With about a month left to go until the start of NBA training camp, the Washington Wizards’ roster has already been formed and we pretty much have an idea of what the rotations are going to look like. The Washington Wizards retained all of their core pieces with the exception of Trevor Ariza, but they did manage to replace him with future Hall-of-Famer Paul Pierce. The Wizards’ roster will look similar to the one they had in their successful 44-win season, but they did add more depth in the front court.
The additions of Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair should give the Washington Wizards a much needed boost off the bench, but unlike this past season, they don’t have much depth at the wing positions. The Washington Wizards do have one roster spot open, and now that they’re seemingly all set at the front court, especially since they’ve decided not to re-sign Al Harrington, it looks like the team could add another wing player to their roster.
Even though Paul Pierce will replace some of what Trevor Ariza did last season at least on the offensive end of the floor, and Otto Porter is expected to play a bigger role after coming off a great NBA Summer League run, Martell Webster will be out for quite some time following back surgery and they could add another wing player to their roster.
Here’s a list of players that could potentially fill the Washington Wizards’ final roster spot before the start of training camp:
- Chris Douglas-Roberts: CDR has bounced around quite a bit in his professional basketball career, but he finally found a home last season with the then Charlotte Bobcats. Unfortunately, the Hornets have acquired Lance Stephenson and Marvin Williams, leaving not much room for Chris Douglas-Roberts, especially since Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to continue playing big minutes. CDR averaged nearly 7 points and over 2 rebounds per game in about 20 minutes per game last season in Charlotte, but he did shoot nearly 39% from three. At this point, I don’t think CDR is going to get more than the veteran’s minimum, and he could be a decent third string small forward until Martell Webster returns from injury. Oh, and he also scored 18 points against the Washington Wizards last season, so there’s that.
- Francisco Garcia: Although it looks like Francisco Garcia might be re-signing with the Houston Rockets, he’s still available and could decide to go elsewhere. Garcia, 32, won’t be expected to contribute much on the floor, but he could give the Washington Wizards some veteran leadership and outside shooting, which is something they’ll lose with Harrington’s departure. Garcia averaged about 6 points per game and will likely get a vet min deal. He shot 36% from three last season and he’s also capable of contributing defensively. Like most wing players, John Wall would likely increase Garcia’s production, especially from three, and I don’t think he’d be a bad pick up before the start of the season.
- Ronnie Brewer: Brewer has put on 6 different uniforms in his 8-year NBA career and he’s no stranger to bouncing around the league. The Washington Wizards will avoid the luxury tax again this upcoming season and Brewer would be an affordable get. Ronnie Brewer played for three different teams (Toronto Raptors, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls) this past season, and he’d probably be the Wizards’ 15th man. Unlike the other players I listed, Ronnie Brewer isn’t an outside threat, but he is a very solid defender. He’s used to playing in defensive systems and I think he’d fit in well under Randy Wittman.
There are some decent players available in the free agent market that have NBA experience, but it also wouldn’t surprise me if the Washington Wizards chose to add a few NBA D-League players to the team before the start of camp. Teams typically add a few more players to their roster before cutting it down to 14 or 15 before the start of the regular season.
Do you think the Washington Wizards could use another wing player? Is there anyone who you think they should target? Let me know in the comments section.