The Wizards are set to open training camp on September 28 with the 2013-14 season tipping off a month later. Over the next few days, J. Michael and Ben Standig will examine several notable topics heading into camp, starting with...
Countdown to tip-off question 1: Do the Wizards needs to make a move before the start of the regular season?
J Michael: No. What's the rush? The trade deadline is five months away.
President Ernie Grunfeld wisely waited and didn't jump to re-acquire Antawn Jamison for the 15th and final player under contract for the regular season. Al Harrington became available after the Magic released him and the Wizards found the stretch power forward they so coveted.
The most successful franchises don't respond to popular opinion or make knee-jerk responses to make personnel decisions.
Unless there's an offer that's too good to pass up on the table, the Wizards are wise to wait until training camp and preseason play tip off. They won't know what they have -- and which pieces fit and which ones don't -- until they're able to see them in actual game situations.
Plus, Okafor's herniated disk could clear up sooner than later. It doesn't require surgery and it all depends on how his neck responds to therapy.
The season begins Oct. 30.
Ben Standig: Do they, no. After signing Eric Maynor and Al Harrington, after drafting Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr., after retaining Martell Webster and Garrett Temple, after Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza decided to stick around, the Wizards are for the first time in a few seasons dealing from a position of roster strength.
Should they make a move? All depends on the scenario. As a fantasy football player, nothing drives me crazier than engaging another owner in trade talks and said owners response is, "nah, I'm good." Nobody is ever good, as in perfect, so contemplate away. Ernie Grunfeld has and surely is doing just that.
Will they make a move? Now it gets interesting. If Okafor's injury proves serious enough that the big man will miss regular season games, then contemplation takes an aggressive turn seeing as Washington lacks an obvious replacement.
Over the weekend, I wrote about the curious news that veteran swingman Josh Childress would be part of the training camp roster, a report since confirmed by CSNwashington. The curious part stems from the Wizards being loaded at small forward and wing guard, not to mention there are no open roster slots thanks to 15 guaranteed contracts. Perhaps Childress just needs a showcase and there could be minutes available with Okafor and Chris Singleton (foot) sidelined. Perhaps the Wizards are prepping for what's to come.
Breaking up the high-energy/low scoring forward trio of Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely and Singleton makes sense (though Singleton's injury adds a hurdle). Trevor Ariza's expiring contract and defensive skills make him an attractive piece, but one that could have more value around the mid-season trading deadline.