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. And it wouldn't hurt to have someone who could be a quality starter in the event of injury.
Free agent: PG Greivis Vasquez, Toronto Raptors. Restricted.
2013-14 salary: $2.1 million.
Vitals: 6-6, 200 pounds. 27 years old.
Career averages: 9.1 points, 5.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 42.7% FG, 34.5% 3FG. Last season: 9.5 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 rebounds, 41.7% FG, 38.9% 3FG.
The fit: The beauty with Vasquez is he can play both backcourt positions and can run the pick-and-roll to perfection So even though Wall chews up most of the playing time at point guard, this is the ideal situation for a career reserve like Vasquez to get adequate playing time. He was a candidate for the league's most improved player in 2012-13 when he averaged 14 points and nine assists per game. Vasquez plays hard and has a confidence that would be welcomed.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Unlikely. The Raptors have a decision to make with starting PG Kyle Lowry who is unrestricted. If he goes, they're definitely keeping Vasquez who has said all the right things about wanting to remain in Toronto. He has played on four teams by being traded three times in his career. Vasquez, who was an All-American at the University of Maryland, wants to be a starter again. With Wall and Bradley Beal solidified in the backcourt, coming to Washington wouldn't make sense for him.
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