It’s that time of year again.
Free Agency is a beautiful time filled with optimism, disappointment and of course, rumors.
After acquiring Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza from New Orleans, we knew entering this year’s free agency period that the Wizards weren’t going to be active shoppers. And so far, that’s been true. However, the Wizards have been linked to some free agents…
According to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, the Wizards have reached out to Cartier Martin, James Singleton, Maurice Evans, and Roger Mason, as well as Kirk Hinrich and John Lucas III. And just last night, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports tweeted that the Wizards are one of the teams interested in Rockets swingman, Courtney Lee.
Now. . . Where do I stand on all these free agents?
Re-signing Cartier Martin and James Singleton should be the priority. Both players are exactly what the Wizards need to fill out their bench. Once the Wizards sign Bradley Beal, they’ll have 12 players under contract — including Andray Blatche — and the Wizards need smart veteran players that don’t need significant minutes on a nightly basis to be successful. That’s where Cartier Martin can come off the bench when needed as a shooter and you know, James Singleton only had the highest PER on the team last season.
Roger Mason and Mo Evans will be helping coach the Wizards’ summer league team later this month, and I’d have no problem if they were re-signed either — they’re just not priority like Martin and Singleton. Both players, even at their advanced ages, can still get hot shooting the basketball. However, they wouldn’t be re-signed for their on-court production. If you’re looking for stabilizing veterans in your locker room, Mason and Evans are your guys.
Then there’s the familiar face of Kirk Hinrich.
After the season John Wall made it known that he would like a veteran point guard signed to the roster to help him and Shelvin Mack along. Hinrich can be that guy, and was that guy at the start of John Wall’s rookie season. I don’t have anything against Shelvin Mack, in fact, I like him a lot as a long-term back-up point guard. However, Hinrich could ease the load on both Wall and Mack, and be a productive player off the bench.
I like all of the aforementioned free agents, but the one I don’t like is John Lucas III. I’m sorry but I’ll pass on a chucking back-up point guard, especially with the Wizards. Can you imagine John Lucas III and Jordan Crawford on the court together? No one else would ever touch the basketball.
Then there’s Courtney Lee. . . The Wizards can use the mid-level exception on a player but should the Wizards sign a player that can take time away from Bradley Beal and Jordan Crawford? I think so. Courtney Lee can also play small forward if needed, he’s a plus-defender, and he was the best corner three-point shooter in the entire NBA last season. I know he could cut into Jordan Crawford and Chris Singleton’s minutes off the bench, but Lee is only 26 himself and Crawford could be trade bait at the trade deadline. If the Wizards can sign Courtney Lee to the mid-level exception, they should without a doubt. But do I think he gets a better offer than that on the open market? Yes, I do.
The best part about these players linked to the Wizards is none of them will come with a high price-tag, and if you’ve been following the free agency frenzy so far, you know how crazy it can get out there on the open market.