jivelikenice wrote:No reason to deal Okafor now. He's been steadily playing better as the season has progressed and will have a lot more value this summer as an expiring player, who is more than just dead weight.
This is not true. Players have value either because they are good, OR because they are an expiring contract. The two together aren't cumulative. Basically, players who aren't worth their salary become more valuable as their contract becomes shorter. Players who are worth their salary become less valuable as their contract becomes shorter.
The reason to deal him now is specifically BECAUSE he is playing better. That's why teams might want him. He may actually be worth his current salary.
I don't see why that would be true. I see how both can easily be true. Not an either/or.
He is more valuable playing better in both situations. His contract getting shorter means its easier to him dump sooner if he starts to sink later or you get the inside track on signing him to a more resonable contract once his expires if he is staying productive. Not like he is going to play better enough to get extended at 10M a year again. I would guess the team that signs him next gets him for around 5-6M/year over 2-3 years. That might be something they want.
Right now the Wizard hold these options. They can cash in now or let it play out. And until I get to see what they look like all together, I wouldn't cash out on Okafor just yet.
My guess is that they are not making a move now. They want to see what everything they assembled looks like together. That could raise his value more or they might like it and build from what they have.