The Washington Wizards seemed to believe that by bringing in Flip Saunders as head coach, getting Gil Arenas back from injury, and bringing in a couple guys in a trade would be the pieces necessary to get back to the playoffs.

Now the Wizards are 8 games out of the last playoff spot, Gil Arenas is suspended for the rest of the season, and they’re looking to make a trade.

I don’t pretend to understand the NBA nearly as well as I understand the NFL (which still isn’t enough to get me a job with the Washington Redskins, but I digress), but I think it’s a bad idea for the Wizards to make this trade.

The reports state that the Wizards would get Al Harrington from the Knicks, Tracy McGrady would go to New York, and Houston would get two players who I don’t believe Washington should get rid of – Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood.

Haywood is averaging roughly a double-double each game (9.8 points and 10.3 rebounds), not to mention he was starting to be considered one of the better defensive players in the league.  I guess the Wizards might be willing to get rid of Haywood if they think Andray Blatche – 7 years younger than Brendan.  Blatche does average 9 points and 5 rebounds a game, playing less than half the game.  There’s got to be a reason why Haywood is a starter and Blatche is not.  Maybe I’m just reliving the bad feelings I got when I watched ex-Wizard Ben Wallace as he started being an MVP-caliber player up in Detroit, but I don’t want to see that happen again.  I’d like to see the Wizards get something quality in return for him, though, and all the Wizards are getting is Al Harrington.  If the trade were one-for-one, I could understand the trade.  I might even think the Wizards should give up another piece in the deal, considering Harrington’s stat averages.

But the Wizards are also giving up Caron Butler – a great guy and a great player.  My first thought after hearing of this potential trade was that Harrington was a young player – but he’s not.  He’s the same age as Caron Butler, scores just slightly higher on average than Butler, but Al’s rebounds and assists per game are both lower than Caron’s averages.

The deal just doesn’t make sense to me.  I’d love it if someone would explain to me why the Wizards should make this trade at all.