I would like to start this post of by saying that I have been a die hard Wizard fan since I was 8, my earliest memoires off seeing Michael Jordan himself playing in D.C. from the stretches of Kwame Brown bust's to Agent Zero's game winners, to eventually a devastating knee injury, and eventually an embarrassing gun scandal. I've watched the up's and downs (mostly downs) of this franchise, and never in all my life have I felt this optimistic about my beloved team.
I would say a good majority of serious Wizard fans would instantly tell you they are not a Ernie Grunfeld fan. I too have never been drinking the Grunfeld Kool-Aid, BUT I am very happy in what Grunfeld has been assembling through this rebuilding process, This offseason in particular has really made me feel like we actually have a competent GM.
The Draft Was a HUGE success, I was thrilled when Ernie stuck with his guns and Picked Otto Porter over Nerlens Noel. Otto Porter is a player who will be a key player on a playoff team for hopefully years to come. His unselfish style meshes almost too complementary to his unselfish young core piece teammates, John Wall and Bradley Beal. I have never been so excited for a summer league until this year, one of those reasons would be because the Wizards selected the biggest sleeper in this draft in Glenn Rice Jr. I'll admit it, I did not know much about Rice jr. when the trade was made, but after the scouting reports ive read and watched, and his performance in the D league playoffs, It's hard to realize that he actually fell to the second round, and Grunfeld did his research and picked the guy. Yea, he had behavior problems in college, but he appears to be at least more mature. Once he's around a winning environment everything will fall in place. He's got the athleticism and shooting ability that will translate in the scoring category instantly off the bench for the Wizards.
Yesterday we signed Martell Webster to a 4 year 22 million dollar contract with the last year a partial guarantee. I love this move a lot considering Martell is only 26. He's an elite shooter perfect for the corner spot up three's dished from Wall. He's a perfect rotation guy who gives you solid defense, and efficient offense. Hopefully he stays healthy, only time will tell, but I love the move.
It appears the last piece of the offseason puzzle was in place today as Garret Temple signed a one year deal for under a million. This too is an excellent move because Temple is a player who gives you very good defense at the 2 guard off the bench, If something unexpected happens, say Glenn Rice jr. decides to play terrible defense and falls in Wittmans doghouse, then you have a reliable defensive guard who can give Beal some rest. Next year should be a very exciting one. Don't be surprised to be seeing a lot of fans all of a sudden hoping on the Washington Wizards bandwagon. YEA I just said that.