Nene's minutes could be limited next season even if he's healthy.
"That's something we'll talk about," GM Ernie Grunfeld said when asked if the team would be cautious with the of-injured Nene. "It's something we'll talk about with our medical staff." It's yet another red flag for Nene's fantasy stock, and given the litany of injuries he's dealt with in his career, limiting his minutes even when he's healthy actually might keep him on the court for longer stretches of time.
GM Ernie Grunfeld said it's a "big summer" for Jan Vesely, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Chris Singleton.
This is the same sentiment expressed by Randy Wittman right around when the season ended, so we're not surprised to hear it again. "They all need to improve, they all need to work hard." It wouldn't surprise us to see the Wizards put all four on the trade block during the offseason as the team reshapes its roster.
GM Ernie Grunfeld confirmed that the Wizards would like to re-sign Martell Webster.
Webster has now earned the endorsement of John Wall, owner Ted Leonsis and Grunfeld, so we'd think the sharpshooter has plenty of leverage at the negotiating table considering he knows the Wizards want him back. After he shot 42.2 percent from behind the 3-point line this season, there will be no shortage of suitors for Webster.
GM Ernie Grunfeld praised and endorsed Randy Wittman as head coach of the Wizards.
"I think Randy did a very good job for us this season," he said. "We improved on the defensive end and that's one area we really wanted to work on, because we feel if we're going to be a solid team moving forward, you have to have a foundation and the foundation starts on the defensive end." It doesn't sound like anyone should be anticipating a coaching change right now.
The Wizards plan to begin contract extension discussions with John Wall on July 1, the first day the team is eligible to do so.
All signs continue to point to Washington maxing out Wall. "Obviously, we've said all along that we're building this team around John and with John. We want to have him here long term," said GM Ernie Grunfeld. We don't anticipate it taking much time to get something done if the Wizards come to the table offering max money.
John Wall sounds willing to accept less than a maximum salary contract extension depending on what happens with the Wizards in the offseason.
We don't really believe Wall will take less than the max. "You never know how it goes," he said. "The main thing with me is it's not all about me. I'm not a selfish type of person, type of player. All I want to do is win. If we're winning, I'm cool with anything." All signs point to the Wizards giving him a max extension in the offseason and building around their franchise player.
Emeka Okafor (ankle) will not play in the season finale vs. Chicago on Wednesday.
With Nene already out, it should be prime time for Kevin Seraphin to do his thing against Chicago in the final game of the year. Seraphin had 17 points, seven boards and a block in 26 minutes on Monday.