Aside from being perpetually injury prone (only appearing in more than 70 games twice in his career), the St. Louis product has failed in stints as the sidekick of Allen Iverson, of LeBron James, and as trying to be a PG in Golden State. Lately, he's just a fading piece in Chicago.
But it was in DC, playing the passing lanes alongside Gilbert Arenas, where Hughes stole the hearts of Wizards fans. In fact, his first, second and fourth highest career PERs (Player Efficiency Rating) came during his three years as a Wizard.
Could Hughes' career be resurrected in the District? Don't get your hopes up.
Sure, he just turned 30 in late January, but entering the league at 20 has put a ton of miles on his body. Plus, the fast-paced system Hughes once flourished in went out the door when Eddie Jordan was fired, and there's no guarantee that the next coach will have the same philosophy.
In making the rumored move, the Wizards would clear up a roster spot that is already maxed out at 15. However, they would be taking on one large contact against two smaller ones. And Mike Jones of the Washington Times reports that the deal is unlikely for this very reason.
At this point, trading for Hughes before the Feb. 19 deadline hints of desperation and impatience, and neither of those are GM Ernie Grunfeld's style.