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Leonsis: Wizards want to keep Wall for ‘a long, long time’

Ted Leonsis was in Chicago on Wednesday night to watch the last game of an occasionally promising but ultimately disappointing Wizards season. And the owner sat down with Comcast SportsNet’s Steve Buckhantz and Phil Chenier for a fairly lengthy in-game interview.

The most interesting nugget likely came when he was asked by Chenier about what the team’s focus would be during the offseason.

“Well there’s lots of ways to improve the team: trades, free agency,” Leonsis said. “Obviously — unfortunately — we’ll have another high pick. And maybe we’ll get lucky and move up a couple of spaces so that we can pick 1, 2 or 3 again. We see Bradley Beal, he’s a real player, he was picked third. And you’re right, we’re gonna have a really really good backcourt with him and John.

“But free agency, I think, is a way that we can use to improve the team,” Leonsis continued. “And probably the key thing for us is to try and keep Martell [Webster], and see what we’re gonna do with John [Wall] to keep him with the team for a long, long time. I think that the fans would expect that, to try and keep the nucleus of the team together and then add around it.”

(Image via @AdamMcGinniss)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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