Now that the NBA season is over, we’re going to look at multiple NBA free agents that could potentially land with the Washington Wizards this summer. The Wizards were good enough to make it to the NBA Playoffs, eventually getting bounced out of the semi-finals, but there’s no doubt that they must fill some holes in their roster and free agency is an option to do that. (Previous free agent targets: Patty Mills, J.Farmar)
Free Agent: DeJuan Blair
Basic Stats: 6.4 PPG, 4.7 RPG, .9 APG, .53 FG%
After failing to acquire DeJuan Blair last offseason, the Washington Wizards could potentially look to acquire him once again this summer. Blair was supposedly interested in playing for Washington, but opted to sign with the Dallas Mavericks for what turned out to be a bargain. According to Basketball Reference, Blair put up 15 points and 11 rebounds per 36, which are certainly impressive numbers in comparison to some of the other backup big men in the NBA.
Trevor Booker had somewhat of a breakout year for the Wizards, but he’s due for a qualifying offer worth approximately $5 million, which may not be worth it for Washington, especially since there will be a number of solid backup bigs available in free agency. With that said, the Wizards could decide to let Booker walk this summer, giving them an opportunity to sign someone like DeJuan Blair, who’s arguably a better player at this point in their careers.
Although much has been made of the Wizards’ backup guard needs, I think it’s apparent that they must address their front court depth. Marcin Gortat, if I had to guess, will probably be back in a Wizards uniform next season, but Nene’s health is still a concern. He hasn’t been able to stay healthy throughout his career and DeJuan Blair has shown the capability of contributing while playing big minutes. Now, I’m not saying that Blair will be a replacement for Nene, but he would give the Wizards some depth.
Possibility of Blair signing with the Wizards:
I think the chances of DeJuan Blair signing with the Wizards are pretty high, especially if the team decides to let Trevor Booker walk this summer. Blair was supposedly interested in playing for the Wizards last season, and now that they’re a playoff team, I think it would be a perfect fit. DeJuan Blair played just 16 minutes per game for the Mavericks, but if he lands in Washington, he’ll likely see a lot more court time. Trevor Booker played 22 minutes per game this season and his role would be filled by Blair.
DeJuan Blair is energetic, athletic, gets after it on the boards and has shown some improvement in his offensive game. He’s versatile enough to play along side Nene or Marcin Gortat, and though he’s not great defensively, the Wizards managed to play top-10 defensive despite Booker being the primary backup big man. Blair would be a good fit in Washington and it wouldn’t surprise me if the Wizards express interest again during the free agency period.