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Washington Wizards make moves to gear up for next season

John Wall and Marcin Gortat
John Wall and Marcin Gortat
Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

The Washington Wizards got a small taste of victory last season after making the playoffs and sliding into the second round by beating the bulls in just 5 games. The Wizards have already made some productive moves this off season.

First, they signed future hall of famer Paul Pierce in the off season. Pierce played 15 years with the Boston Celtics and ranks number 2 on the team’s all-time scoring list. Last year, Pierce played for the Brooklyn Nets averaging a career low in points per game with 13.5.

Washington also signed Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband, Kris Humphries. Despite the highly publicized marriage and painful divorce with the queen of reality TV, Humphries has developed into as solid role player.

Otto Porter Jr. was a bust during his rookie year in the league due to multiple injuries. But during this year’s summer league, Porter seems to be back to his old self that got him drafted out of Georgetown.

Marcin Gortat is returning off of an all-star like performance in the 2014 playoffs with multiple 30 point nights. Last month, Gortat sign a 5 year deal worth 60 million dollars. He posted a picture to his twitter feed with the caption “Best day of my life.”

John Wall, coming off of an all-star season, recorded career highs in points averaged per game with 19.3 and assists per game with 8.8.

Bradley Beal ended his sophomore season averaging 17.1 points per game, 3 more points per game than his rookie year.

With Wall and Beal, one of the best backcourts in the league, the Wizards shouldn’t have a problem with claiming the third or fourth seed in the Eastern Conference next season.