By Charles Lamar
Now that it looks as if the Wiz wont use the amnesty clause on Rashard Lewis, lets take a look at the Wizards roster, cap space and potential moves in this shortened offseason.
The Wizards currently have seven players under contract, not including the three unsigned rookies, Jan Vesley, Chris Singleton, and Shelvin Return of the Mack. Theyre also sitting on about 18 million in salary cap space.
There are four players coming off their rookie season, John Wall, Trevor Booker, Jamal Crawford, and Kevin Seraphin. The other three are JaVale McGee aka Pierre, Andray Blatche, and Rashard Lewis. Of their restricted free agents, Nick Young is most likely (fingers crossed) to be re-signed barring an absurd offer sheet from another team.
Assuming Nick Young is re-signed, PLEASE RE-SIGN NICK YOUNG, the Wizards depth chart will look something like this.
PG John WallShelvin Mack
SG Nick YoungJordan Crawford
SF Rashard LewisChris SingletonJan Vesley
PF Andray BlatcheTrevor Booker
C JaVale McgeeKevin Seraphin
That is a talented young team bursting with potential. But if the Wiz Kids plan on competing for a playoff spot, then they need to boost the veteran presence coming off of the bench. They should take advantage of this weak free agent class by investing in a veteran PG to mentor John Wall and a bruising big man who will crash the boards and toughen up the front line. I like Earl Boykins or Carlos Arroyo for the PG role, and I would target Jeff Foster, Joel Przybilla, or Reggie Evans for the big man. With a few minor tweaks to the roster, this team making the playoffs, doesnt sound so crazy.