Washington Wizards are in Need of Rebuild, Not Just Retool

December 17th, 2009 by Matthew Brown Leave a reply »
The Washington Wizards are off to a mediocre start to the 2009-2010 NBA season. The team is 7-16 to start the season and has been involved in an NBA-record eight straight games decided by four points or less.

They have won just two of those eight games and are riding a six-game losing streak in the midst of a West Coast road trip.

The Wizards' problems stretch far beyond this season alone. Last season they matched a franchise-low for wins and have thus far failed to make any significant adjustments.

This team, flat out, cannot win in the long run.

Washington has eight players signed for the 2010-2011 season and only three signed beyond next year. The Wizards aren't any different from the rest of the league, but the three players they have invested the most money in have already failed to take the team beyond the first round of the playoffs.

Gilbert Arenas signed a gigantic six-year, $111-million deal at the end of the 2007-2008 season, even though he had only appeared in 13 games during that season.

A year of the contract was wasted last season, as Arenas appeared in just two games stemming from ...

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