Wizards In Free Agency

With the NBA free agency period winding down, the Washington Wizards still appear to be actively looking to acquire talent to add to their roster for this upcoming season. The Wizards still have one empty roster spots remaining after the signing of Martell Webster.

The Wizards tonight reportedly agreed to terms with Martell Webster:

Martell Webster, Shooting Guard/Small Forward: According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Wizards watched Webster work out this week. The Wizards are only interested in signing players at minimum deals, much like they did with Cartier Martin, and Webster may certainly be available for a cheap price. Shooting over 37% from beyond the arc for his career, he helps the Wizards, who were 27th in the league last year in three point percentage, by spreading the floor for John Wall and front court players such as Nene. Webster is only 25 years old, but seeing as though he has played seven seasons in the NBA, he can become another veteran presence. The Wizards still lack three point threats, and the former sixth overall pick and McDonald’s All-American will certainly help them on that aspect of the floor.

Here are a few other names in which they are reportedly looking at:

Michael Redd, Shooting Guard: The year 2009 doesn’t seem that long ago, but it certainly does when we analyze Michael Redd’s career. A bit over three years ago, Redd averaged over 20 points per game while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and was credited to being one of the best shooting guards in NBA. After several serious injuries, Redd’s career has plummeted. Being selected 43rd overall in the 2000 NBA draft by Wizards Team President Ernie Grunfeld, Michael Redd is one of the biggest steals in the NBA draft since the start of the new millennium. Redd shot the ball well throughout his injury plagued career, and even had the opportunity to play for USA’s 2008 “Redeem Team” in the Olympics. The former NBA All-Star and Olympic Gold Medalist would be a great addition to have waiting on the bench for the Wizards. After averaging over eight points per game for the Phoenix Suns last season, Redd has had somewhat of a resurgence.  Not to mention, he would especially be a great mentor to rookie Bradley Beal who has all of the tools Redd had during his heyday.

Anthony Tolliver, Power Forward: Standing at 6 foot 8 inches tall, Tolliver presents the unique ability to stretch the floor at his size and is capable of hitting the outside jump shot. After shooting over 40% from three point range two seasons ago, Tolliver earned himself a reputation of being a shooter. Even after declining his three point percentage to just under 25% last season, the Wizards still appear to be interested in his services and are “calling every day” in pursuit of signing him. Tolliver acknowledged his fit with the team and stated

They don’t have a big guys who can step out and shoot it,’’ said Tolliver, who is that type of player. “That makes a team in that situation kind of attractive…

Although the Wizards are clearly expressing interest in Tolliver, his agent isn’t considering any “minimum offer’s”, which is basically the only offer the Wizards are entertaining at this point in time.

Other note worthy free agents: Other free agents the Wizards are reportedly interested in signing include former Sacramento King, Terrence Williams, and former New York Knick, Shawn Williams. Terrence Williams was a very interesting prospect coming out of the University of Louisville. He is without a doubt one of the most athletic players in the NBA, but much like many of the Wizards former cast members, Williams lack’s the basketball intelligence to succeed in the league. During his time with the New Jersey Nets and Sacramento Kings, Williams supposedly missed parts of practice due to being late and “misbehavior”. Because of his lack of professionalism, he was sent down to the D-League. Needless to say, “T-Will” strived in the ‘minor leagues’ by averaging a triple double, scoring 28 points, grabbing 11 rebounds and handing out 10 assists per game. William’s problems have never been attributed to lack of talent.

Shawn Williams is another player, who resembles Anthony Tolliver, and is credited with being another big man who can step out and shoot jump shots. Williams has moved from three teams in three seasons, and seems incapable of sticking on a NBA roster. As I mentioned previously, the Wizards are lacking shooters, and Shawn Williams could probably help them in that category.

After examining many of the Wizards interests in free agents, I think it’s fairly obvious that they’re trying to upgrade their shooting capabilities for next season. After losing Roger Mason and Rashard Lewis to trades and free agency, the Wizards are trying to acquire players who can fill the void.