For the second year in the row, the Wizards had a top 10 defense which is a major emphasis for coach Randy Wittman. It's an identity that he won't abandon anytime soon, and whoever he brings in during free agency will have to at least show a commitment in that area.
The catch is, however, finding players who can keep the momentum going there without the Wizards losing their offensive efficiency. That's going to be easier said than done should the Wizards not re-sign Trevor Ariza.
Free agent: SG/SF Thabo Sefolosha, Oklahoma City Thunder. Unrestricted.
2013-14 salary: $3.9 million.
Vitals: 6-5, 215 pounds. 30 years old.
Career averages: 5.8 points, 3.7 assists, 1.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 44.2% FG. Last season: 6.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 41.5% FG. Went from starting all 61 games he played in regular season to a rarely used reserve in the Western Conference finals.
The fit: Sefolosha is on his way out of Oklahoma City. He isn't an upgrade offensively and would represent a major step back on that end. Sefolosha can hit the occasional open shot when he spots up, but he's not a threat off the dribble which is a major area of weakness for the Wizards as a whole. Back on the good side of things, he's a good locker-room presence and has the maturity that Wittman covets. He could be a starter who averages 30 minutes per game or come off the bench and logs significant time pending matchups.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Unlikely. If the Wizards lose Ariza, Sefolosha could be a good replacement because he can defend the same position because of his length and athleticism. Problem is, they already have a long, defensive guy with offensive limitations off the bench in Garrett Temple, an unrestricted free agent himself who comes cheaper, and Otto Porter entering his second season.