The NBA playoffs are in full swing, but for the Washington Wizards, the focus is on their GM search and the upcoming NBA Draft Lottery on May 14.
"From a Wizards' perspective it would be ... a game-changer, on and off the court," Standig said. "Help them win the games, get people in the seats, all that stuff."
"But when you broaden it out to the whole area, when you consider that NBA stars are basically in this country the biggest individual stars we have — they do basically trump all the other pro teams, with maybe the single exception of Tom Brady — that Zion Williamson, he's not LeBron, he's not Curry, he's not Durant. He's that next tier, Day 1 because of what he's done at Duke, because of the potential."
"Not a spectacular chance, but the top teams only have a 14 percent chance, so it's not that extreme to think that they could actually get lucky," said Standig. "It's both a massive longshot, and yet they're almost on the same plane as everybody else."
"It's not that John Wall won't come back. He obviously is gonna be on the payroll with this massive four-year, $170 million contract kicking in, but the level of uncertainty with his injury at this point — I've had people tell me they can't wait on him anymore," Standig told the Junkies.
"You don't go out of your way necessarily to take a point guard, but if Ja Morant or one of those other guys ... you think is best on the board — sorry, we got to make that move and deal with what happens down the line."