The Washington Wizards are a rebuilding team that could make some noise this season in the Eastern Conference.
Led by stellar point guard John Wall and sharpshooter Bradley Beal, the Wizards have an eye on this season as they could be a playoff team if they’re able to put their pieces together. They also have an eye towards the future, however, as the goal of the franchise is to have a continuous success with their young players.
Based on the latter, the team made a solid move announcing that Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton won’t have their contract options exercised going towards the 2014-15 season.
Both players were selected in the 2011 NBA Draft as first-rounders, but neither has been able to improve the way the team hoped. The Czech big man has been the biggest disappointment of the two: Vesely has only averaged 3.6 PPG in 15.5 MPG in his first two years in the league, and that’s clearly not what’s expected from a top-10 pick.
Singleton hasn’t been much better. He has averaged 4.4 PPG and 3.4 RPG in 19.1 minutes, and has missed the entire preseason after undergoing surgery on his left foot.
It’s worth noticing that these two players could be re-signed after this upcoming season, but they won’t be able to earn the same sum that they were going to receive with their initial deals. And if the Wizards want to maintain their philosophy of trying to improve based on their young core, they shouldn’t bring either of them back based on their first two seasons.