With Nene in the fold, Wizards one step close to winning
Is there hope in Wizard land yet? It seems there very well could be. Whilst one win doesn’t show the way to the future, its one win that Wizard fans are more than willing to accept. With the dumping of, let’s be blunt, idiots in JaVale McGee and Nick Young, and getting a rock in the middle and a veteran leader in Nene, the Wizards have done the right thing for their franchise. While McGee and Young could very well get onto the highlight reel, they were far from consistent and rarely seemed to care more about the team then themselves. Nene offers the Wizards an anchor, and a leader to take some of that burden off the team’s future in John Wall. That presence in the middle is not something to be understated, which was shown in his first game today, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 in his debut. Wall and especially young shooting guard Jordan Crawford flourished, scoring 12 points, 8 assists and 23 points respectively. The only issue here is the huge amount of money that the Wizards have tied up between an injured Rashard Lewis and Nene. Whilst these contracts won’t feel so bad if the Wizards start winning, if they have another couple of seasons like the last two, and John Wall is out of contract, one hopes that they can offer enough money to their young star. Because it is around him that their future revolves, and while it still is a while off, they don’t want to be losing him to free agency in the same manner that the likes of Vince Carter left Toronto, leaving the franchise broken. Of course the Raptors got lucky, getting another chance with Chris Bosh, but they were lucky. Players of high calibre like Wall don’t come around all too often, and as such, the Wizards need to do all they can to keep him.