After another disappointing year, the Washington Wizards have a long offseason to figure out how to get on the right side of a winning record. The offseason officially begins on May 30 (though fans would disagree and note it began after the team slid to a 2-15 start) when the NBA draft lottery takes place.
The Wizards are guaranteed a top-five pick and have almost a 20 percent chance of claiming the top pick, which comes with the right to draft Kentucky center Anthony Davis.
The NBA draft takes place on June 28.
Before the draft, the Wizards need to find a coach. Randy Wittman is not the answer, and the Wizards need to make a strong move in the selection of their next coach. With a young and inexperienced team, the Wizards need a coach who can motivate the team and change the losing mentality that's plaguing them.
The roster is not built for winning, and major changes are expected. Half of the current roster needs to be exorcised and the Wizards need to add a few key pieces in free agency and some new blood with the draft.
The offseason should be interesting for the Wizards because they have three draft picks and a decent amount of cap room.
They are set at point guard and center with John Wall and Nene, have a solid duo of young power forwards in Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin, boast a scoring threat in Jordan Crawford, and feature promising talent in Chris Singleton and Shelvin Mack. By adding a few key pieces, the Wizards can make themselves into a playoff contender by next season.
With a one-year contract, the heat is on general manager Ernie Grunfeld to right the ship in D.C. Expect Grunfeld to be plenty busy this offseason as he improves a team that finished with the second-worst record in the NBA and its fourth consecutive losing season.