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The Washington Wizards’ players-only meeting back in January did not work. Maurice Evans saw exactly what the Wizards problem was and he went after it early on so the issue could be nixed, finally (via FOX Sports):
Having sat and watched the Wizards train-wreck their way through an 0-6 start - not just losing, but embarrassing themselves along the way - Evans decided to take action Thursday. Even though he's yet to play this season because of an ailing right knee, he called a players-only meeting just before practice.
''We have to be real with ourselves,'' Evans said. ''The sense of entitlement that's here sometimes, I've never seen before.''
Nothing changed. The Washington Wizards are still the most aimless organization in the league—not the most futile, because the Charlotte Bobcats retain that title. However, they are undergoing an overhaul, after the trades of Nick Young and JaVale McGee, after one of the most potential-ridden teams in the country could not seem to realize it itself.
Evans would be a great addition to a team filled with youth, but not one in as much disarray as the Wizards are. Acquiring Nene Hilario by the trade deadline brought in a veteran that is coachable. It also escorted youth and energy right out of the door.
The Wizards are going to be looking to load their roster up with strong, young players to fill the gaps and Evans’ and his injuries do not fit the criteria. Washington has a lot of time to evaluate their future and I just do not see Evans as a long-term option.