Washington Wizards: Grading their offseason moves

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The Washington Wizards had a challenging season in 2020-21. They were one of the teams hit hardest by the health and safety protocols enacted by the NBA due to COVID-19. However, they were able to bounce back from all of that to make the playoffs.

They were eliminated by the dominant Philadelphia 76ers. This was not before the heart and passion of the team shone through and they took a game from the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. This showed that there is a lot to like about this Wizards team moving forward.

There have been rumors floating around during the offseason that Bradley Beal, the team’s star, was looking for a trade. He came out and denied these, once again proving his loyalty to the team through the good times and the bad times.

The Washington Wizards have had another busy offseason where their roster received a major overhaul. Here we grade each move.

The Wizards roster has had a major overhaul this offseason. Obviously, Beal is still the centerpiece but there have been so many moving parts from the draft, to trades, to free-agent signings that the team that hits the floor next season will be very different from the one who lost in the playoffs in 2020-21.

The Wizards still have a very young core who is going to grow each year they are in the NBA. Rui Hachimura is about to enter his third season, as is Daniel Gafford. Deni Avdija and Anthony Gill are about to enter their second season. Given that the Wizards have moved on from all their players with ten or more seasons in the league, the youthful push is on for the team.

Now, let’s look at each of the moves the Wizards have made this free agency.