Leonsis pointed out the team's three max-contract players, John Wall, Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter, and said they would not be dealt.
"I’m happy if we meet our goals," Leonsis said. "If we don’t meet our goals, we have to sit down and take stock on what do we have to improve during the offseason.”
The Wizards goals this season, Leonsis said, are to make the playoffs.
"My expectations are that we are going to make the playoffs and improve on last year," he said. "Once you make the playoffs anything can happen."
The Wiz are currently 9th in the Eastern Conference, one place out of the playoffs.
“I was asked point blank, ‘Are you going to tank?’” Leonsis said. “That’s an offensive question. You can’t go to your organization, to your players, to your coach and say, ‘Let’s plan to lose.’ Tanking is also illegal, you get a big fine if you tank."
“You can’t fall back to woe is me. You have to go to the players, the coach, the staff, and say, ‘Do we have enough to make the playoffs?’ And to a person, I was told, ‘Yes we do,’” he said, echoing his earlier comments.
“In pro sports, every job is at risk every year. You really do use an offseason to take stock of what you do," Leonsis said. "But you do that by talking to the players, by talking to the agents, by talking to people within the organization, people at the league office. It’s not something that you make light of."
Fifty-one games down, 31 to go in the 2018-19 season.