None of this is new — we covered this ground when we had J. Michael of CSNMidAtlantic.com on NBC’s PBT Podcast — but it is worth mentioning again:
The Wizards plan to keep Bradley Beal this summer regardless of the cost, but they don’t plan to keep Randy Wittman as coach.
J. Michael was on SiriusXM NBA Radio Saturday and talked about the future of the 30-31 Wizards, who remain a game out of the playoffs in the East.
The concern with Beal isn’t production — he’s averaging 18 points a game, is shooting 38.1 percent from three, and he pairs well with John Wall — rather it’s health. He has had a stress reaction in his leg three years in a row and is now on a serious minutes limit (he comes off the bench) to forestall that happening again.
But in a summer where 20 teams will have max salary slots, someone is going to come in over the top with Beal and try to poach him. If an average NBA starter will make $12 million a year in the new financial world order, is Beal worth $15 million? More? The Wizards are going to say they will match — and they very well may — to drive off potential bidders for Beal.
Wittman may have saved his job when the Wizards went small with Paul Pierce at the four and played well in the playoffs last season. However, that’s not his preferred style and as the Wizards tried to adjust to that this season the results have been inconsistent, at best. Injuries certainly have played a big part in that, but this is not in Wittman’s wheelhouse, and after a rough season, it’s unlikely he returns.
It’s going to be an interesting summer in our nation’s capital.