The Washington Wizards head into the offseason and they definitely need to make some changes to the roster.
The 2018 expectations for the Washington Wizards were high, but unfortunately, they didn’t play up to what they were capable this past season. The roster was basically the same from the 2017 team minus a few players from the bench.
What went wrong for the 2018 Wizards team is a mystery. Change does need to happen in order for the team to become a force in the Eastern Conference as most of the other top teams will be good for years to come.
Some of the changes that should happen this offseason: parting ways with Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi. You could tell that most of the players, well mainly John Wall and Bradley Beal didn’t really like him.
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Both Gortat and Mahinmi are under contract for the 2018-2019 season, so the Wizards might have to trade both or eat the money. Trading Wall, Beal, or Otto Porter could happen if it helps the team get younger and free up to cap space.
The best thing Washington Wizards General Manager Ernie Grunfeld can do is put Wall, Beal, and Porter on the block and see which players garner the most interest and which player will receive the best package in return to help the team long-term. To me, Porter has the most upside and will continue to get better.
A lot of fans were hoping that Grunfeld would be out as GM of the team after the season, but it was announced last week that he secretly signed a contract extension. How many more seasons of bad moves does a GM have to make before he’s out of a job?
Hopefully, this offseason will be filled with moves that will help the team, especially now that the Wizards have a first and a second-round draft pick, something they haven’t had in a few years.