Exit interviews, when players meet individually with the coaching staff and management, take place today for the Wizards at Verizon Center. All sides will share their thoughts on their season, what they liked and didn't like and what direction everyone is heading going into the offseason.
Some players have to just heal. John Wall played through multiple injuries, soreness to his right knee and both ankles and his left wrist that currently has five non-displaced fractures. Bradley Beal has had a recurrence of the stress reaction in his lower right leg and badly twisted his right ankle in the second round of the playoffs. Nene, Marcin Gortat and Paul Pierce are veterans who all had aches and pains.
But there's plenty to figure out as the Wizards will draft 19th overall in the first round and free agency opens July 1:
- Size: They bulked up with Kevin Seraphin, DeJuan Blair and Drew Gooden, which the Wizards felt they needed to compete with the likes of the Chicago Bulls. But they had problems with the small lineups of Toronto, Atlanta and Golden State. Unrestricted free agent Seraphin, and possibly Gooden, will be gone. So when the front office decides to retool the roster will they downsize?
- Age: The Wizards went with signing veterans such as Pierce, Rasual Butler, Andre Miller and Gooden last summer. But the grind of the 82-game regular season they need to find younger legs for the early part of the season while maintaining experience for the postseason. This requires drafting properly with players who can contribute ASAP. Without a D-League affiliate, players must be NBA-ready. That's rare outside of the few elite players coming out as coaches have to balance getting them seasoning while tasked with the responsibility to win right away.
- Kris Humphries: He was a good fit early with his hustle and rebounding, but as the Wizards drifted to a smaller lineup he fell out of favor (Humphries also had a groin strain that knocked him out 17 games). He has been working on his three-point range since training camp, trying to add the "stretch four" capability to his game. It's why Gooden took all of the postseason minutes there vs. two teams that played extremely small there.
- Nene or Gortat: Ideally, both could work together but it's a rare occurrence. When Gortat flourished at the end of the season, it was because of his pick-and-roll play with Wall while Nene was relegated to more of a utility role. On paper, this is a formidable duo but the fact is Nene is entering the final year of his deal while Gortat has four years left on his.
- Otto Porter: He played so well coming off the bench for most of the postseason, but being a full-time starter is another matter. Even if he's ready, there's a major void behind him if Pierce retires.