NBA free-agent watch: D.J. Augustin

NBA free-agent watch: D.J. Augustin
June 12, 2014, 11:30 am
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Depth at guard has been an issue for the Wizards for the last two seasons, and they’ll have to make a decision on what to do with Andre Miller who can be bought out for almost half of the $4.6 million that he’s due for 2014-15. If that were to happen, it really would create a hole in the backcourt behind John Wall.

The Wizards can use some instant offense off the bench and need a career backup who is OK with staying in that role.

Free agent: PG D.J. Augustin. Unrestricted. 

2013-14 salary: $1.26 million ($650,000 from Chicago).

Vitals: 6-0, 183 pounds. 26 years old.

Career averages: 10.1 points, 4.0 assists, 40.4% FG, 37.7% 3FG. Last season: 13.1 points, 4.4 assists, 41.5% FG, 40.1% 3FG. 

The fit: In his first four NBA seasons, Augustin was a full-time starter for two of them. Since then, he has accepted the role as a backup with mixed success. He showed with the Chicago Bulls last season, after being cut by the Toronto Raptors, that if put in the right role he can flourish. Augustin was the Bulls' leading scorer and a matchup problem because he used his size to his advantage offensively. His three-point shot, a necessary component for a perimeter player in Washington, improved. The Bulls were able to cover for his defensive liabilities, and so should the Wizards given this is a top 10 defensive team two years in a row. 

Chances of becoming a Wizard: Extremely unlikely. Augustin has said he wants to remain in Chicago and Wall monopolizes the minutes here. That's something that Miller, 38, accepts. Given Augustin still is young, wants to be featured and paid significantly better than the veteran minimum, this environment might not work unless coach Randy Wittman were to commit to more small-ball lineups.