Wizards Free Agent Targets: Cheap Solutions To Big Problems (Part 1)

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Feb 25, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Earl Clark (6) warms up before the first half against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 119-108. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Wizards were one of the worst offensive teams in the league this season, and frankly, they have a lot of problems which they need to address this off-season from a roster standpoint. Free agency is a period in which the Wizards haven’t been overly aggressive, but have managed to acquire a few solid pieces such as Martell Webster and A.J. Price last off-season. John Wall, Martell Webster, and even head coach Randy Wittman have expressed their interest in adding a few veterans to the club as opposed to another young project. Webster and Price weren’t the flashiest names, but they certainly helped address some issues the Wizards had last season. I’ve accumulated some names from this upcoming NBA free agent pool, which could potentially help the Wizards next season without hurting them financially.

Earl Clark (Los Angeles Lakers): $1,240,000

As noted, John Wall and company have spoke about adding a “stretch 4″ to the roster next season, in order to help spread the floor for penetration. Nene and Emeka Okafor have had a tendency to clog the lane, making Wall’s job a lot harder to create by attacking the basket.

There aren’t too many power forwards in the NBA which could play both sides of the floor, but Earl Clark would fit right in with Washington’s identity. Averaging a career high 7.3 points per game and 5.5 rebounds with Los Angeles, Clark had one of the most unexpected “breakout” seasons of the year. He wasn’t expected to become much of a contributor with the talent filled Lakers, but with injuries plaguing Pau Gasol, Clark showed how useful he was, given the opportunity. At 6’10, Clark is able to play both forward positions, making his versatility invaluable. Clark shot nearly 34 percent from beyond three point territory, which isn’t great, but could potentially see improvement if he shares the floor with John Wall. He has bounced around the league, but will definitely receive legitimate interest from numerous teams this off-season. In my opinion, his defensive intensity and ability to stretch the floor, make this a perfect fit for the Wizards.

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