Ernie Grunfeld's departure as team president of the Washington Wizards has left them in search of someone new to lead their front office. They could go in-house and keep Tommy Sheppard, who is in charge in the interim. Or, they could go outside the organization to bring in a fresh set of eyes.
Whomever takes over for the long-term, they will have plenty of work to do. Here are three objectives that will be on the plate of the Wizards' new leadership.
Work around John Wall's contract
The Wizards' new leader will inherit what is arguably one of the biggest roster-building obstacles in NBA history. Next year, Wall will enter the first season of a supermax contract. He is due to make 35 percent of the cap, or approximately $37.8 million. That is despite the fact he will miss most if not all of the 2019-20 campaign due to a ruptured Achilles. The scenario is basically unprecedented.
There is no guarantee Wall will even return the same player, as he is coming back from a serious injury that could affect his signature speed. The Wizards' new front office leadership will have to build the roster with fewer financial resources and with the uncertainty of Wall's future as a player. That means they will need to make the most of what they have and try to find as many bargains as possible in free agency and make all of their draft picks count. They have no choice but to do more with less.
Determine Bradley Beal's future
The Wizards could be faced with another difficult decision this summer involving an All-Star player. They could have the potential to offer Beal a supermax contract if he makes All-NBA honors. With Wall already on a supermax contract, fitting two into their long-term future would further restrict their ability to build a winner.
Beal is very good, but the new GM could determine trading him is the best option, especially if the organization decides to tear down the roster for a rebuild. If they decide a full roster makeover is the way to go, everything swings on Beal.
Acquire more assets
Anyone who takes over will have a lack of draft resources, as the Wizards do not have a second round pick until 2023. That is four straight drafts with only their first round picks. Though they could luck into a top lottery pick this summer, it's likely the new GM will want to get more shots to take in the draft.
Perhaps that increases the likelihood they trade back this summer to acquire a second or third selection. If the Wizards do not find luck in the lottery and vault into the top four, perhaps they trade, say, the ninth pick for two later firsts. Any new GM is going to want to shape this roster with their own players and ideally ones the team can develop. The only way to do that is through the draft.
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