Ex-Wizards roundup: Mack gets new deal, Blatche waits

Ex-Wizards roundup: Mack gets new deal, Blatche waits
July 26, 2014, 7:45 pm
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The Wizards have had a busy offseason, though things have been quiet of late. Therefore we take a look around the NBA, specifically with those that used to play in Chinatown.

  • Shelvin Mack has found a home in Atlanta. The third-year point guard reached an agreement on a three-year, $7.3 million contract to stay with the Hawks, according to Yahoo. The third year is a team option. Mack's third year in the NBA was easily the best of his career, which began with Washington after being selected in the second round of the 2011 draft.  The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 7.5 points and 3.7 assists in 73 games - including 11 starts - for the Hawks and played a key role in Atlanta's near first round playoff upset over Indiana. For now, Mack's role is that insurance policy seeing as the Hawks also have Jeff Teague and Dennis Schroder on the roster. While Teague is one of the game's up-and-coming point guards, Schroder, drafted 17th overall in 2013, remains a work in progress. Mack fills that gap, and then some. By the way, now that he's back with Atlanta, Mack is the only member of Washington's 2011 draft class currently on an NBA roster.
  • Pull up a recent list of the best remaining NBA free agents and a few names will look familiar. Take a look at the latest offering from CBSsports.com and three former Wizards crack the top 10: Emeka Okafor (5), Andray Blatche (6) and Jordan Crawford (10). Okafor is the mystery man of the group after missing all of last season with a neck injury. Also because I'm not sure there has actually been a report suggesting the soon-to-be 32-year-old center is physically able to play or wants to lace them up again. Okafor could certainly be a defensive presence. After years of playing on suspect teams, perhaps he'll sign for cheap with a contender. The Wizards could use another rim protector, but there is no more room at the inn with Kris Humprhies, DeJuan Blair, Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin set as backups.
  • As for Crawford, apparently he's found a commitment to the game. Now the volume-shooting guard who played for the Celtics and Warriors last seasons just needs an NBA team to believe him.

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