After a bumpy start to the season, the Washington Wizards put down a solid finish and fought for a place in the play-in tournament. From there they got the number 8 in the Eastern Conference, where they would lose 4-1 in the series in the first round against the Philadelphia 76ers.
While reaching the playoffs is every team’s goal, the wizards feel a bit right in the middle of it. They ended the season with a record loss of 34-38 and didn’t look competitive until late in the season. Now that they make the playoffs, they have no lottery selection to improve the roster as they build around Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook.
However, Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green believes surrounding this duo of young players isn’t the best way to go anyway.
“Get draft picks and place them next to two All-Stars? That does not work.”
In any case, Washington is in a difficult position. They’d love to keep their franchise cornerstone in Beal happy, but they don’t have a lot of flexibility. Not only will they be voting in the middle of the first round (No. 15) in the 2021 NBA draft, but they also have a lot of money tied up in long-term contracts, which limits their freedom of action.
At this point, it may be time to either go for the fences and go all-in, or try to put the squad of young talent on the streets for a championship boost.
Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard says the team remains committed to keeping Beal long term. Regardless, the Washington Wizards will face a crucial off-season as they try to do what is best for the franchise.