Stretch to call free agent power forward a fit with Wizards

Stretch to call free agent power forward a fit with Wizards
August 19, 2014, 7:00 am
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Washington Wizards head coach Randy Whittman stands on the sidelines against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. The Grizzlies won 92-89.

(Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports)

We are around five weeks away from the start of NBA training camps yet the list of available free agents is littered with interesting options and familiar names. 

The Wizards still have one spot remaining on their 15-player roster. They can add a player now, during training camp, before the regular season tips or simply wait until a need or opportunity arises during the season. They will also bring in non-roster players for training camp.

Our look at the best of the rest began with the small forwards. Now, the power forwards.

At a basic level, Washington could use:

  • Another point guard behind John Wall and Andre Miller.
  • There  could be a legitimate need on the wing depending on Martell Webster's recovery from back surgery and how well Otto Porter and Glen Rice Jr. turn Summer League success into regular season production.
  • An elusive Stretch-4

Power forwards: Greg Monroe, Andray Blatche, Elton Brand, Ekpe Udoh, Kenyon Martin, Charlie Villanueva, Dante Cunningham, Earl Clark, Lou Amundson, Royce White

  • Monroe and point guard Eric Bledsoe are far more than just a cut above the other names on this list. Alas, each player is individually trapped in restricted free agency (hell?) since no outside team has been willing to pony up a sizable offer for fear any such offer would be matched by, in Monroe's case, the Pistons. The former Georgetown star's situation is double trouble because of how poorly Detroit's frontcourt pieces fit together, thus limiting Monroe's chances for a monster season.  His best move is probably signing the one-year qualifying offer and taking a shot at unrestricted free agency in 2015. There won't be a LeBron James type frenzy about Monroe's situation next season, but plenty of teams will want his low-post skills on their side.
  • Blatche won't be re-joining the Wizards anytime soon, but he should find a home soon. He provided legitimate offense and rebounding off the bench the past two seasons for the Nets. The knucklehead factor remains, but teams wanting productive big men don't have a ton of options remaining.
  • Now that Al Harrington won't be starting the season in Washington, the Wizards still don't have a stretch-4 option on the roster unless they view Paul Pierce in that role. Of the players listed above, only Earl Clark semi-qualifies as a perimeter shooting big man and he shot a blah 33.6 percent from beyond the 3-point arc last season.