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Wizards wary of becoming too young

May 23, 2013, 11:01 AM EST

Bradley Beal

The Wizards rightfully believe they would have made the playoffs if they remained healthy this season. Washington went 24-25 with John Wall – a better winning percentage than the eighth-seeded Bucks (38-44). And when Wall, Nene and Bradley Beal all played, the Wizards were 15-7.

Washington should be excited to have a team on the rise and the ability to add three draft picks – No. 3, No. 38 and No. 54 – to a young group. Not all three of those players will necessarily pan out, but the more young prospects, the more likely to find a valuable piece.

Or not.

J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Grunfeld doesn’t want three rookies on a team that already is extremely youthful with Bradley Beal (19), John Wall (22), Jan Vesely (23), Kevin Seraphin (23) and Chris Singleton (23).  

“I‘ll agree with him on that. We don’t need three rookies,” Wittman said in a phone interview with CSN Washington on Wednesday afternoon. “We still got a lot of developing to do with those guys. To add three more to that group, I don’t think in terms of what we’re trying to accomplish in the next couple of years is beneficial.”

The Wizards, evidenced by their trade for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, aren’t worried about maintaining flexibility and upside. They want to make the playoffs next season, and they’re clearly willing to sacrifice a chance at a brighter long-term future to do so.

This makes me even more confident they’ll draft Otto Porter if they keep the third pick. Not only is he from nearby Georgetown (not as big of a plus as teams make that out to be), he’s a one of the more-ready NBA prospects and would fill a need, especially if Martell Webster leaves in free agency.

  1. stephenolszewski - May 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    I think it’s better for them if they become too young, they tried to rebuild on the fly last year and that plan has failed

  2. mungman69 - May 23, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    Will the Wizards ever be any good?

    • thirdistheworrd - May 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      As a lifelong Bullets fan, relentless optimist, and DC homer to the point of idiocy, the answer is no. Ernie Grunfeld is the worst GM in the history of sports, and seems very determined to run the Wizards straight out of the NBA. Trading (what was essentially) Ricky Rubio for Mike Miller and Randy Foye still makes me nauseous, five years later

      . As he says almost word for word above, he is resolute on not building a young core, and instead filling the team with aging, cap-killing journeymen. As long as Grunfeld remains at the helm, the Wizards will continue to be a (mostly) star-free team, unable to attract all-pro caliber free agents, and even if it could, lacking the cap room to sign them to the team.

      So again, as a die-hard Bullets fan I can say with conviction that “No. The Wizards will never be any good. (while Grunfeld remains employed)”

  3. operwapitsai - May 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    remember Jordan? just slow down, rebuild and grow these players. no need for such rush

  4. unxpexted1 - May 23, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Wall, Beal and Porter would be a nice young core.

  5. aboogy123456 - May 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    I think Wizards have as bright of a future as any team in the league that doesn’t have lebron on it. Right now they have an elite level superstar in John Wall, arguably the best backcourt in the league, very strong perimeter defense, an offensive post presence in Nene, and solid role players that can defend and shoot the three, which makes it impossible to stop John Wall. Assuming they get a good role player that can defend and rebound in the upcoming draft with the 3rd pick, they are set.

  6. aboogy123456 - May 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    They don’t need to make any moves, they just need to get better from within and then they will be competing for the East title in a couple of years. They have done a great job putting this team together, and wizards fans should be very excited. Get ready for John Wall people.

    • aboogy123456 - May 23, 2013 at 1:11 PM

      I think Wizards have as bright of a future as any team in the league that doesn’t have lebron on it. Right now they have an elite level superstar in John Wall, arguably the best backcourt in the league, very strong perimeter defense, an offensive post presence in Nene, and solid role players that can defend and shoot the three, which makes it impossible to stop John Wall. Assuming they get a good role player that can defend and rebound in the upcoming draft with the 3rd pick, they are set.

    • aboogy123456 - May 23, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      Right now they have an elite level superstar in John Wall, arguably the best backcourt in the league, very strong perimeter defense, an offensive post presence in Nene, and solid role players that can defend and shoot the three, which makes it impossible to stop John Wall. Assuming they get a good role player that can defend and rebound in the upcoming draft with the 3rd pick, they are set.

  7. azarkhan - May 23, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Fortunately they don’t have to be wary of getting too bad. Been there, done that (many, many, many times).

  8. lbmclean - May 23, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    hows about Javale McGee for the #3?….

  9. jadaruler - May 23, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    Who cares about being too young, just get players that are good and fit the direction you’re going.

  10. nichobert - May 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Wait, how do Okafor and Ariza damage flexibility?

    They’re officially 21 million dollars in expiring contracts now. And both of them looked like they could be huge contributors on playoff teams.

    Whoever they can acquire with either of those is almost certain to keep DC from being flexible… But if it’s for the right guy, who knows what could happen?

    Being too young IS a concern for DC. It wouldn’t have to be if they had ever brought in a new regime during the 1,5 rebuilds they’ve gone through since 06,
    The people that Ernie has in place have no business developing players, they had 4 bigs under 25 regress significantly last year,

    Nene’s deal is the possible back breaker.if he can’t stay healthy it’s enough to keep DC from being we to build anything his Beal is still on his rookie deal.

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