Looks like last week was just bad for Wizards and Mystics fans. Yesterday, the Mystics lost to the Connecticut Sun in their season debut which is bad enough. But here’s what went down for the Wizards as well.
Looks like the Wizards will take time with their President of Basketball Operations Search
Tim Connelly won’t be the Wizards’ new President of Basketball Operations, even considering the fact that the team offered him the job about a week ago. You would think they would extend an offer to Troy Weaver, Danny Ferry or Tommy Sheppard, but that also hasn’t happened.
Are there new names in the pool? Perhaps. Washington was apparently interested in Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey, but he signed an extension to stay in Denver, according to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington.
Masai Ujiri of the Raptors was also reportedly interested per Standig’s report. But Ujiri hasn’t interviewed with the Wizards. After all, Toronto’s now in the NBA Finals, It will be interesting to see if Washington makes a run at him after the season ends, but I wouldn’t hold my hopes up on it.
Bradley Beal was snubbed from the All-NBA team. Oddly enough, that’s good short term news for the Wizards.
The Wizards guard was not named to any All-NBA team for the 2018-19 season. The good news about this for the Wizards is that they won’t have to decide whether to offer him a supermax extension when his current contract ends in 2021. It also gives them more future cap flexibility, which makes him a more tradeable player if and when that time comes.
I think we can agree that Beal is now the Wizards’ best player. However, given the Wizards’ cap issues, it will be hard to construct a consistent playoff contender around him. The next President of Basketball Operations will get some more time deciding if and when Beal should be traded to another team for future assets.
Tomas Satoransky’s one-time shooting coach was almost on the Wizards
Yanir Rubenstein wrote about Stefan Weissenboeck, his personal shooting coach in the past. Satoransky credits the German for helping him improve his craft. Though the Wizards were interested in Weissenboeck in 2018, they ultimately lost him to the Brooklyn Nets who made a surprise first round playoff appearance in 2019 while Washington stayed home.
Seems like the Wizards just can’t have nice things.
That’s all I have for this past week which was quite depressing. Hopefully next week will be better. Enjoy the rest of your Memorial Day Weekends everyone.