Coldly visualize last season’s 29-53 record. In the context of a fifth straight year without a postseason appearance, we’re talking demolition time. Yet others – most notably, the team’s ownership – warmed to the clear improvement over the second half of last season after ingloriously bottoming out early on.
Washington kept its primary core of players and inked some – including point guard John Wall – to lucrative deals. Coach Randy Wittman and president Ernie Grunfeld also are back, though both enter the final year of their respective contracts.