Just when you thought things couldn’t get any worse for the Washington Wizards, it does. Not having John Wall and Nene Hilario to start the season was just the beginning. Key reserve Trevor Booker went down within the first two weeks with a knee injury. As recently as last week, starting small forward Trevor Ariza went down with a calf injury. Last night, in another loss, the Wizards lost starting point guard A.J. Price to a broken hand.
Price was signed this offseason to back up Wall. Little did Price know, he would be replacing Wall for the unforseeable future. Price was averaging 8 points, nearly 5 assists, and only 1.5 turnovers per game. Price also did the best job of getting Wizards in some kind of offense.
Taking a look at this team, Ernie Grunfeld has to feel compelled to make some kind of move. Watching this team is like looking at a horrific accident and you just can’t turn away. Last years lottery pick, Jan Vesley, has fallen out of the rotation. If it wasn’t for so many injuries, one has to wonder if the Wizards would have sent Vesley down to the NBDL by now.
So what does Grunfeld do? Continue to stay the course or begin to start making some type of moves? Once again, the off season aquisition of Emeka Okafor and Ariza are coming back to hurt the Wizards. The team is left with little cap room and Okafor, a nearly unmovable piece considering his contract number. I know it’s early in the season still but I think it may be time to start thinking about next season for the Wizards. I’m not so sure Grunfeld would agree.