Ernie Grunfeld sticking with the plan for Wizards
The Wizards roster that was assembled over the last year was really a multi-year plan — Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Nene each had multiple years on their contracts. The Wizards were locking themselves in.
So it shouldn’t be a shock that team president Ernie Grunfeld said the goal is to stick with the plan in Washington. He spoke with the media, including our man Ben Standig at CSNWashington.com, and the focus was largely “let’s see what this roster can do when healthy.”First and foremost on the list this summer for the Wizards is to extend John Wall’s contract. But do you give him the max he wants?
“I think John had a very good year, and he showed that he makes a difference on the team. There’s no question about that, and he’s eligible for an extension. July 1 is the first day we can talk about that, and we’ll have conversations with him, his representatives, to see if we can work something out
Obviously, we’ve said all along that we’re building this team around John and with John. We want to have him here long term.
I think Wall is going to get a healthy offer from the Wizards, but not a max. Then the ball is in his court.
The Wizards have talked about re-signing free agent Martell Webster, that is a priority. But what about the other young players on the team who will be back on their rookie deals — Jan Vesley, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker and Kevin Seraphin?
Look for Bradley Beal, Vesley and Singleton to play for the Wizards in Summer League.
And the other thing that seemed clear — Randy Wittman will be back as coach.
Bottom line, Grunfeld wants to see what this lineup can do when healthy — which at the end of last season was an above .500 team, a playoff team. That’s the goal for next season.