Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards. 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: Daequan Cook, SG, Chicago Bulls
Vitals: 6-foot-5, 210 lbs. Turned 26 in April
Stats: Winner of the 2009 NBA All-Star 3-point shooting contest, Cook shot a dismal 24.6 percent (15 of 61) from beyond the arc in 33 games with the Bulls. The career 35.9 percent shooter from distance did slightly better than that in 16 games with the Rockets (36.7), but Houston released Cook right after New Year's Day. For his career, the 21st overall selection in the 2007 NBA Draft averages 6.4 points.
Playoff Matchup: No. 5 seed in the East, the Bulls open their second-round series with top-seeded Heat Monday night in Miami.
The fit: The wing guard position behind Bradley Beal is there for the taking. Adding Cook would give the Wizards another 3-point threat off the bench. Actually, that's essentially only what he would bring seeing as more than half of his shots come from long range, though he's also go the requisite size to defend big guards. Not much a factor during the Bulls' first-round series, the former Ohio State product showed the ability to produce when called upon as he drained a clutch 3-pointer in the Game 7 win at Brooklyn. Cook averaged at least 14 minutes in each of his five campaigns before this season. Not every signing can be viewed with a pure upside angle. Back benchers should be guys who can do specific jobs and Cook would fill the long range shooting opening.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Seeing as he was just waived during this season and couldn't crack the Bulls rotation even when injuries struck the roster, Cook won't cost much. Considering the Wizards have limited salary cap space, that's a good thing. Seeing as Beal missed 26 games with assorted wrist and ankle injuries, the Wizards might seek a backup capable of starting for stretches if needed rather than add a pure role player. If it's the former path, Cook is not the guy, though he started 22 games for Thunder during the 2011-12 season. If it all about the role play - and management believes some combination of A.J. Price and Trevor Ariza can adequately serve as the third guard -, then Cook is someone worth targeting.
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