We are around five weeks away from the start of NBA training camps yet the list of available free agents is littered with interesting options and familiar names.
The Wizards still have one spot remaining on their 15-player roster. They can add a player now, during training camp, before the regular season tips or simply wait until a need or opportunity arises during the season. They will also bring in non-roster players for training camp.
At a basic level, Washington could use another point guard or perhaps a wing option depending on Martell Webster's recovery from back surgery.
Here's a sampling of the best of the rest, starting with the small forwards:
Small forwards: Michael Beasley, John Salmons, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ronnie Brewer, Francisco Garcia, Rashard Lewis, Chris Singleton, Rasual Butler
- Douglas-Roberts stands out as an interesting fit on paper for the Wizards. He has good size (6-foot-7), can play guard or forward and shot 39 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 49 games with Charlotte last season. There might not be enough minutes available to CDR's liking. Then again, we'll see when Webster returns from back surgery or if Glen Rice Jr. can turn his Summer League MVP performance into regular season success.
- Whether Singleton's days with the Wizards are done or not, the 2011 first round pick recently worked out for other teams. Even if Washington decides the roster needs another small forward, hard seeing how Singleton's game helps out unless his perimeter shot is now clicking.
- Beasley at the front of this is damning with faint praise. The local product has received interest from several teams this summer, but nobody has signed on yet. Beasley probably gets another NBA chance, but time might be running out on the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft.
- Rashard Lewis agreed to a one-year with the Mavericks this summer only to have Dallas withdraw the offer when it came out the veteran forward needed knee surgery. Still sounds like the two sides might get together on a contract. The Wizards already signed an experienced small option this offseason.