For the first time in years, the Wizards have finally managed to establish some form of continuity for their franchise this off-season.
Unlike some teams in the latter stages of their respective rebuilds, the Wizards didn’t try to acquire any big name free-agents, but opted to go the same route as they did last season. In just a matter of a few days, Ernie Grunfeld and the rest of Washington’s brass brought back Martell Webster, who was reportedly their first priority this off-season, Garrett Temple, and acquired Eric Maynor as their new backup point guard for next season.
With Glen Rice Jr. presumably on the roster next season, Washington will have 14 of their 15 roster slots filled with familiar faces. The Wizards used both their mid-level exception and bi-annual exception to re-sign Webster and acquire Maynor, which doesn’t leave them with much room for more acquisitions. Antawn Jamison was supposedly interested in returning to the nation’s capital, but if Washington decides to leave one roster spot open like they usually do, I wouldn’t expect them to make any more moves this off-season.
With that said, it looks like the Wizards roster might be set for next season. Barring any surprising trades, Washington will likely move on with their current roster. To some this might sound upsetting, since Washington seems content with the players they already have, but to others it’s certainly a positive step towards a greater goal.
As Wizards fans, we’re not used to the same cast of characters every season. In fact, it almost feels like Washington shuffles their deck of cards every year, making it virtually impossible for the team to establish stability.
Even though Washington’s improvement may seem miniscule, especially from a roster standpoint, it’s definitely not when looking at the broad spectrum. The vast majority of the players which were on Washington’s roster last season, will be suiting up for the Wizards once again next season. That doesn’t necessarily mean Washington won’t be looking to improve their team from now on, but I wouldn’t be surprised if this is the same roster we’ll see at training camp in a few months. I honestly can’t remember a time when Washington’s players that have entered free-agency, wanted to come back with the Wizards. Even though Martell Webster and Garrett Temple are merely role players, it’s nice to have players actually want to return to the organization. Continuity is the key to success and the Wizards are on the right path.
Washington finally has some stability in the locker room. For the Wizards, that’s essentially the first step towards their future success. They seem pretty confident that this team has the ability to make the playoffs next season, and if their core group can remain healthy, I certainly wouldn’t doubt it.