‘It’s like you’re a bystander’: Wizards left watching as Celtics and 76ers grow stronger


The Philadelphia 76ers have trusted the process by building a young, potentially exciting core around Joel Embiid. (Matt Slocum/Associated Press)

Just before the start of the NBA playoffs, Ernie Grunfeld, the president of the Washington Wizards, fielded questions on the successful season that was. Still, Grunfeld couldn’t help but gaze toward the future.

“We still have a very young talented core that we can continue to build with and build around,” Grunfeld said in April. “And they haven’t reached their peak yet. We’ve put the pieces together and now they’ve shown solid, steady improvement and they’re going to continue to improve.”

The Wizards’ future looked bright several months ago, but now there’s vibrant glow growing along other parts of the East Coast that cannot be ignored.

On Monday, the Boston Celtics are expected to finalize a trade of the No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming draft to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for the No. 3 pick and other compensation. The deal crystallizes the Sixers’ young core which will include the anticipated top pick, University of Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, along with last year’s No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons and two finalists for this season’s rookie of the year award, rising center Joel Embiid and swingman Dario Saric. On their end, the asset-rich Celtics just

Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2017/06/18/its-like-youre-a-bystander-wizards-left-watching-as-celtics-and-76ers-grow-stronger/

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