Trey Lyles is another stretch big man that fits the Wizards’ roster and timeline. The 27-year-old Kentucky product has flourished with the Sacramento Kings as a backup who could play both power forward and center. Lyles played a crucial role in Sacramento’s surprise season with his ability to shoot, finish, and defend.
Lyles is not going to change the fate of your franchise, but as a player with no weaknesses, he is going to provide steady minutes off the bench and will step up into the starting lineup easily when needed. Lyles’ shooting ability will allow the Wizards to continue playing the same style as they do when Porzingis is on the floor. Last season, when Porzingis was sidelined or on the bench, the big rotation of Daniel Gafford and Taj Gibson couldn’t provide the offensive firepower needed to succeed.
Lyles can play with or without Porzingis. He can be insurance when Porzingis is dealing with an injury. If Porzingis leaves or gets traded at some point, Lyles also provides a stop-gap solution without losing much value until a long-term solution is found.
Lyles only made $2.5 million last year. Sacramento will try to keep him but the Wizards’ ability to offer more playing time and a bigger role may be enough to bring him to Washington.