We are around five weeks away from the start of NBA training camps yet the list of available free agents is littered with interesting options and familiar names.
The Wizards still have one spot remaining on their 15-player roster. They can add a player now, during training camp, before the regular season tips or simply wait until a need or opportunity arises during the season. They will also bring in non-roster players for training camp.
Our look at the best of the rest began with the small forwards, power forwards and shooting guards. Next up, point guards. The Wizards are good to go with John Wall and Andre Miller. However, teams often carry three floor general types. Tough position to fill on the fly and as we saw last year, an offense can fade away to nothingness if the point guard can't run the show. Garrett Temple can step in for brief spells, but isn't a true distributor.
Point guards: Eric Bledsoe, Ramon Sessions, Earl Watson, A.J. Price, Rodrigue Beaubois
- Along with fellow restricted free agent Greg Monroe, Bledsoe's spot on this list isn't about limited interest, but rather limited opportunities. Wall's former Kentucky teammate simply hasn't received an offer from another team because most assume his current team, the Phoenix Suns, would match any contract. However, the relationship between player and team has taken a bumpy path this offseason as the uncertain situation lingers. Furthermore, even though the backcourt combination of Bledsoe and Goran Dragic led Phoenix to a near surprise playoff appearance, the Suns have seemingly added multiple backup plans by signing Isaiah Thomas and drafting Tyler Ennis. That's why a recent report about the Suns exploring trade opportunities for Bledsoe seems logical and perhaps necessary. Somebody out there will give Bledsoe a five-year max deal. Maybe the Lakers, perhaps. Phoenix, probably not.
- Sessions is one of those players who's not good enough to start on a winning team, but talented enough to warrant minutes somewhere. Averaged 12.3 points and 4.1 assists last season with Charlotte and Milwaukee. Someone will give Sessions a deal once the desperation kicks in.
- Rumors popped last season about the Wizards possibly giving Beaubois a workout. That buzz ultimately had no merit and he didn't play in the NBA last season. Still, remember that Beaubois was once considered the heir apparent to Jason Kidd at point guard for the Dallas Mavericks. The 6-foot-3 combo guard with a crazy wingspan scored 40 points as a rookie. The issue has been less about skill set and more about staying healthy. Foot injuries are no joke. Getting essentially a free look in training camp wouldn't be so bad.