We’re still months away from the start of the regular season, but much of the free agency and trade rumors which captivated us throughout this offseason have dwindled down. The Washington Wizards have filled every available roster spot this summer through the draft and free agency, so unless something completely unexpected occurs, we’ll likely see the same roster heading into training camp. With that said, the Wizards did shake up their team a bit and did virtually everything we expected them to do.
Acquisitions: Otto Porter Jr. (NBA Draft), Glen Rice Jr. (NBA Draft), Martell Webster (retained free agent), Garrett Temple (retained free agent), Al Harrington (free agent), Eric Maynor (free agent)
Losses: A.J. Price (currently a free agent), Cartier Martin (currently a free agent), Jason Collins (currently a free agent), Leandro Barbosa (currently a free agent)
- Unlike some other teams in the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards didn’t make any dramatic changes this offseason to drastically improve their team. The Wizards brass has faith that continuity will ultimately be a greater factor than overall talent, therefore the changes they’ve made this offseason weren’t very spectacular. Of course, Washington did agree to a contract extension with John Wall this summer worth approximately $80 million dollars, but besides that, the Wizards were rather quiet this summer.
- The Wizards decided not to re-sign A.J. Price, probably due to his inability to help the team stay afloat without John Wall, but ultimately decided to sign free agent point guard Eric Maynor to fill the void. Although they have virtually identical statistics, Maynor has played for winning teams in the past (most notably the Oklahoma City Thunder), and on paper, he seems like an upgrade over Price. Garrett Temple has also earned himself his first guaranteed contract of his pro career with the Wizards this upcoming season, which adds depth the the Wizards guard spot off the bench. Washington also decided to let Cartier Martin go, in hopes of having rookie Glen Rice Jr. pick up the scoring slack off the bench.
- Washington’s third overall pick in this years draft, Otto Porter, is probably the biggest addition they’ve made to their roster down the line. Despite his rather underwhelming summer league run, Porter’s familiarity with the Wizards and seamless fit along side John Wall and Bradley Beal makes him a perfect fit in the nation’s capital. Like every rookie, Porter will certainly struggle a bit during his first season as a pro, but luckily for Washington, they’ve been able to add depth to their forward spot by retaining Martell Webster. Since the Wizards have two starting caliber forwards in Webster and Trevor Ariza, Porter won’t be asked to do much his rookie season unless an unforeseen roster change occurs.
- John Wall’s desire for a stretch four was ultimately met when the Wizards decided to fill their last roster spot by signing free agent Al Harrington. Washington’s big men, especially Nene, have built a reputation for their inability to stay healthy throughout the majority of the regular season, so having someone as experienced as Harrington could definitely help the team next season. Washington was the worst offensive team in the NBA this past season, and if healthy, Harrington could add another scoring weapon for John Wall to work with.
Washington didn’t make any newsworthy roster moves this summer, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they didn’t improve their roster. The Wizards front office did a great job addressing some of their biggest needs (re-signing Martell Webster, acquiring a stretch four and a backup point guard, etc.) right out of the gate, leaving us with just training camp to worry about prior to the start of the season.
Did the Wizards make the right moves this summer? What would you have liked to see them do differently? Let me know in the comment section.