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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.