The Andray Blatche era is no more. With amnesty talk finished, we can get back to focusing on those sticking around and other moves that could be forthcoming. For all the hoopla surrounding thejettisoning of Blatche,the move has scantimpact on the depth chart. Whereas he entered the last two seasons as the frontcourt's leading presence, the Wizards now have a varied collection of experienced and youthful pieces led by Nene and Emeka Okafor plus four recent first-rounders. No additional playing time opened up following his release. Finding minutes for all the forwards and centers could prove tricky if good health is forthcoming. For a team eying the postseason for the first time in five seasons, that's a welcome problem - and vacant roster spots remain. To set the table, here is a basic positional breakdown of the Wizards current roster with projected starters in italics:Power forward: Nene, Trevor Booker, Jan VeselySmall forward: Trevor Ariza, Chris Singleton, Cartier MartinCenter: Emeka Okafor, Kevin SeraphinWing guard: Jordan Crawford, Bradley BealPoint guard: John Wall, Shelvin Mack Three potential roster slots exist, though the team could choose to open the season with 14 players. Based on positional desires, a veteran point guard remains a priority. Based on need, adding another shooter either in the front or backcourt would help. While not a traditional point guard, bringing back Roger Mason would address both needs if the team decides a combination of Mason, Mack and Beal would suffice backing up Wall. The Wizards have reportedly shown interest in free agent John Lucas III. Other notable options include Leandro Barbosa and Johnny Flynn, though both could command more money than the Wizards are looking to spend. James Singleton, another one of the Wizards remaining free agents, may not be a perimeter threat, but would provide another veteran presence. With a glut of options on the wing, Mo Evans is seemingly a longshot to return.
Wizards say adios Andray. Now what?
July 18, 2012, 4:45 am