4. Keep Ian Mahinmi healthy
The Wizards have Ian Mahinmi signed through 2020, and he’s set to make around $48 million in that time, so there’s plenty of reasons for the team to expect him to be out there on the floor.
Mahinmi was out most of this year recovering from knee surgery and then sat out of the first eight playoff games with a calf injury.
When he was healthy and on the floor, Mahinmi was effective, shooting 58.6% from the field when he was out there, but he wasn’t healthy and on the floor all that much.
The Wizards need to get Mahinmi healthy and keep him there, because having a solid backup to Marcin Gortat is very important, as the team had a -0.7 net rating when Gortat was on the bench.
Mahinmi’s contract is going to cause cap issues for the Wizards, and if he’s injured, it’s just dead money. If Mahinmi is going to cost the Wizards as much as he is, he needs to contribute, and with rumors that Gortat might be traded, Mahinmi’s role could be more important than ever.