Nene's status aside, Wizards have roster spot to fill

Nene's status aside, Wizards have roster spot to fill
February 24, 2014, 11:00 am
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Until we hear from the Wizards there is no point speculating about the knee injury Nene suffered in Sunday's win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

One area in which contemplate scenarios, the empty roster spot. Washington sent away two players at the trading deadline, receiving only one back, Andre Miller. The Wizards could add another big man simply as a positional replacement for Jan Vesely, now a member of the Denver Nuggets. Worst case on the Nene front, Washington would need bigger bodies.

The roster currently includes five guards (Wall, Beal, Miller, Temple, Rice), three small forwards (Ariza, Webster, Porter), three combo forwards (Booker, Harrington, Singleton) and three interior options (Nene, Gortat, Seraphin).

There is merit in adding a fourth member to either of the final two groups regardless, even if it's only to pick up fouls while defending opposing power forwards and centers. Picking up frontcourt depth of any kind simply provides more rotation options, plus six more fouls and a free look at a potential future piece.

With that in mind, here are some of the potential options that either are current free agents, in the D-League, or set to return from playing in China after March 1. There is no order, only possible chaos.

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Earl Clark (26) - Acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers at the deadline and then bought out of his contract, Clark is one of the enigma-wrapped-in-a-riddle types. The 6-foot-9 forward is somewhat of a 3-point touch and occasionally shines on the glass. Perhaps Clark's best asset is that he's played 45 games in the NBA this season.

Antawn Jamison (37) - This familiar face is another trading deadline casualty. Jamison played in only 22 games for the Clippers before Los Angeles dumped his salary on the Atlanta Hawks who then dumped him altogether. Based on style, there really is no room at the Inn with Al Harrington's stretch-four capabilities back in the lineup. Then again, the Wizards haven't been shy about the adding older vets and Jamison remains a franchise favorite.

Drew Gooden (32) - The 11-year veteran was once ever so briefly a member of the Wizards, though he never played a game with the franchise. Gooden's last games in the NBA, all 16 of them, came last season with the Milwaukee Bucks though he averaged 14 and 6 as recently as the 2011-12 campaign. The 6-foot-10 Gooden could be more headache then help, but historically he offers pop in the paint. Surprisingly, he's only 32. Worth noting Gooden's agent, Dan Fegan, also represents John Walll, Nene, Harrington and Martell Webster.

Devin Ebanks (24) - The former Laker is dominating the D-League, averaging 24.1 points and 8.9 rebounds for the Springfield Armor. More of a SF than power type, Ebanks ranks as the No. 6 prospect in the D-League and first among frontcourt players. His addition would provide depth should more small-ball schemes be required for the final 20-plus games while also serving as a potential 2014-15 audition for a team that will have space available next season. 

Chris Wilcox (31) - The ex-Terp played in 61 games last season for the Boston Celtics, but didn't land anywhere following thumb surgery over the summer.

James Singleton (32) - Yet another former Wizard with this one doing work in the Chinese Basketball Association, averaging 19 points per game. The 6-foot-8 Singleton grabbed seven rebounds per game during each of his previous stints in Washington, the last one coming at end of the 2011-12 season.

Shelden Williams (30) - The former top-5 NBA draft pick is averaging 23 and 12 in the CBA.

Kwame Brown (32 in March) - What, too soon? Sure, he flamed out with the Wizards, but Brown hung around the NBA for 12 seasons thanks to his size (6-foot-11, 270 pounds) and rebounding (5.5 career average). Only played 31 games combined over the previous two seasons. It won't happen for all kinds of reasons, but Brown back with the organization right Vesely goes away sure would be entertaining.

Others: Ivan Johnson (China), Tyrus Thomas, Hakim Warrick, Josh Powell (China)