The NBA Free Agency period began over a week ago, but in case you failed to notice, virtually none of the “top stars” have committed to playing for a team, which has caused the other teams and free agents around the league, such as your beloved Washington Wizards, to stall.
With that said, there still has been some rumors and speculation regarding the Washington Wizards and free agency. Here are the Wizardly Links for July 9th, 2014.
Kris Humphries is an above average rebounder and has surprisingly shot the ball well from mid-range, which would make him a pick-and-pop threat with John Wall. Kris Humphries would likely be a replacement for Trevor Booker, but I wouldn’t expect him to get a deal less than the mid-level exception.
I wouldn’t expect Garrett Temple to receive a ton of interest from around the league, but according to Tim Reynolds of AP Sports, he’s leaning towards signing with the Miami Heat.
Although it’s been argued on this site and elsewhere that Ariza’s abilities are replaceable on the open market, it would still be a credibility coup for this once-faltering franchise to be able to hang onto its key free agents when it used to see many of them walk away for greener pastures.
The Cavaliers had “mild interest” in Marcin Gortat, per Lloyd, and had more than minor interest in Channing Frye, but both are off the market. Thus, if Cleveland wants to make the playoffs, they “might be left with little choice” but to pay Ariza, Lloyd writes.
Summer League will be key for Otto Porter, but it will also be important forGlen Rice Jr., who’s trying to earn a guaranteed contract with the Wizards. Porter and Rice will be the key players for the Washington Wizards’ summer league roster, but it will also include a few interesting prospects.
The screams of Wizards coach Randy Wittman, on the first day of mini-camp as the 16-man roster prepares for Las Vegas summer league this weekend, are like music to the ears of free agent point guard Maalik Wayns. He’s back in his element.