Offseason Report Card: Wizards get three As, three Bs, C and D for summer moves

Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards high five (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
Bradley Beal and Kyle Kuzma of the Washington Wizards high five (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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Full offseason report card and overall grade

The Washington Wizards took a major step this summer and entered a rebuild. What does every move look like in aggregate? Did the execution hold up?

Hired Michael Winger

Grade: A

Traded Kristaps Porzingis

Grade: A-

Traded Bradley Beal

Grade: B+

Re-signed Kyle Kuzma

Grade: B

Traded for Jordan Poole

Grade: B-

Traded for, drafted Bilal Coulabily

Grade: C

Traded Monte Morris

Grade: D

Overall Grade

The most important thing that the Washington Wizards could do this offseason was look themselves in the mirror, acknowledge they weren’t going anywhere as a franchise, and begin the teardown. That’s happened, and it looks like they picked the right man for the job in Michael Winger.

The execution of the trades was up-and-down, but they moved on from Bradley Beal, Kristaps Porzingis, and Monte Morris. In the coming months, they’ll likely trade Delon Wright and, eventually, Kyle Kuzma. Their hands were somewhat tied this summer, but they didn’t do anything to hamper further sell-offs down the line.

If Jordan Poole bounces back, Bilal Coulabily develops and the Phoenix Suns drop off quickly in a few years, this offseason will look like a coup. Similarly, if they are bad enough to add a top pick in the next few drafts, this will be the starting point. The Wizards didn’t get the best value on every deal, and Coulabily is a real wild card, but this was a solid summer and the right first step. Now it’s up to Winger and company to see the rest through.

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Grade: B