Now that the trade deadline has passed and John Wall has been ruled out, what should the Washington Wizards goal be for the rest of the season?
Honestly, there is not much to look forward the rest of this season for the Washington Wizards. This team is nowhere near a threat to make an impact in the playoffs, John Wall has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and now the trade deadline has passed.
Yes, the Wizards did make a few value trades, acquiring Shabazz Napier and Jerome Robinson, and this does give Wizards fans some excitement for the next couple of games watching how these two new players fit in. And they’ve been winning, inexplicably, even against good teams.
There’s also the upcoming buyout market, where the Wizards could land a promising young talent or a veteran locker room guy, though that seems unlikely. The Wizards’ current roster sits at 15 players and if they guarantee Garrison Matthews, that will put them at 16 with little incentive to fill the 17th and final roster spot.
So we, the Washington Wizards team and front office, the fans, the whole DC area in fact, are stuck in some kind of NBA basketball limbo. While we’re only 3 games off the 8th seed in the East, we stand absolutely no chance in the playoffs without John Wall, and he’s certainly not coming back this year if all the reports are to be believed.
So, what do the Washington Wizards look forward to the rest of the season? Do they tank? Should they go hard for the playoffs?
The real question we should be asking is: What should the Wizards count as a success during the second half of the season?
Here are potential scenarios for the end of the season, from an F grade all the way up to an A grade to finish out the Wizards’ 2019-20 campaign.