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, D. Blair)
Free Agent: Jordan Hill
Salary: $3.5 million (via ShamSports)
Basic Stats: 9.7 PPG, 7.4 RPG, .9 BPG, .55 FG%
Like most of the players on the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster, Jordan Hill had a career season under coach Mike D’Antoni as he put up career-high numbers in virtually every statistical category. With that said, Jordan Hill wasn’t too pleased about his role under Mike D’Antoni and made it clear that he didn’t have much interest in returning to Los Angeles under those circumstances. The Lakers currently have only three players under contract for next season and it looks like Hill will likely be putting on a different uniform next season.
The former 8th overall pick has bounced around the NBA quite a bit, but he has shown that he’s capable of playing productive minutes. Every NBA team needs a reliable energy player, but Hill has turned into more than just that over the past few seasons. When he’s healthy, Hill has been an above average rebounder, has improved his offensive game and has sported an above average Player Efficiency Rating (19.39). His touch around the basket has improved since he entered the league and he’s shown some improvements in the pick-and-roll, despite not really having stable point guard play with the Lakers. Hill does all of the little things that it takes to win basketball games which often don’t show up on the stat sheet.
Possibility of Hill signing with the Wizards:
Although the Washington Wizards must find a way to get more athletic this offseason, I don’t think they have much of a chance at landing Jordan Hill.
Hill would be a perfect fit in Washington, but since he’s looking to play a bigger role next season, he’ll probably end up signing with a team where he’ll compete for a starting position. Trevor Booker is due nearly $5 million dollars (qualifying offer) and the Wizards could let him walk in order to sign a cheaper alternative, but Jordan Hill could command the mid-level exception this offseason. Simply put, there are probably better options than to pursue Hill, knowing that he’ll play the role of a third big man.
Jordan Hill is a very good rebounder and has shown improvements in his game on both sides of the floor and he will be a fan favorite wherever he ends up, but I don’t think that will be in the nation’s capital.