Wizards up against projected salary cap

Wizards up against projected salary cap
June 8, 2013, 12:30 pm
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In the very near future, the NBA will release the salary cap figures for the 2013-14 season. At that point we'll know officially how much money each NBA team has available this offseason. Maybe not to the penny, but close enough.

Spoiler alert: the Wizards won't have any.

Actually, we already knew this, but on Saturday Shamsports.com posted a projected salary cap for each NBA team. Not many characters were wasted on the Wizards situation.

Projected cap space: None

Alrighty then. Fine, Sham added another sentence about how the only way Washington can pick up room without making moves would be if Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza opt of the final year of their respective contracts. That's not going to happen. Okafor previously told CSN he'll be back with the Wizards next season and Ariza is likely to join him.

Recent reports (more spoilers) indicate the 2013-14 cap will be bumped up slightly to $58.5 million from this season's $58.044. With their current contracts (including Okafor and Ariza), the Wizards are on the hook for $57.06 million next season. So, technically there would be a teeny time amount of wiggle room, but clearly not enough for any major free agents. 

As we've noted over the last few weeks in our NBA Free Agent watch series, Washington can use the mid-level exception of around $5.15 million and a bi-annual exception ($2.016 million). That could mean targeting modest options like Nate Robinson, Kyle Korver or Elton Brand. The Wizards also have their own free agents, namely Martell Webster, A.J. Price and Garrett Temple.

Of course the Wizards have three draft picks including the third overall selection with which to bolster the roster, one that played .500 ball over the final 50 games last season. Simply a season of good health for John Wall, Bradley Beal and others should help significantly. 

So hope for draft success, no breaks or fractures - and don't fall in love with any big ticket free agents. Outside of serious financial maneuvering, they won't be coming to Washington.