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John Wall outlines ways Wizards' front office can improve the roster

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John Wall outlines ways Wizards' front office can improve the roster

John Wall is never one to bite his tongue and each year that creates an interesting conversation once the Wizards' season comes to a close. This time it was following a first-round playoff exit and, per usual, he spoke his mind.

Wall went into detail about what he thinks the organization should do to improve this summer. He believes there are several areas they can upgrade.

Though an argument could be made that the roster was deeper this season than it was one year ago, Wall isn't so sure.

“I wouldn’t really say really deeper, I mean to be honest in my opinion. I think we added some pieces that helped us out at times but I think at the same time we could have added some more," Wall said. "I think we got this summer that’s really an opportunity to try to make some more switches and make it a deeper team and a more stronger team. You kind of look at [Otto Porter] go down and you just have really Kelly [Oubre] as one backup three."

Wall was referring to the Wizards having only two natural small forwards on the roster this season. When Porter was hurt, they had to turn to Tomas Satoransky, who can play the position but is primarily a point guard.

Wall thinks the Wizards need to add more weapons around him and All-Star shooting guard Bradley Beal.

"Just got to add some pieces," he said. "A lot, to be honest. There's a lot that we can use... I think it's pretty obvious. I don't need to point it out. I think the way the league is going, you need athletic bigs, you need scoring off the bench, you need all of those types of things. We don't really have an athletic big. I mean, Ian [Mahinmi] is older. [Marcin Gortat] is older. They're not athletic guys, but they do the little things that permit their game to help as much as possible."

Wall added that the players brought in need to bring with them a certain mindset.

"I think the thing we really can worry about is trying to add some pieces that fit right with guys that want to be true professionals, that want to really play and want to understand their roles and help the team out as much as possible. I think that’s what we need to do."

Wall wants anyone who joins the Wizards to buy into the bigger picture and perhaps in a different way than some of his current teammates.

"I think it’s just figuring out what pieces can add to our team, what guys can stay and what guys can go, that make us, that really want to be here, that really want to win and really want to take that next step," he said.

Wall could be talking about any number of guys, but it's worth noting that backup shooting guard Jodie Meeks requested a trade midseason and starting center Marcin Gortat has talked about moving on from Washington several times in the past.

The Wizards are not set to have a lot of money to spend in free agency. If they want to make a major move it will likely need to come via trade. That does include the potential for a sign-and-trade with a free agent player.

There are some big names set to hit the market like LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George and DeAndre Jordan. Wall reiterated that he does not prefer to play the role of a recruiter in those scenarios.

"I think people understand what they'll get if they come here. They've seen our team. They kind of know what it is. I don't think you really have to do much recruiting unless you're trying to like take you and two other people to a whole other team. I'm cool where I'm at," he said.

Wall has made his case. Now, like all of us, he will see how the front office treats this offseason.

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The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.

Here are five things to know about him...

1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999. 

2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel. 

3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. 

4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years. 

5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks. 

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    The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

    Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer. 

    The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday

    A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.

    After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure. 

    His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season. 

    This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available. 

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