Posted: Jul 23, 2012 12:39 PM
It seems like just yesterday John Wall was leading the Wildcats up and down the floor at Rupp Arena.
Believe it or not, with all of the player moves in Washington, Wall now counts as the longest tenured Washington Wizards player.
"We have changed up the team roster and make-up completely. We will enter season three of our ownership with an entirely new lineup from when we acquired the team. Our first rookie class - led by John Wall, who enters season three on his rookie contract - is now our most tenured player on the team," Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said. "That was a very fast makeover."
Washington struggled last season, finishing 20-46, the second worst record in the NBA. Leonsis says the housecleaning is the first step in the rebuilding process.
"We stated we would have to rebuild the team, and focus on change and now we can say we delivered in that regard. Rebuilding a team is messy. I am pleased we have had this huge amount of change in such a short period of time," he said. "Now it is time to settle in and work on continuity, teamwork and becoming competitive. Then it's on to becoming a playoff team by continuing to rebuild and invest - and then to becoming a destination, and competing for a ring."