The Wizards are not keeping Melvin Ely, who was acquired for salary cap purposes, but can benefit from an $8.5 million trade exception in a deal that facilitated Trevor Ariza's exit.
Wizards add Paul Pierce and though he's not the elite talent he used to be, he still brings plenty to D.C.
Adding Paul Pierce boosted the small forward position. Now it's time for the Wizards to find big men backups and re-sign some of their own.
Paul Pierce may be 36, but he's not being asked to carry the Wizards who were just 4-8 in overtime games and had trouble finding consistent perimeter shooters other than Bradley Beal.