Moore: John Wall, Bradley Beal and the Wizards’ Ouroboros Problem
Photo credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Bradley Beal and John Wall
- Long thought an up-and-coming team with John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Washington Wizards are now stuck in mediocrity and cap space hell.
- Matt Moore (@HPBasketball) discusses what went wrong and what they can do to fix it.
The Wizards’ cap sheet is eating itself.
Washington lost Tomas Satoransky, Bobby Portis, Jeff Green and Trevor Ariza in free agency, and its cap sheet is still at $115 million. The Wizards have five players on guaranteed salary for 2020-21 at — let me just check Early Bird Rights here — oh, that’s right, $96 million with only an estimated $20 million in cap space.
Things alleviate after that with only $67 million on the books in 2021-22, but $44 million of that is tied up in John Wall.
Let’s talk about Wall for a second.