Throughout the NBA playoffs we've been highlighting 2013 free agents while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards (links to all previous profiles are below). Since we're starting to run out of options, it's time to ponder the entire class of players soon to be seeking a new contract.
Washington currently does 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. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. The Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection. However, whatever positives rookies might bring will not include NBA experience. That's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Will Bynum, PG, Detroit Pistons
Vitals: 6-foot-0, 185 lbs. Turned 30 in January
Stats: Averaged 9.8 points and 3.6 assists, numbers topped only once during his six-year NBA career. Sank 80.9 percent of his free throw attempts and shot a career-high 46.9 percent from the floor. Bynum's PER of 16.6 this season is his best since 2008-09 and would have ranked third on the Wizards behind John Wall (20.8) and Nene (17.0). The former Georgia Tech product scored 20 points in 21 minutes in a win against Washington on February 13.
Versus Wizards: No. 6 seed in the West, Warriors trail 2-1 in their second-round series against the Spurs with Game 4 Sunday afternoon on the left coast. In the first round, Jack scored at least 20 points in four straight games (including three wins) against the Nuggets, but tallied 19 combined in Game 2 and 3 versus the Spurs.
The fit: This offseason Washington is looking for scoring punch off the bench, additional veterans and the backup slot behind John Wall is currently unoccupied. Check, check, check. Not the most consistent of offensive performers or a true point guard, but Bynum can take over games offensively and would be the top creator among the reserves. The career 27 percent 3-point shooter does most of his damage at the rim. If the Wizards re-sign Garrett Temple for length, defense and steadiness, there is merit to adding a diminutive point-producing threat like Bynum (or Nate Robinson). That is assuming Randy Wittman can tolerate the erratic times and figure how a way to use Bynum with Wall and Bradley Beal.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Bynum earned $3.5 million this season. He will not any more than that, which puts him in play financially for the local franchise. It's worth noting that Price earned less than one million this past season. Bringing back Price appears a realistic option, while Bynum is unlikely to play next season with the Pistons. It's not fair to compare him to Jordan Crawford, though both have the instant offense capability - and been known to force shots. At least this season, Bynum made a healthy percentage of his attempts. For a team that struggled to score at times especially when their depth was tested, shot making cannot be overlooked.
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