Wizards, Happy New Year. Now Trade Bradley Beal

John Wall’s season ending injury means the Washington Wizards are treading water. They are not good enough to get a  top seed in the playoffs but- and this is the problem- they are not bad enough to get a top-3 lottery pick.  They are stuck in this middle NBA earth with one asset in Bradley…

Why Are The Wizards Flailing? Follow the Money

Two decades ago, the architect of the Chicago Bulls famously said “organizations win championships”. GM Jerry Krause was routinely dismissed and mocked and his famous statement was unerasable. It followed him like a punishment. Most of the criticism went something like this. No you fool, organizations don’t win championships. Michael Jordan does. But here’s the…

Wall and Beal Are Not Elite

The annual GM survey is a rite of passage of the pre-season and carries with it a lot of weight. GM’s have a thankless job of moving the chess pieces around, building teams, and when necessary (Sixers, Suns), burning the house down. They have to reorganize on the fly when a superstar wants out. Because…

Otto Porter’s $24 Million Is A Pressure Cooker

Wizards New Faces: Mike Scott, Jodie Meeks, Tim Frazier, Donald Sloan, Carrick Felix Wizards 2016-17 Weaknesses:  30th: Center Points. 29th: Bench Points. 25th: Points in the Paint. 24th: Defensive Rebounding, Blocks, Field Goal Percentage Defense.  23rd: Frontcourt Points.  22nd:  Total Rebounding, Free Throw Attempts. 21st: Opponent Points.  20th: 3-Point Attempts, 3-Point Defense, Defensive Rating. Wizards 2016-17 Strengths:  2nd: Steals. 3rd: Field Goal Percentage, Non-Paint Points, Starters Points.  4th: Fast…

Less Is Not More for These 3 Free Agents

Who is not performing up to their contract level? Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah and Bradley Beal. Let’s take a look at the struggling with their game free agent summer class. Pau Gasol ($31 million/2 years): Pau Gasol has been playing basketball a very long time. The 3rd pick in the 2001 draft was traded on draft…

Bradley Beal, Dion Waiters and the Summer Money Grab

On July 1st, the craziest free agency period in the history of the NBA will begin.  From Kevin Durant’s potential change of teams, to the trajectory of several franchises improving their fortune, to players like Harrison Barnes getting a max contract they don’t deserve, the summer is going to be explosive. Add to that, the…

Bradley Beal and the Mo’ Money Threat

Bradley Beal will be a restricted free agent come July 1st and he believes what he offers by way of offense is worthy enough to garner the maximum amount allowed under the current CBA. Bradley Beal’s pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, up to 25% of the cap and perhaps $23 million,…