The Wizards expect to make the playoffs next season, and they all but guarantee if they stay healthy it’ll happen.
And the consensus opinion is that they need another experienced player, not rely on a rookie from the upcoming 2013 draft, to give them that last boost to qualify for the postseason for the first time since 2007-08.
“You have to be able … survive injuries and have guys that can be plugged in to keep you afloat if you have key pieces missing,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “That’s something we have to look at moving forward. Add depth to this team. We could use another veteran.”
Wall would like to have a power forward who can set screens and knock down the mid-range jump shot, similar to David West of the Indiana Pacers. He also would like to see a scoring shooting guard behind starter Bradley Beal.
“A pick-and-pop four wouldn't be bad,” Wall said. “A scorer off the bench at the two spot wouldn't be bad. … I just don’t think we had enough firepower to overcome some of those close games.
“I just think we need those two key pieces and everything else will fall in place. … I think we have enough young players. Management knows what’s best for us and the organization and then make the right decision.”
Wall, however, isn't going on a goodwill tour to convince free agents to come to Washington.
“I’m not a recruiter. … If they want to play with me they’ll come down,” he said. “I’m not going to go beg anybody. They see how I play and how my team plays.”