Time For Washington Wizards To Focus On Future

By Thomas Jones
Geoff Burke – US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Wizards are at a crossroads. While they have been above .500 since all of their players returned to health, they still are a long shot to make the playoffs. With the playoffs being a long shot they must now decide on continuing to find chemistry or playing the young guys who are struggling to get into regular rotation.

Focusing on the future should be the Wizards main concern at this point. It is no point in having Nene Hilario out on the floor playing hurt when the team isn’t playing for anything but pride at this point. Time to see what Jan Vesely looks like running next to John Wall, that is what he was drafted number six for. Emeka Okafor only has one year remaining on his deal after this season so it would be of importance to find out if any of the big men on their current roster has what it takes to replace Okafor once his contract ends. If not, they might want to address that this summer via free agency and/or the draft.

The Wizards also need to find out if any of the other young players mesh with Wall and Bradley Beal. They know that is their back court of the future, that much is certain. It’s time to make some touch decisions for this franchise. For the first time in a while they seem to be moving in the right direction finally. This summer is shaping up to be a summer of additions and not overhaul. Owner Ted Leonsis would still benefit from a change at General Manager. While Ernie Grunfeld has gotten himself out of the hole he dug, his reputation as a talent evaluator is still highly questionable.

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