Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal make up what is arguably one of the best backcourt duos in the entire league, but the rest of this Washington Wizards roster has a lot of work to be done. Overall, this year was a massive success for the Wizards given their early struggles, but Westbrook and Beal want to win, as does Washington’s front-office. They will certainly be among the NBA teams to watch in the offseason.
At the All-Star break this season, the Washington Wizards held one of the worst records in the entire league at 14-20 due to multiple injuries and players having to sit out weeks due to health and safety protocols. This however did not stop Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal from putting this team on their backs.
They were not about to just throw away their season, which is why the Wizards quickly turned things around after the All-Star break and were one of the hottest teams during the second-half of the season. Not only did Russell Westbrook break Oscar Robertson’s All-Time Triple-Doubles record, but Bradley Beal finished averaging over 30 points per game for the second consecutive year.
Success is on the horizon for the Wizards, as we saw flashes of what they could potentially turn into, but success is not going to come overnight. This offseason is going to be critical for the Washington Wizards not only because Bradley Beal is entering the final years of his contract, but because this is a franchise that has not had a winning season in three consecutive years now.
There were a lot of rumors ahead of the start of the season that Bradley Beal could be moved at some point and he was visibly frustrated early on in the season with the Wizards’ play, but all season long, the narrative from the Wizards’ front-office and Beal himself stayed the same in terms of him wanting to remain with Washington and be the leader of the team with Russell Westbrook.
This offseason, we will truly see whether or not this talk from the Wizards is actually true because Beal’s value is at an all-time high and almost every other team in the league would love to potentially add him to their roster. Not only is Beal’s future in question this offseason, but head coach Scott Brooks’ future is definitely up-in-the-air at this point.
Brooks just wrapped up his fifth season as the head coach of the Wizards and the 2020-21 season was the final year of his contract. There have been no talks about a possible contract-extension yet for Scott Brooks, which is why Washington could potentially look for a new head coach in the offseason.
Given his relationship with both Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal, it seems reasonable to believe that the Wizards would bring Scott Brooks back as head coach for another year or two to try and turn things around, but he has been on the hot seat for a while and it definitely would not a total surprise if they do look to bring in a fresh mind to be their next head coach.
From a possible coaching change to possibly making some big trades in the offseason, the Wizards and GM Tommy Sheppard are going to be busy this offseason, but the underlying question of “what is next,” still remains for a franchise that has not really been too special over the last decade or so.