How Free Agency is Impacting the Wizards

First off, I’m sorry that the posts this week have been shorter than usual. I’ve been very, very busy but everything will be back to normal tomorrow. Now back to business…

The Wizards continue to sit on their hands and wait for the free agency madness to calm down.  In the meantime, various teams are getting better and better, and they’re doing so quickly.

In Washington’s own division, the Heat are now a major obstacle with the addition of Chris Bosh. For the last few years, Miami was barely better than a .500 team. That’s no longer the case. They still have work to do, but with two superstars in place, it’s hard to imagine that the Wizards will be able to knock off D-Wade and company anytime soon. And by anytime soon I mean for the next four or five years.

Other teams in the Eastern Conference improved too. While it’s not really a hot topic right now for Washington fans, more people should be concerned about the future opponents this team will have to battle against. No one has considered how tough the road will be for the Wizards once they’re competitive again.

The Knicks picked up Amare Stoudemire and could acquire more pieces this offseason. And according to Amare,  both Carmelo Anthony and Tony Parker are interested in playing for the Knickerbockers.

The Bulls grabbed Carlos Boozer, giving them a legitimate second scorer to go with Derrick Rose. They’re also still in the LeBron James hunt. If they landed James, no team in the East would be able to compare to them for the next five-seven years.

The Nets haven’t added anyone yet, but they still have tons of cap room and could strike at any moment. They’re going to be a much improved team at a quicker rate than we will.

And the list goes on and on. For the short term, Atlanta is much better than the Wizards since they decided to keep Joe Johnson around. By the time Washington is a playoff team, however, I’d expect the Hawks to freefall towards the bottom of the division with an aging “superstar” at the helm.

The Bucks have been making moves too. They’re a team with a unique strategy, something I’m going to touch on tomorrow. They’ve taken on Corey Maggette, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and John Salmons in exchange for few assets, and they also have an improving Brandon Jennings and a hopefully healthy Andrew Bogut. Milwaukee could be a legitimate Eastern Conference threat in the near future.

So while I applaud Washington’s new patient strategy, it’s important to remember that while the Wizards sit around, other teams are improving for the long term. Not all of these free agent splashes are to temporarily appease fans. If Washington isn’t careful, it may take far longer to return to the postseason than the Wizards are anticipating.

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