The Saunders-Blatche dynamic is a reflection of Grunfeld’s Red Holzman-inspired belief in developing players, one of the three D’s of building a team. The others are making a sweet deal or draft pick.
Grunfeld is not inclined to say whether he will part with any of the 13 players under contract, although it is clear the Wizards have bodies to spare in the backcourt.
That would be Mike James, DeShawn Stevenson or even Nick Young if the right offer materializes. Grunfeld is always willing to listen to the latest breathless pitch. He counted four inquiries from general managers awaiting his return call by mid-morning Thursday.
Not that he feels a sense of urgency to cut another deal, not after landing Foye and Miller for what amounted to almost nothing.
The scouting report on them emphasizes their 3-point shooting, but neither is glued to the 3-point line. Each has the capacity to create off the dribble, a valuable quality in an increasingly finesse-oriented NBA.
“I like where we are,” Grunfeld said.
That is what a new coaching staff, two additional shooters and good health can do for a team.