Washington Wizards

Washington Wizards...Do They Have a Plan?

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ROB YOUNG SRContributor IJune 21, 2009

It's about five days and counting before the 2009 NBA Draft begins. Washington Wizards G.M. Ernie Grunfeld who did pretty well obtaining Javale McGee in the last draft is now in need of another stellar move.

He seems to be quite capable he also has the C.Butler for K. Brown deal and the deal that brought A. Jamison to town and got rid of a few bad contracts. Anyone for a dose of deja vu?

The Wizards are a team that has a lot of questions to answer..Gilbert Arenas? How much does Jamison have left? Can Haywood pickup where he left off before being injured? So it's hard to nail down on player or position to target.

If they had won the top lottery pick it would have been a given for most. But I would have liked to have seen what they could have gotten in trade for the pick just hypothetically. Just imagine what teams might have been willing to offer for Blake Griffin.

The  Wizards would have likely have taken the pick and chosen Griffin but that's out of the question now. I believe a possible trade is still a strong possibility. The Wizards are in need of a veteran that can come in and contribute immediately. And they need to shed at least one of the bad contracts they are carrying.

At this point S.Curry seems to be the wild card that may give the Wizards a trade partner along with R.Rubio. Several teams have serious interest in both and there have been a few rumors floating that could have some merit.

The question is do the Wizards know what they want and what are they willing to do to get it? With a new coach Flip Saunders are they still feeling that they can make a real run with the current roster. Or will they take a season or two to retool not rebuild and allow Saunders to put together his version of the Wizards.

We here in Washington already have an example of what can happen when a new coach is expected to achieve with a leftover roster see... {Washington Redskins} not a good thing. But we also have an example of what taking your time and putting together a roster that fits your plan can achieve. see { Washington Capitals}

Yes before the injuries hit the Wizards where one of the best in the East before the all-star break but that was a few years ago. It is not a good idea to plan based on that past success. The players like Arenas, Jamison & Butler where younger and healthier.

Let's plan for the future Mr. Grunfeld. Plan around J. McGhee, D. McGuire and Nick Young. Yes the previously players have important parts to play but only in the near future (next 2 -3 yrs) maybe if we are lucky.

Time to have some vision and act on it. Have a plan for the future trade the pick for a player and a lower pick say adding a veteran Point Guard allowing Arenas to move to the shooting guard. And picking up young PG to groom in the draft.

Grunfeld & Saunders must also make decesions on players such as Pecherov, Songailia, and in my opinion Blatche and Stevenson. Blatche and Pecherov are players with that word potential behind there names but how much longer does the team wait for it to pay off ? Stevenson's play while gritty is too inconsistant specially scoring. Songailia though you have got to respect his savy and experience how much does he really bring to the table?

 

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