Throughout the NBA playoffs we've been highlighting 2013 free agents playing in the postseason while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards (links to all previous profiles are below). Since we're starting to run out of options, it's time to ponder the entire class of players soon to be seeking a new contract.
Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. The Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection. However, whatever positives rookies might bring will not include NBA experience. That's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Anthony Tolliver, PF, Atlanta Hawks
Vitals: 6-foot-8, 240 lbs. Turns 28 in June
Stats: The five-year veteran played a variety of roles for the Hawks over 62 games, averaging 4.1 points, 2.5 rebounds, 15.5 minutes and 0.7 three-pointers per outing in his first campaign in Atlanta. Tolliver's best season campaign in 2010-11 with the Timberwolves when he knocked down 40.9 percent of his shots from beyond the arc, though he's accuracy plummeted to 29.9 percent over the subsequent two campaigns.
The fit: The Wizards are looking for veterans off the bench and ideally one that can make perimeter shots from the power forward position. Tolliver doesn't have tremendous size or quickness, but enough for serviceable duty at the power and small forward positions. Ideally he wouldn't take minutes away from Trevor Booker, Jan Vesely or Chris Singleton - though all three might not return - yet the former Creighton star is a stable option and one able to immediately help when called upon.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Known as a solid locker room presence, Tolliver made $916k with the Hawks last year. That's a number the Wizards can certainly afford and still leave them room for a more notable free agent addition. Re-signing Webster to an already crowded frontcourt could limit the interest, but the roster still lacks a consistent stretch-four. Rather than filling the roster with youngsters still searching for their NBA identity, taking on Tolliver would be a nod toward a playoff push. That's the direction Washington talks about heading in after closing strong last season. Nobody is confusing Tolliver with a true difference maker, but providing coach Randy Wittman with a reliable bench option in terms of energy - and hopefully as a perimeter shooter - to step in when called upon would be a nice change.
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