Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, what is the goal for the rest of Wizards' season? Caron Butler stated in a recent interview that they want to play .500 or better basketball for the remainder of this season. If the first two games after the break mean anything, this goal could be possible.
The Wizards decision to stand pat may be an issue to be revisited for seasons to come. Not for the effect or lack thereof on this season, but the effect it may have on the teams ability to improve over the next few years. As we know, the team's current contract situation could cause problems for the team in signing its probable lottery pick.
Grunfeld will need to use all of his connections around the league on this one. Most of the contracts he needs to shed won't be very attractive to other teams. Take Etan Thomas's deal. It has a trade kicker in it worth about $6 million. That is not very tradeable.
Right now, the only thing we can speculate is that Ernie will try to package the lottery pick with one of the contracts he needs to shed for a solid veteran.
With that move, the team can go into next season hoping for an improved group of youngsters, more confident play from Blatche, Haywood, and Stevenson, and most important, a return by Gilbert Arenas to his pre-injury form.
So all that's left is to buckle up, get behind what we have on the floor, and hope for improvement from our young guys in preparing for next season.