The Washington Wizards are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Wizards compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Southeast Division. The team plays its home game at the Capital One Arena, in the Chinatown neighborhood of Washington. The Wizards have appeared in four NBA Finals and won in 1978. They have had a total of 28 playoff appearances, won four conference titles.
Washington Wizards Team Salary
|Troy Brown Jr.||20||3,113,800|
Retiring from the Chicago Bulls in early 1999, Michael Jordan become the president of the Washington Wizard’s president in 2000. In September 2001, at the age of 38 Jordan came out of retirement and played for Washington. At the same year he got knee injury and Wizards concluded the season with a 37-45 record.
Jordan also announced next year that, he would continue his playing for 2002-03 season, and he acquired some reinforcements, as he traded for All-Star Jerry Stackhouse and Signed Budding Star Larry Hughes. This year Wizards also finished the season with 37-45 records and Michael Jordan was fired by owner Pollin for his poor choices for the team. Which was a pure shock to everyone and Jordan felt betrayed because of the incident.
In the 2017-18 season, the Wizards would play their next season in the newly named Capital One Arena, but still only finished with a 43-39 record and lost the First Round in 6 games to the top-seeded.
In the off-season, they picked up Thomas Bryant off waivers and Troy Brown in the draft with the 15th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Despite Bryant becoming a valuable asset and Bradley Beal had a career season, the season would end up being an underwhelming one full of turmoil and on-court troubles. The Wizards also went through injuries, including Dwight Howard playing 9 games before missing the rest of the season due to back problems and losing John Wall who underwent a season-ending surgery on his left Achillies which he injured while recovering from a previous injury while trading Kelly Oubre Jr, Otto Porter Jr., and Markieff Morris at the same time. As a result, the Wizards would miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 season.
In April 2019, the Wizards fired general manager Ernie Grunfeld, who had been with the team since 2003, with Tommy Sheppard taking over as interim general manager until being officially hired fulltime in July 2019. Alongside other front moves, the Wizards selected Japanese player Rui Hachimura with their 9th pick in the 2019 NBA Drafts, as well as acquiring the Philadelphia 76ers draft rights to 42nd pick Admiral Schofield in a trade.