5 things we learned at Grunfeld's presser

5 things we learned at Grunfeld's presser
December 2, 2011, 2:24 am
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1.) Plan is to bring back Young:

It at least appears that the Wizards would like to bring back Nick Young. Wednesday was the first day that teams were allowed to reach out to free agents and Grunfeld said that he reached out to the representation for not only Young but also Josh Howard and Maurice Evans. Grunfeld also mentioned young several times when talking about his vision of what to look for from the Wizards this season.

2.) New CBA wont change the rebuilding plans:

Grunfeld mentioned that the plan for the Wizards remains the same. Give the young players an opportunity to grow and field a team that plays hard every single night. The Wizards will have one of the youngest teams in the league and Grunfeld would like to add one or two veterans to provide some leadership.

3.) There are no plans to use the amnesty rule this season:

Rashard Lewis and his 2-years 32 million left on his contract come up each time amnesty the clause is mentioned. In somewhat of a surprising move Grunfeld stated that he doesnt plan to use the clause to his advantage.

Were going to study the whole thing but in all honesty we probably wont amnesty any players this year.

If Lewis remains on the roster he would likely be the answer at small forward until the Wizards find out what they have in rookies Jan Vesely and Chris Singleton.

4.) Dates for preseason games:

Wizards will play in two preseason games. Both will be against the Philadelphia 76ers. The games will be played on December 16th (in Washington) and 20th (in Philly).

5.) Backup point guard:

One of the Wizards biggest needs is a backup point guard for John Wall. Grunfeld thinks the Wizards are set in this area having drafted Shelvin Mack this past summer. Grunfeld also feels that Jordan Crawford can slide over and fill in at point guard too. Grunfeld also mentioned that the Wizards will look to invite a point guard to training camp and if that player shows something perhaps hell make the final roster.