"What we wanted to do, what we wanted to accomplish is we wanted to stay competitive,” Grunfeld said.
"He's terrible at this," Rouhier said.
Grunfeld defended the moves, saying they gave Washington more financial flexibility and prospects.
Many criticized the moves because they prioritized cutting salary above roster building for the future. This is supported by Buckner reporting the Wizards did not pursue a deal for Porter which would net a first-round pick if it would force them to take back an equal amount of salary.
Rouhier said fans should look at this strategy as a betrayal.
"The concern, and this is where Wizards fans should be really excited, was so that the Wizards this calendar year could be under the luxury tax," Rouhier said. "Raise the banner! Right? Get that up in the arena! Big night! Huge night! If you're in section 106, guess what? Your team is under the luxury tax. Get your season tickets now! Get excited, baby!"
"(Grunfeld) is literally walking around proud of the fact they got under the luxury tax," Rouhier said.
“We think that they bring something to the table,” Grunfeld said. “One of the other things we wanted to do is we wanted to remain competitive and they help us remain competitive. They’ve both been terrific professionals. They’ve produced on the floor. And they’ve provided really good leadership for our younger guys. We think they have a lot of value.”
A week before the trade deadline, Leonsis reiterated his anti-tanking stance and said the goal was to make the playoffs.
Leonsis' comments came two days after Wall suffered the Achilles injury in a fall at his home and it is not known if Leonsis knew the extent of Wall's injury at the time he made those comments.
Grunfeld explained the Wizards' change in thinking as one done in consultation with Leonsis.
“You discuss it, and you say, ‘OK, some things in this league you can’t control, and injuries are one of them,’” he said. “And when they happen, you have to discuss it, sit down and have a discussion about it and figure out what the best course of action is for the team for the remainder of this year — but also looking into the future, what helps us the most?”
Rouhier isn't sold.
"How is the team better than they were 10 minutes ago? 20 minutes ago? Two years ago?" he said. "They're worse in every facet."
"Anybody that is still in that building that thinks, 'We're on the right track.' You're a crazy person. You're a crazy person if you think this is the right way to do it," Rouhier said.
“We have no intention of trading Bradley,” Grunfeld said. “We really like his development and the way his game has improved over these years: his character, his work ethic. And we wanna have him as part of our group moving forward for a long time.”
But right now, Rouhier says poor management has made the Wizards not worthy of supporting.
"They are not worth your time," Rouhier said. "They are not worth your time. If you love basketball find another television program to watch."