Until they re-sign Trevor Ariza, the Wizards are monitoring the rest of the viable free agents at the wing positions. Factoring in Martell Webster's back surgery plus the inexperienced duo of Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr., Washington should consider adding depth in this area. Should Ariza sign elsewhere, they'll have no choice.
Free agent: SF Marvin Williams, Utah Jazz. Unrestricted.
2013-14 salary: $7.5 million
Vitals: 6'9", 230 pounds. 28 years old.
Career averages: 10.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 44.7% FG, 33.5% 3FG. Last season:9.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 43.9% FG, 35.9% FT.
The fit: This profile falls under the heading of Plan B should Ariza leave. Perhaps the most interesting part of Williams' nine-year career remains the fact that he was the second pick in the 2005 draft, directly ahead of Deron Williams and Chris Paul - and four spots before Webster. Yes, it's been a rather underwhelming ride considering the expectations, but it's not all bad. Williams can play both small and power forward. With his 3-point touch, he would also be a stretch-4 candidate.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Several teams are reportedly interested in Williams, but everyone is waiting for LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony to make clear their intentions. Hs contract wouldn't cost nearly as much as Ariza's projected next deal and shouldn't be a salary cap hindrance for the future. We should also note Williams is still in his basketball prime, yet shouldn't be a hindrance to getting Porter on the court. We should also remember the underwhelming past and temper any hopes and dreams. Still, a Williams, Porter and Webster combination would give Wizards head coach Randy Wittman options. With its pieces at the other four positions, Washington could make such a mix work if needed.
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