Ernie Grunfeld Rumors
Goodwin, a 6-5 guard who orchestrated his release from the Phoenix Suns before the season when he was unhappy with his role, spent one season in Kentucky like John Wall and was a late first-round pick in 2013. The defensive effort has gotten better and with Ian Mahinmi back to help bolster the second unit, team president Ernie Grunfeld doesn’t seem likely to make a decision this early. Giving up on rookies such as Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu, all three on non-guarantees that are a minimal hit on the salary cap, to clear a roster spot wouldn’t make sense at this stage either.
Desperate for another shooter when Bradley Beal is out with an injury or to spread the floor with the second unit that lacks an outside threat, the Wizards could use the 43% three-point shooting of Ryan Anderson. Anderson, as CSNmidatlantic.com reported going into free agency July 1, was their top target after whiffing on Kevin Durant in free agency. The Houston Rockets, however, scooped him with $80 million over four years while the Wizards chased after Al Horford who became an 11th-hour option before he settled on the Boston Celtics. The Wizards went to Atlanta to recruit Horford. Anderson expected to be in a Wizards uniform, multiple league sources confirmed at the time. He’d even told John Wall via text that he believed that he was headed to D.C. But president Ernie Grunfeld never called back after an initial conversation in free agency and wasn’t willing to go that high to acquire his services.
“We had conversations but we want Otto here long-term,” Grunfeld told CSNmidatlantic.com on Wednesday, before the regular-season home opener with the Toronto Raptors. “We like Otto. We really like what he brings to the table. He’s a really good player that meshes well with John (Wall) and Brad (Beal) who like to have the ball in their hands. Otto cuts and spots up and he does a lot of little things. He makes a lot of winning plays that don’t show up in the boxscore. Our intention is in the offeseason is to have Otto signed and have him here long-term.”
“We like everything about him. Great character, very hard worker, very low key, does everythng behind the scenes,” Grunfeld said. “I talked to Otto and let him know that he’s very important to us and we expect him to continue to work hard, continue to improve and continue to contribute to what we’re tyring to do.”
“Bradley has proven himself as one of the top young shooting guards in the league, and we feel that he has the potential to rise to an elite level as he enters the prime of his career as one of the cornerstones of our team,” Grunfeld said. “He is an outstanding member of the community and a great example of the type of player and person we want to represent our franchise.”