How do the Wizards draft picks fit in DC?
The Wizards certainly hope they have their long term answer at small forward in Otto Porter and perhaps boosted their bench scoring with Glen Rice Jr. Regardless, more roster building remains and free agency opens at 12 AM on Monday. Of course Washington's salary cap space is thinner than one of Nerlens Noel's legs, but there is the mid-level exception ($5.15 million) and the bi-annual exception ($2.016 million).
Obviously Martell Webster's situation tops the intrigue list, but there just might not be any room with Porter and Rice joining Trevor Ariza (Paul Hewitt, Rice's coach at Georgia Tech and now at George Mason, told CSN pre-draft he sees Rice as a 3-man in the NBA).
Even if Rice is considered a backcourt option, the Wizards only have three on the roster with John Wall the only point guard. Two more floor generals could and arguably should be part of next year's squad. Re-signing the rangy Garrett Temple and veteran A.J. Price would fill those openings, but Washington could also use an upgrade.
As for the bigs, those spots are currently jammed, but the Wizards can't return with the six players, especially since Jan Vesely, Trevor Booker and Chris Singleton all struggle offensively, right?
Throughout the NBA playoffs, we highlighted potential outside free agents that make positional and for the most part financial sense (in other words, no Dwight Howard, Josh Smith or Andre Igoudala). More profiles will follow, but here's what's on the shelves right now:
NBA Free Agent profiles
*After spending the No. 3 overall selection on Porter, it seems unlikely Washington would invest heavily in another small forward other than Webster unless the team moves Ariza in a deal. One of the top shooters in the game, Korver is even more one dimensional than Webster, but he posted similar scoring and shooting numbers. Dunleavy continues to produce and would provide another veteran presence in the locker room.
*Bynum intrigues as an instant offense scorer, though he's not a true point guard. Harris qualifies as one, but he might not be content receiving largely reserve minutes, though it's conceivable he plays alongside Wall by doubling as Bradley Beal primary backup. Udrih and Augustin should be in the financial window Washington is looking at.
*Jack would be an ideal third guard because of his combo skills, but the D.C. area native along with Redick and West are probably outside of Washington's spending range. Same could be said for Robinson after the explosive little guard's postseason scoring surge. Belinelli's sterling performance in the playoffs makes it unlikely the Bulls allow him to leave, but he would certainly provide Washington with the bench scoring it requires.
*Washington has yet to fill the stretch-four role Wall and others desire. if we're talking potential, Clark showed some when given a chance with the Lakers, making a credible amount of 3-pointers over the course off the season. Tolliver would be a rather cheap alternative. Same could be said of Jamison, but that assumes he would want to return of the Wizards would want a player who turns 37 in July.