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: Beno Udrih, PG, Orlando Magic
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 205 lbs. Turns 31 in July
Stats: Averaged 8.2 points and 4.6 assists over 66 games split between the Bucks and the Magic. Playing a larger role with the Magic, Udrih raised his averages to 10.2 and 6.1. Though a short sample size (27 games), his assist numbers would represent a career-high and the Slovenian native last averaged at least 10 points a season came in 2010-11. The career 35 percent 3-point shooter's accuracy has tailed off in recent seasons (shot 26.5 percent in Milwaukee), but in that Central Florida stretch he knocked down 39.6 of his attempts.
The fit: The Wizards are looking for a third guard behind John Wall and Bradley Beal (they also are in need of fourth and fifth guards). Udrih played both on and off the ball in Milwaukee, though his natural spot is at the point. Again, that role is currently unoccupied. If Washington believes the 3-point shooting turnaround that took place with the Magic was not a short-term spell, he would provide the roster with another court-spreading option. Assuming such things might be a stretch, especially if the Wizards don't see Udrih receiving consistent minutes.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Over his last five seasons, Udrih made between $5.5 and $7.2 million. No chance he's reaching those numbers this summer. The Wizards have their bi-annual exception ($2.016 million) available. Defensively Udrih is no prize so targeting him would come down to wanting a prototypical pass-first veteran point guard behind Wall. Washington looked at incoming rookie Isaiah Canaan during the NBA combine and could address their reserve guard need with one of their two second-round selections. Of course, both Price and Temple remain options to return.
NBA Free Agent profiles