The Wizards' regular season is over, meaning it's now all about the offseason, including free agency. Throughout the NBA playoffs, we will highlight a new 2013 free agent playing on that given day while projecting a possible fit in Washington. The Wizards currently do not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items, but six players on the current roster will hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Some under contract could be traded. Obviously re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option and the Wizards have three draft picks, including a first round selection, but those pieces won't solve all their needs. That's where other teams' free agents come in, that's why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Devin Harris, PG, Atlanta Hawks
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 192 lbs. Turned 30 in February
Stats: For the first time in eight seasons, Harris just missed scoring in double figures (9.9) in part to playing his fewest minutes per game (24.5) since the 2005-06 season. He averaged 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 58 games (34 starts) for the Hawks. His PER of 14.6 represented a career-low.
Playoff Matchup: No. 6 seed in the East, The Hawks trail the Indiana Pacers 2-0. Game 3 is Saturday night at Atlanta.
The fit: Would serve as the third guard and fill the veteran requirement John Wall and others desire. Though a point guard by trade, Harris proved effective playing alongside Jeff Teague with the Hawks this season so pairing him with Wall on a regular basis should not be problematic. However like Wall, his offense comes primarily from inside the arc; Harris is a career 31.8 3-point shooter.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Technically he already was, having been drafted by Washington fifth overall in 2004 before being shipped to Dallas in the Antawn Jamison trade. Harris earned $8.5 million during this season, an amount he won't sniff this summer. As a longtime veteran and having tasted deep playoff runs with the Mavericks, Harris might try to latch on with an overt title contender. Then again legitimate playing time exists behind Wall and Bradley Beal, though not a starting role. Not sure he can land one of those unless he signs a short-term or financially friendly deal elsewhere. If the Wizards retain Martell Webster and add another perimeter scoring threat elsewhere, then targeting Harris has merit even though re-signing A.J. Price at a lower cost arguably has more.
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