Wizards Trade Defense for Offense, Hornets Pick Up a Proper Backup for Chris Paul
The salary cap implications for Daniels and James are nearly identical, so that part of the swap is completely basketball-related. Both guards could be considered past their prime, and both are certainly second-stringers at this point. But each brings something different to the table: Daniels is a solid defender, while James has made a career on his deep jumper. To my eyes, it looks like Washington is trading defense for offense at the interim point guard spot.
It would appear James will start until Gilbert Arenas comes back. Crittenton's the keystone to the deal for D.C.: if he turns out to be a good player, the Wizards will have won this round. The Memphis pick could never have been better than No. 15 overall due to protections; there's a distinct possibility it could have turned into only a 2013 second-rounder, which is (for all purposes) useless at this point.
New Orleans gets itself a credible back-up who will fit the system and offer Chris Paul relief later this season. All the Hornets lost was a grumpy gunner who never plays and had almost no trade value. Even if Daniels plays less than 10 minutes a game, it's a nice insurance policy to buy for nothing.