Wizards to chat with free agents

Wizards to chat with free agents
December 4, 2011, 9:36 pm
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Last week, NBA teams were allowed to talk to agents of players, and come tomorrow, teams can reportedly talk to the players that are free agents. Organizations still can't sign them to deals until Friday, which is the same day that training camps open up around the league.

That means the Wizards can chat with restricted free-agent guard Nick Young, whom they would love to bring back, if the price is right. Young can be offered a deal by another team, but the Wizards can match that offer if they so choose.

Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld would only say that he has reached out to Young's representatives but listening to coach Flip Saunders, you can summarize the Wizards want him back.

"Nick was important, as far as what we did as a team," Saunders said . "Hes our best perimeter shooter and consistent shooter. He's a knock-down three-point shooter, and I think, as a team, any time you have assets, you always want to try to retain your assets."

As for other free agents, Grunfeld acknowledged the pickings are slim but the Wizards could be looking for a back-up point guard.

"Obviously, John Wall is going to get the bulk of the minutes there," Grunfeld said. "We drafted a guard who we think can play some point guard, Shelvin Mack and Jordan Crawford has played some point guard. Well probably need someone for camp, and if that player shows that hes someone that we might want to keep for the long haul, well do that."

The Wizards have seven players under contract with three drafted rookies, so there aren't that many slots open to fill.

"If you look at the players coming back, were probably two deep at every position, Grunfeld said. "Well probably look for one or two more veteran players to come in an provide some leadership and some experience."