The Wizards' regular season is over, meaning it's now all about the offseason, including free agency. Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit in Washington. The Wizards currently do 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. Some under contract could be traded. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option and the Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. That's where other team's free agents come in, that's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: J.J. Redick, SG, Milwaukee Bucks
Vitals: 6-foot-4, 190 lbs. Turns 29 in June
Stats: Dealt to Milwaukee from Orlando before the trading deadline, Redick averaged 14.1 points and 3.8 assists in 78 games including 13 starts. One the NBA's premier perimeter shooters, Redick matched his career norm by sinking 39 percent of his 3-point attempts (117-300) with the Magic, but hit only 31.8 percent (48-151) in 28 games with the Bucks. His PER of 16.1 in 50 games with Orlando represents a career-high over a full season, along his 4.4 assists.
Playoff Matchup: No. 8 seed in the East, Milwaukee trails the Miami Heat 1-0. Game 2 is Tuesday night at Miami.
The fit: The Wizards are lacking a backup behind Bradley Beal and need scoring punch off the bench. Redick scores in bunches and can tally 20 points on any given night, but does so without Jordan Crawford type of volume shooting. With John Wall's court vision and Nene's deft feeds from the high post, Redick would receive a bevy of open looks. With Wall's length and if even a little of Beal's projected growth spurt kicks in this summer, the Wizards could use a 3-guard lineup for stretches and scare the hell out of opposing defenses. We'll ignore any issues on the other end of the court for now.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Minimal simply because Redick should receive a healthy multi-year contract from either the Bucks -- especially if Monta Ellis opts out of his current deal to become a free agent -- or another team seeking a major 3-point threat. If Washington is going to tie up long-term dollars into a player this summer, that player will be a frontcourt option. There is another reason why the former Dukie isn't coming to town: because of all the ex-Dukies or at least of those currently playing in the NBA, Redick is the most loathed of all. He knows this as well.
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