What does the future hold for this franchise? Though they were the early surprise of the Eastern Conference to begin the season, they’ve cooled off a lot since then. They’ve gone from Montrezl Harrell getting MVP votes off the bench for some reason, to currently being the 8th seed. Though Bradley Beal is still very clearly an All-Star and one of the best scorers in the NBA, the question is where do the Wizards go from here? Do they build on their early momentum?
They have a pretty deep roster this year and they could be, at the most, a middle-of-the-pack team in the East for the next few years. Being in the playoffs is a win in and of itself, so that should be something to consider. At the risk of overpaying to keep guys that won’t push you farther than the 5th seed, should the team consider giving up certain players in exchange for some legitimate long-term talent?
If anyone should consider making moves before the deadline, it should be the Washington Wizards. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not necessarily a necessity right now. They still have a great chance to make the playoffs as is, and they could really surprise some young and inexperienced teams in the playoffs.
However, with so many impact players potentially on the chopping block right now that can be legitimate game changers for the right team (CJ McCollum, Ben Simmons, basically anyone on the Pacers, etc.), the Wizards should consider getting Bradley Beal some help that he can rely on, assuming that Beal will be the franchise cornerstone for the foreseeable future. Right now, the stock is high on a lot of Washington’s key rotational players.
This shouldn’t make any of them untouchable though. As good as this team has been, they can all be used as trade pieces. On paper, any combination of trades makes the Wizards’ future look a lot more promising. A Myles Turner/Bradley Beal combination has Rudy Gobert/Donovan Mitchell potential. Though it would be hard to get Ben Simmons away from the 76ers because of their asking price, a 1-2 combo of him and Beal surrounded by shooters and veterans could very easily be a top team in the East.
Even bringing in someone like Malcolm Brogdon would give Beal the type of stability at the point guard that he hasn’t seen since John Wall was healthy eons ago. Personally, I think Beal should be the franchise star, but the future of Washington seems uncertain. This season, whether it be during or after the summer, will tell us where they stand in terms of goals.
However, if they already know that Beal is their guy, they need to start moving pieces around sooner rather than later.
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