The Wizards are set to begin their Summer League schedule this weekend and have already made a series of moves to reshape their roster for the 2019-20 campaign. Here are the five biggest questions surrounding their offseason as it gets set to enter a new phase...
1. When will they name a full-time team president?
The Wizards are now in their fourth month of trying to find Ernie Grunfeld's replacement as front office architect. Senior vice president Tommy Sheppard has done a solid job in the interim and it seems like most fans are on board with him getting promoted to a long-term post.
But are the Wizards going to do that, or are they going to hand this team over to an external candidate with the draft and free agency all but complete? The wait that no one thought would take this long continues.
2. Will they sign Beal to an extension?
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Wizards hope to offer All-Star Bradley Beal to a contract extension this summer. They can give him about $111 million over three years. Whether Beal will take it, though, is hard to tell.
He has already indicated he will consider the offer, which is not surprising given it is, at the end of the day, $111 million dollars we're talking about. But Beal could opt to bet on himself and wait. If he gets All-NBA next season, he could get more than double that amount over a five-year contract.
Beal has also said he wants to see the team's direction before committing long-term. He wants to win and so far most of the moves they have made have been about getting better down the road rather than for this coming season.
3. Are they set at point guard?
The Wizards have already addressed point guard in several ways in signing Ish Smith, Isaiah Thomas and undrafted free agent Justin Robinson. But that group, although intriguing, is likely to represent a drop-off from what they had last season with Tomas Satoransky. Smith is a solid veteran, but whether you can compete for a playoff spot with him as your starter is debatable.
They could still, though, do something via trade. The Wizards have trade exceptions, young players and draft picks. They don't have enough to make a big splash, but might be able to upgrade at point guard if they are really motivated to do so.
4. How do they sort out center?
The Wizards have a bit of a logjam at the center position. They re-signed Thomas Bryant to a three-year contract worth $25 million, so clearly he is their future and should probably start. But that could create an interesting situation with Dwight Howard, an accomplished player returning from the back surgery that sidelined him for the final five months of last season.
Howard, 33, may be able to help the Wizards. Rebounding was arguably their most glaring weakness last season and that's what he does best. But the Wizards are trying to reset for the future and change their locker room culture and, if they decided to part ways, it wouldn't be the first time Howard has fallen victim to that.
5. Are they rebuilding?
Wizards majority owner Ted Leonsis said in January that his team did not plan to tank, but what they are doing right now is starting to look a lot like a heavily-armored military vehicle. They let Bobby Portis, Trevor Ariza, Jeff Green and Satoransky go and didn't replace them with equal players. The Wizards won 32 games last season and have let more talent leave than they have brought in.
There is still plenty of time this offseason to make roster moves. Though they have little money to spend, they could add more veterans that way or strike a trade. But right now, the team's ceiling appears to be lower than it was last season.
Now, much of what they are doing is smart. They are adding young players and draft picks, two things that they needed. But they appear to be a move or two away from completing a full teardown.
Perhaps some would argue that is the best course at this point, but keep in mind that tanking is often fool's gold, especially with the new lottery system.
The Raptors won a title this year without a single lottery pick. Meanwhile, teams like the Knicks, Suns, Kings and Magic have been tanking for years and don't have a whole lot to show for it. Yes, the Kings have some young talent, but the last time they made the playoffs, in 2006, Peja Stojakovic was on their team.
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