NBA Power Rankings: Lakers eyeing big move; Clippers are broken?

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29. Washington Wizards

If there was any confusion, I think the start of this season has pretty much confirmed that the Washington Wizards are very much in the early stages of what will likely be a long rebuild. The team’s best player at the moment, Kyle Kuzma, isn’t likely to be part of the team’s long-term future and there are still questions about Jordan Poole as well. He’s had some bright moments throughout the first few weeks of the season, but he’s been pretty inconsistent.

All the big questions that surround the Wizards are about how this team approaches the NBA Trade Deadline. Will they try to sell off Kuzma’s good start to the season? Will they try to flip Poole and completely bottom out heading into the offseason? The Wizards have a long road ahead of them.

But that shouldn’t be surprising. This was the story of the Wizards ever since they decided to trade Bradley Beal to the Phoenix Suns. Reality might be finally setting in for the Wizards.