With so many moving parts during any offseason and particularly this one for the Washington Wizards, it's easy to obsess over some single topic and lose focus of the big picture. From re-signing Bradley Beal to changing the head coach to revamping nearly their entire bench to changing their rehab approach to John Wall's knee surgeries, it's been a busy summer.
And...? After not making the playoffs last season and needing a late push to finish 41-41, where do the Wizards stand in the East for the 2016-17?
"We are going to be fine," Wall said Saturday when asked about his thoughts on the team now that bulk of free agency is over. "Main thing that is important to us, is our two best players. If me and Brad stay healthy, we are going to be alright."
Wall played in 238 of a possible 246 games over the previous three seasons, but his 2015-16 campaign ended prematurely. The Wizards shutdown the three-time All-Star, who played through pain much of the season. Two knee procedures soon followed and now it's unclear if he'll be ready for the Oct. 27 opener. Yet based on history, Beal is the greater injury concern. He's played more than 63 games only once in four seasons.
Last year, injuries overall were a problem. Washington ranked among the league leaders in games missed throughout the season.
"We dealt with a lot of injuries," Wall continued. "That's the main key to our team. You're two best players can't deal with injuries. And, the last couple of years our team has always had injuries. We have to come into this season trying to stay healthy. When you stay healthy you give yourself a better chance to win and not having to switch up lineups. I think we did a great job of adding some pieces. We still have an opportunity to add one more piece."
The Wizards have 12 guaranteed contracts on the roster and perhaps two more locks in wings Jarell Eddie and Danuel House. If they fill the final spot, good bet another guard enters considering the injury concerns. As Wall noted, it won't matter much who comes on board if Washington's two main options can't stay on the court.
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