When the Washington Wizards entered the 2011 off-season, they had a chance to clear a lot of cap space and build a team around John Wall that could be contenders for an NBA Championship for years to come. Instead, Ernie Grunfeld took a huge chance that an athletic Jan Vesely would develop into a good player while playing with John Wall. In that draft, he passed on a player who is a key cog in the San Antonio Spurs recent playoff run and is perceived by many as the future for the San Antonio Spurs in Kawhi Leonard. He also traded Rashard Lewis and his huge salary for Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza and their remaining $43 million in salaries.
If Ernie had bought out Rashard Lewis for $10 million in 2011 like the Wizernet wanted him too, we could have had the money to add a sharp shooter like Danny Green for $5 million a year in the 2012 free agency period to play alongside Wall, Beal, (Leonard if we drafted him instead of Vesely) and Nene. Green would have been our SG/SF 6th man behind Beal and Leonard. Also if we had bought out Rashard in the 2011 off-season, we would now have the money to add a great athlete like Josh Smith to play PF and put Nene at center where he creates more mismatches on the offensive end.
Ernie Grunfeld should have just followed the wise, rebuilding plan for the Washington Wizards in the 2011 and 2012 off-seasons, and the franchise wouldn’t be currently talking about just getting back to the playoffs for the 2013-14 season. We will always wonder the mystical question “What If?”, and the thoughts of us already returning to the playoffs are quite vivid in all of Wizard’s fans minds.