Once the big chips started to fall this summer during the NBA Free Agency period, the Washington Wizards swiftly acquired everybody they were essentially targeting. The Washington Wizards re-signed Marcin Gortat to a 5-year deal essentially right when free agency started, but followed that move up by acquiring Paul Pierce for the mid-level exception. They also added Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair to bolster their front court depth.
Today’s Wizardly Links will mostly pertain to the free agent signings. Enjoy.
Although he’s certainly not as good as he once was, at 37 years old (once the season starts), Paul Pierce can still play. There’s no question about that. Last season for the Brooklyn Nets, he averaged 13.5 points on 45.1% shooting.
Let’s start with this much: Kris Humphries will be missed in Boston. I understand the dollars and cents behind why Boston didn’t want to re-sign Hump, but the bottom line is that he busted his butt every single time he came into a game for the Celtics.
DeJuan Blair has never had a problem rebounding, which is probably why it is his greatest asset. Yeah, he’s short in stature, but he makes up for it with his width and relentless work down low.
If Beal and Wall defer to Pierce on the floor and let him get his shots while they work around it, it shouldn’t be a problem. This might be the most amenable position between the three.
Like Wall, Beal may be “too pure” for Coach K’s blood. The kid acquitted himself well, though. And he’s only 21.
So, that’s it for today’s Wizardly Links. We’re just a few months away from the NBA season and news, especially regarding the Wizards, has inevitably become a bit stagnant.