Ted Leonsis jokes that he wants Washington to be good enough to be tampered with
The league has been clamping down on the issue of tampering within the NBA. It has been one of the hottest topics of late, and for his part, Washington Wizards managing partner Ted Leonsis chimed in on the discussion.
Leonsis shares the sentiment of most, if not all team executives within the league, who believe that tampering should be punished with the harshest of penalties. The 62-year-old then lightened the mood by making a joke at the expense of his own team.
On the topic of the league's harder stance on tampering, Leonsis said:
"If someone’s cheating, going on the side, I’d like there to be compliance (to the rules)…"
Then, added this kicker to huge laughter:
"At the same time, I'd like to be good enough to be tampered with.”
— Candace Buckner (@CandaceDBuckner) September 26, 2019
The Wizards are not exactly in the best of places right now, with the new season expected to be another forgettable one for a John Wall-less Washington side. Obviously, Leonsis is being very realistic here, and is making light of the rather unenviable situation his team is currently in at the moment.
Two-time All-Star guard Bradley Beal — who by the way has recently been making headlines as a potential trade target by a number of interested teams — is expected to have another monster year, but with the current supporting cast he has, it isn’t likely that the 26-year-old will be able to carry his team all the way to the playoffs in what has become an even more wide open Eastern Conference.
Wizards cornerstone superstar John Wall still continues to recover from a potentially career-changing Achilles injury, and is not expected to figure significantly for the team in the 2019-20 season. He will likely make his return at some point in the new campaign, but with not much to play for, we can expect Washington to take an extremely cautious approach with their prized star.