Last year, the Rockets and Warriors took low playoff seeds and turned themselves into the up and coming contenders in the league. Rather than rest on their laurels, both chased Dwight Howard. The Rockets got him and the Warriors "settled" for Iguodala.
The Wizards are looking at possibly an even better scenario with an opportunity to capture the 3rd seed after Indy and Miami. So why is there a push for fans to maintain the status quo rather than catapult to perennial contender? We need to let Gortat and Ariza walk for an upgrade. I think it's the scars of years of losing that have us scared to let our talent leave rather than upgrading.
We will have Wall, Beal, and Nene locked up with at least $16 million in cap space. We could actually create max cap space if we move Porter (like Houston did with Thomas Robinson) or Webster. In a summer where Lebron, Carmelo, and Bosh will likely opt out, we should make a run at all three. We have to make it known to the league that we are serious about winning. If we build the buzz that we're going to chase a max FA to put with our dynamic youngsters, I think we have a high chance of getting one.
Talent wins in the NBA and getting the greatest individual players we can should be the priority. When your core talent level improves the cost of your role players/depth decreases because vets want to play for a winner. Likewise, playing for a quality coach increases your attractiveness. I see Randy like Ariza and Gortat. I love what they've done for us, but we should upgrade from status quo. Go get a coach like George Karl to attract a max FA. That is how the Wizards can raise themselves up to an upper echelon organization and fans can start to let go of the fear of returning to a cellar dweller.
Dont miss the best opportunity we've had in 40 years. Take the jump and don't settle for more of the same.