Apr 11, 2014; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic center Dewayne Dedmon (3) wins the opening tip in front of Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (4) as the Wizards beat the Magic 96-86 at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Wizards Links: Preparing for NBA Free Agency

We’re just over a week away from the NBA Draft, and though there has been some speculation about which prospect the Wizards may opt to choose in the second round, free agency has dominated the pixels throughout the Washington Wizards web. Here are the Wizardly Links for June 18, 2014.

- Speaking of free agency, would J. Farmar be a good fit with the Washington Wizards? (via Wiz of Awes)

Just like Patty Mills, Jordan Farmar would fill a need for the Washington Wizards. Farmar has torched the Wizards in the past, and by averaging over 10 points in just over 20 minutes per game, it’s apparent that he’s capable of scoring off the bench.

- The Washington Wizards should retain their own free agents, but M. Gortat is their first priority (via Wiz of Awes)

Prior to acquiring Marcin Gortat, there were lots of questions about how the Wizards would fill the defensive void with Emeka Okafor gone, but Gortat quickly answered those questions by providing solid rim protection.

- But what if Gorat chooses to walk away? Here are some replacements. (via Bullets Forever)

Replacing Gortat could be difficult. The Polish Hammer gave Washington 13.2 points and 9.5 rebounds a night while anchoring a top-10 defense. His ability to run the pick and roll, hit a 15-foot jumper, body up bangers and play smart positional defense are a rare combination.

- S. Hawes is a free agent this summer. How could he fit with the Wizards? (via Bullets Forever)

Hawes is a useful alternative if Gortat departs in free agency, and I can even understand the argument that signing him for less money is a smarter long-term plan given age, price, etc.

- An inside look at some of the Washington Wizards’ draft prospects. (via Truth About It)

Nonetheless, there are tasks at hand. There is a process. There is a second round pick, as of now (No. 46), and there are free agents, and agents, to consider.

- Take a look at all the prospects which have attended Washington’s pre-draft workouts (via CSN Washington)

The Wizards plan to work out draft prospects this week through Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the six expected at the Verizon Center on Tuesday, followed by a running list of all those bigs, wings and guards that have made their way to Chinatown.

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