In about eight hours, the Wizards will formally introduced Scott Brooks as their new coach after he signed a five-year contract that's fully guaranteed. He'll be asked about everything from John Wall to Kevin Durant to his vision of what style he'll implement, his input on the roster and the type of players he wants to secure in free agency.
He'll be asked about Bradley Beal, a restricted free agent, being part of the long-term plan, which players he has actually talked to personally, to compare Wall to his former player Russell Westbrook and some more about Durant. He'll be asked about what convinced him D.C. was the destination for him over places such as the Sacramento Kings and eventual openings with the L.A. Lakers and Houston Rockets.
The last question is rather easy to answer but Brooks wouldn't dare be this blunt but president Ernie Grunfeld offered him $35 million reasons to take the job. And Durant is under contract with another team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, so he can easily shut down all of those questions by saying NBA rules prevent tampering -- a very loosely defined term that can cost a coach and an organization a lot of money in fines.
Brooks will say all of the right things and he should. When there's a new sheriff in town, optimism runs rampant. But he has a lot of work to do. As teams continue to drop out of the NBA playoffs, Brooks will be assembling his coaching staff which CSNmidatlantic.com was told will look very similar to his previous ones that had the likes of Mark Bryant, Maurice Cheeks and Robert Pack.
Even though the Wizards don't have any 2016 draft picks, essentially swapping their first-rounder to get Markieff Morris from the Phoenix Suns, they still have scouting to do.
Most players who enter the draft won't be chosen. Early entrants alone total 162, according to the NBA on Tuesday, and there are only 60 picks to be made in two rounds.
The Wizards still can bring in players for workouts though these will be late-second round prospects and future undrafted free agents. That they'll have as many as nine roster spots come open makes Verizon Center a worthwhile stop.
Plus, the Wizards still have to populate their roster for Las Vegas summer league with Kelly Oubre and Aaron White, both 2015 draft picks, heading up that team. That begins in the second week of July. Center Jaleel Roberts, who played for the Wizards at summer league and was in training camp last season, is likely to rejoin the Wizards for it.
The roster will be under reconstruction starting July 1 as free agency opens.