Just how patient is the organization really?
Since taking over, GM Tommy Sheppard has said all the right things, prioritizing development over the end result. But the rope is only so long. Talk is great; results are better. Ted Leonsis has always put a premium on the playoffs, even if it means chasing the eight-seed. Scott Brooks is in the final year of his coaching contract and could be on the hot seat if the reloaded Wizards don’t start winning. Meanwhile, rival teams will keep a close eye on the looming Bradley Beal situation. If the Wizards keep losing, how long until he wants out of Washington?
If the Wizards start slow out of the gate, does the team stay the course and continue to trot out the young guys? Or do Brooks and the front office make a trade for more immediate help? Brooks has never been fully on board with the long game, as Kelly Oubre and Troy Brown can attest to. I could also see him riding Beal and Westbrook hard in terms of minute totals. He has a history of being pretty reckless in that regard.