Tyrese Maxey on the Wizards may initially not make sense as a fit since he is a similar player to Jordan Poole, however, the talent is so undeniable that it is worth a try. Maxey is one of the most exciting scorers in the league who can light it up from anywhere on the court. Despite being a score-first volume-shooter, he is impressively efficient.
Maxey is a three-level scorer. He can get to the rim and finish and get to the free-throw line. He is a menace in transition. But most impressively, he has shot over 40% from three the past two seasons on high volume. He can hit deep, off-the-dribble threes that help open up the floor for his teammates. He scored 20 points per game last season on 60.5% True Shooting, way above the league average for a guard. That is truly impressive for a 22-year-old.
For a Wizards team in desperate need of shooting, Maxey would be a godsend. He would immediately be the best offensive player on the team and a potential All-Star.
And for Washington to sign him, they have to pay him like one.
The Philadelphia 76ers are taking a huge gamble with him, choosing not to re-sign him until next summer to maintain cap space. That is a big risk considering Maxey could easily get close-to-maximum offers, starting at around $34 million a year.
The Wizards should seriously consider offering that to Maxey. A Maxey-Poole backcourt will have serious defensive problems but they will also be an extremely exciting duo on the offensive end. Considering Maxey’s age and upside, it’s unlikely that that contract would be a negative one. It makes sense for the Wizards to take that big swing on a potential future star.