The Wizards want versatility, especially among their big men. Nene can hit the mid-range jump shot and is an excellent interior passer. Drew Gooden, who is expected to re-sign, can stretch to the three-point line, play both low-post positions and run the floor extremely well at 6'10".
It gives coach Randy Wittman plenty of options when it comes to mixing and matching lineups. Depending on who returns and who walks in free agency, there could be huge gaps in the lineup. And there aren't many versatile bigs available.
Free agent: PF Boris Diaw, San Antonio Spurs. Unrestricted.
2013-14 salary: $4.7 million.
Vitals: 6'8", 250 pounds. 32 years old.
Career averages: 9.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 49.7% FG, 34.4% 3FG. Last season: 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 52.1% FG, 40.2% 3FG.
The fit: His stats aren't reflective of his impact. Diaw is a floor spacer who is a matchup problem for other bigs, and he can defend smaller players and create off the dribble -- a major area of weakness for the Wizards. He'd make it so much easier on John Wall and Andre Miller, who usually find the spot-up shooters for corners 3s. Imagine Diaw sharing the floor with Nene, possibly Marcin Gortat if he's retained, and Wall running the point? With Al Harrington possibly not coming back, there's a spot open.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Extremely unlikely. A lot of his future could depend on if the Spurs win another championship. Diaw is the kind of player who flourishes in motion offenses where the ball is shared equally. The Wizards are one of the few teams who play a style similar but at this stage of his career, Diaw probably wants job security (multiyear deal) and/or a legitimate chance to win championships right away.