Amid speculations buzzing around, the Washington Wizards intend to move themselves forward by not breaking up their foundational core.
Per Ava Wallace of the Washington Post, the Wizards are not plotting a potential rebuild, with GM Tommy Sheppard believing that the team is very much talented despite the fact that it doesn’t reflect yet their current 22-26 record that was heavily influenced by injuries.
As added by Wallace, Washington is planning to re-sign Kyle Kuzma’s next free agency and has communicated with other teams that they are not cutting their ties with Kristaps Porzingis.
Kuzma still has a $13MM player option in his contract for next season, but all signs are pointing towards putting it down and testing the market for a new and much more lucrative deal. The same goes for Kristaps Porzingis, who got a $36 million player option this upcoming 2023-24.
The Wizards’ direction remains questionable given the seeming lack of competitive units they have while being locked to a hefty supermax deal with Bradley Beal. As such, their desire to still contend and cement their core pieces with them for years to come is the only option they can choose with their current situation.