Washington Wizards: Four Key Objectives To Maintain When Rebuilding
The Wizards have had a horrible season…once again. It seems as if it’s becoming a trend for this basketball team. They first lost Gilbert, and then we lost Josh Howard a few games after his welcoming in D.C.
Is this team unlucky?
Maybe a little bit, but there’s luck and then there’s stupid decisions. And I think there may be a little bit more of stupid decisions…
After this ’09-’10 season, it seemed clear what was needed to do for this broken down team. Rebuild.
But this process doesn’t happen by itself. It needs right decisions and change.
Here are some key aspects to take a look at before rebuilding this team…
1. Go Young
This might be the most obvious component of a rebuilding team.
And this would be the essential thing to remember during this uphill battle. As you all may know, the NBA draft is coming. This is big for all the fallen teams this season, including Washington. The draft will be perfect for our rebuilding period because we will have a nice blossoming rookie. Not to stray off subject but the pick the Wizards shoot for, who is in their range, would be someone along the lines of Wes Johnson or DeMarcus Cousins, both very worthy big men.
Once the Wizards have acquired someone like this, they have to keep all of the young (under 26) players on the roster, and get rid of the older ones.
This means for the younger players, keep:
-Javaris Crittenton, 22, PG
-Randy Foye, 26, G
-Cedric Jackson, 24, G
-Shaun Livingston, 24,PG
-Cartier Martin, 25, GF
-Javale McGee, 22, C
-Nick Young, 24, SG
This would give us not much of a variety of youngsters which is why the Wizards must make trades...
2. Make Smart Trades To Acquire Young Players
The Wizards have a roster that has very little variety. Especially very little variety in young players which is exactly what they need right now. They mostly have guards on their list.
Here are some sensible trades for the Wizards:
Andray Blatche, 23, PF: He is a star in D.C but in the draft we may be acquiring a big man such as Wes Johnson or DeMarcus Cousins so it would be somewhat useless to keep him. Plus, we could pick up a decent player since he's considered a "rising star".
Gilbert Arenas, 28, PG: This guy has been having a lot of problems lately based on his concentration and responsibility. He is not one we need for a rebuilding team. And he is an all star so he would do well in a trade with Andray Blatche to acquire some young uprising stars. Or, maybe a high draft pick.
Earl Boykins, 33, PG: The Wizards have too many point guards on their roster. He's too old and he hasn't been getting much done for the Wizards. I say trade this guy as soon as possible.
Josh Howard, 29, SF: He has recently suffered from an injury sending him out for the season. He is getting old and he is not a right fit for this rebuilding team. He is an all star caliber player but he's getting old. Another team might like him and the Wizards should get a younger guy but his same position.
Mike Miller, 30, SG: He's old. It's as simple as that. He i becoming a free agent this summer and he would be a great fit for another team. The Wizards can user his money to get another high caliber shooting guard.
Fabricio Oberto, 35, C: He's another old guy that can't do much for the Wizards. He might go well in a trade with Josh Howard.
The Wizards need to start over and get a new roster. These trades are a great way to start that off.
3. Get a Decent Free Agent
When the word free agent is mentioned, the names Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh probably pop up into the head. But, there are other high caliber free agents that would fit well with D.C.
Here are some that would do well and that meet the Wizards criteria:
Joe Johnson, 28, SG: Though he may not be the youngest guy out there, he still is one of the best. He is a high caliber shooting guard that would be a great fit for the Wizards. He is talented, but the only downside is his age.
Nate Robinson, 25, SG: He is only averaging 10.1 points per game but nonetheless he is worthy. He is a young guy that would progress throughout the years. He is not to expensive so the Wizards could get another solid free agent too.
Rudy Gay, 23, SF: He would be the perfect match for the Wizards. He is one of the top ten free agents and he is one of the guys the Wizards would need. If the Wizards traded Josh Howard to another team the Wizards would be looking for another small forward. Rudy Gay is guy. He is also young which also meets the criteria.
Raymond Felton, 25, PG: The Wizards need a point guard. Getting rid of Gilbert Arenas would leave the Wizards with low caliber point guards. Raymond Felton is young and he would do nicely with the Wizards. Randy Foye could play as a second string point guard leaving Felton the starting spot. This guy is cheap and young. He is near perfect.
The Wizards must get a solid free agent that is high caliber enough to lead the team.
4. Get Rid Of Agent Zero
Now matter how much you practice, it will not be the same as playing in the NBA. Gilbert has been playing inconsistently for the past years and I'm not sure, along with many others that I can bear wondering if this guy will get injured or do something stupid to get himself out. It is not worth it for the Wizards to keep him. I say get this guy out of here. He is getting older and the Wizards need to go young. The Wizards would save big money if they didn't pay for his extension and other teams might take him. Some people are saying that he might go to Minnesota in exchange for Ricky Rubio. This would be great for both teams considering that Rcky Rubio is a young guy and Gilbert is an all star.
Gilbert doesn't fit on this team anymore.
He used to be a hero, now he's zero.
The Wizards have a lot of work to do in the off season. If they follow these steps, and make the perfect decisions, they could finish off the '10-'11 season with a winning record on their backs.