November 8, 2020, 2:30 pm
How’d We Get Here?
The Wizards went into the season knowing they’d be without John Wall, and despite Bradley Beal’s brilliance this was largely going to be a developmental season. By that measure it should be viewed as successful, with Washington uncovering a gem in Davis Bertans and some growth from Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown, Mo Wagner and Isaac Bonga, among others. Not to mention a solid start to Rui Hachimura’s career and the team adding another potential contributor in Jerome Robinson. Beal remains the only guy who’s locked-in as a foundational piece (trade rumors be damned) but the Wizards should feel alright about some of their younger guys approaching that tier in secondary roles.
Even with Wall back healthy, this was going to be Beal’s team. The Wizards kicked that potentially uncomfortable transition down the road — i.e., into the abyss — by trading Wall for Russell Westbrook, whose whole issue with Houston was not having the ball enough. That’s one way to go about things.
Arrivals: Russell Westbrook, Robin Lopez, Anthony Gill, Raul Neto
Rookie Arrivals: No. 9 Deni Avdija, No. 53 Cassius Winston
Departures: John Wall, Admiral Schofield, Jerian Grant, Jarrod Uthoff
Retained: Davis Bertans, Garrison Mathews (2W)
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