The Washington Wizards are off to the franchise‘s second 5-1 start in the last 30 seasons.
Shrewd front office moves have set them up for success.
When the Wizards traded John Wall to the Rockets for Russell Westbrook last October it was thought that RW would be in D.C for awhile.
The hiring of Unseld Jr. also brought in a change in philosophy where he demands playing both ends of the floor and more than one guy constantly having the basketball in his hands. These are two philosophies that don’t sit well with Westbrook.
Westbrook Wanted Out
Although the idea of moving Russ to the Lakers didn’t really sit well with Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, Westbrook wasn’t a good fit long term.
With his departure, the Wizards got three really good players in return. A package of Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was too much to pass up while also alleviating themselves of RW’s big contract.
Team Owner Wasn’t Happy About Timing
Leonsis let his feelings be known a few days after the trade was completed, as he was preoccupied with getting his hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin re-signed while the Westbrook deal was being completed.
Team Looks Much Better Under Unseld Jr
With the Wizards currently sitting at 5-1 and playing some really good basketball, it looks like the move has benefitted the Wizards.
Unloading Westbrook also opened up money to bring in reserves Spencer Dinwiddie and Aaron Holiday.
For the first time in years, the Wizards now have a complete complement of pieces as far as starters and reserves go.
Read more at The Shadow League to see how this new team can impact Bradley Beal’s game.