their future in acquiring Nikola Vucevic in order to show Zach LaVine that they were adding pieces with him as the franchise cornerstone. With Sabonis and Beal leading the charge, it will raise their chances of enhancing their weaknesses even with the lack of talent in the upcoming free agent class.

It is definitely a bit risky to invest several players and young assets for Sabonis, but it seems like the intelligent move for them to do at this juncture. The Bulls were able to acquire role players like Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso to supplement their core and even unexpectedly acquired DeMar DeRozan. It is not far-fetched for the Wizards to have these kinds of individuals to play alongside Beal and Sabonis, so they should not waste this opportunity at all and possibly be a sensational threat in the East.