Price, 'Rip', among top NBA free agents

Price, 'Rip', among top NBA free agents
September 3, 2013, 10:30 am
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At this point the Wizards are done targeting free agents, having filled all 15 roster slots before training camp opens at the end of this month. Still, rainy day planning is a thing - who imagined John Wall missing several months at this point last season - so it's important to know the available options just in case. put together a list of 10 remaining free agents, a group that included those with ties to the local team.

1. Richard Hamilton. Let’s be kind here and say Rip is not exactly at the peak of his powers anymore (he shot 42.9 percent last season and is not a strong threat from three). But he still got 9.8 points a game for the Bulls when healthy. As a veteran off the bench who would play limited minutes and has championship experience you could do worse.

*In a world in which the Wizards don't draft Otto Porter, Glen Rice Jr. or any wing player but instead selected an interior option (thus eliminating the need for Al Harrington), Hamilton could have filled the veteran-scorer-off-the-bench-that-backs-up-Bradley Beal role. One issue with Hamilton is that his game has always required him running off constant picks to get open. When he was arguably the NBA's top mid-range shooter, cool, but that's far too big of a scheme tweak to make for a limited role player even if he can still score.

6. Shavlik Randolph. Only got in 16 games for the Celtics last season, but didn’t look too bad when he did (he shot 58.3 percent). You could do worse for a reserve big off the end of bench.

*Part of Washington's 2012 summer league roster, Randolph is the type of competent, low maintenance player contending teams like having as the 14-15th man on a roster. Should the Wizards wind up with an available roster spot thanks to a late trade, why not Randolph.

7. A.J. Price. The Wizards played him a lot last season (he started 22 games) because they had to, and he showed he’s not great at running a team. But he wasn’t a disaster (PER 12.4) and could fill a role if you brought him off the bench in a limited role.

*This situation is more about money than talent, which is why heading overseas is an option. Price, a positive in the locker room, is coming off the best statistical season of his career. Granted, that's not a terribly high bar, but the talkative floor leader proved competent. The Wizards also decided to go elsewhere for John Wall's primary backup by signing Eric Maynor. At this point, nobody is arguing they made the wrong decision.

8. Josh Howard. The question here is simply one of health — he has not played in more than 43 games (during the lockout season for the Jazz) in the past four seasons. With that his efficiency has dropped as well. Do you think he’s right now?

*To answer that question from a far, no. Injuries limited Howard to only 22 games over parts of two seasons with the Wizards.