NBA free-agent watch: Matt Bonner

NBA free-agent watch: Matt Bonner
June 18, 2014, 4:30 pm
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The Wizards might hope to address any front court concerns with their second round pick. For a team now thinking of more than just another run to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs, that's not enough.

Beyond Nene, the Wizards do not have any power forwards or centers under contract for next season. Adding Drew Gooden veteran's presence became a huge move for Washington's playoff push, but let's remember the team desperately needed him once Nene went down because of depth issues and minimal scoring off the bench.

The Wizards received plenty of 3-point shooting from their guards and wings, but could use a deep shooter up front especially when they want to pull opposing bigs away from the basket.

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Free agent: PF Matt Bonner, San Antonio Spurs. Unrestricted. 

2013-14 salary: $3,945,000.

Vitals: 6'10", 240 pounds. 34 years old. 

Career averages: 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 46.7% FG, 41.7% 3FG. Last season: 3.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 44.5% FG, 42.9% 3FG. 

The fit: The stretch-four remains a trendy and necessary role in this modern era. Bonner won't dazzle anyone with his athleticism, but the "Red Rocket" is a steady presence who helps spread the court with his 3-point shooting and offers enough size to defend inside. Gregg Popovich trusted Bonner enough to start him at times during the postseason.

Chances of becoming a Wizard: Washington received some perimeter shooting help from Al Harrington, but the 34-year-old might not return. That would mean another off-season searching for a stretch-four. Bonner is also 34, but with fewer miles; Harrington has played nearly 30 more regular season games. It's doubtful any team pays Bonner anywhere close to last year's nearly $4 million salary and that includes the Spurs. He would also be reunited with former Spurs assistant Don Newman. This would be a low-key and non-exciting maneuver, but coach Randy Wittman loves veterans he can trust. 

NBA Free Agent profiles

Guards: D.J. Augustin, Patty Mills

Wings: Thabo Sefolosha, P.J.Tucker

 Bigs: DeJuan Blair, Boris Diaw, Pau Gasol