The Washington Wizards have officially announced their signings for the free agency period.
“Gary is a proven veteran who will bring us perimeter shooting and experience,“ said Grunfeld. “Adding him to our rotation makes our backcourt rotation deeper and more versatile.“
“Jared’s versatility and shooting ability will give us depth at both forward positions and allow us to use him in a variety of lineups,” said Grunfeld. “We are also looking forward to the leadership and veteran presence that he will bring both on the court.”
“Versatility” is the key word that Grunfeld used when talking about both Gary Neal and Jared Dudley.
The Washington Wizards focused on becoming more versatile this summer and that’s exactly what they’ve done with their signings. It started with Kelly Oubre Jr., whom they acquired on draft day from the Atlanta Hawks. With Paul Pierce gone, the Wizards are going to play a different brand of basketball next season.
Randy Wittman will no longer have to play two bigs at the same time.
Instead, he’ll have the opportunity to play his lineups according to specific match ups. Expect John Wall and Bradley Beal to share the court with both Neal and Dudley, who will provide necessary spacing. Players like Marcin Gortat and even Kris Humphries will have more space to operate underneath the basket.
On paper, Washington might look weaker with Pierce gone, but that shouldn’t be the case.
Dudley, Neal and Anderson are all capable of playing multiple positions. The team will go as far as Wall and Beal can take them. Now, they won’t have to rely solely on their back court for scoring. Neal, Dudley and Anderson will take pressure off the star back court.
Welcome to D.C., Dudley, Neal and Anderson. It should be a fun season.
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