Refresher course: The Wizards roster, remaining needs

Refresher course: The Wizards roster, remaining needs
August 1, 2014, 6:00 am
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The Wizards were crazy active on the transaction front for a few days in mid-July. Like most of the NBA overall, things have gone quiet in Chinatown ever since (not sure anyone noticed with so much focus on the summer of 2016). Now that the calendar has flipped to August, here's a reminder of where the roster stands and what, if anything, is to come.


  • Bigs: Nene, Marcin Gortat, Drew Gooden, Kris Humphries, DeJuan Blair, Kevin Seraphin
  • Small forwards: Paul Pierce, Otto Porter, Martell Webster
  • Guards: John Wall, Bradley Beal, Andre Miller, Garrett Temple, Glen Rice Jr.

Options for final roster spot

  • Al Harrington - The strong locker room presence and 16-year veteran says he wants to keep playing. Lots of bigs already on the roster, but no real stretch-four.
  • Combo guard - With Webster recovering from back surgery, do the Wizards have a true backup for Beal? As great as Rice played in the summer league, he's yet to prove he can play consistent minutes on the NBA level. Temple can defend two-guards, but provides minimal offense. Having another shooter in general or an additional point guard option behind Wall and 38-year-old Andre Miller wouldn't hurt.
  • Khem Birch - Birch shined for the Wizards summer league team as a rebounder and shot blocker, but seems like this ship has sailed now that Seraphin signed his qualifying offer. 

Available free agents

  • Greg Monroe (Pistons) and Eric Bledsoe (Suns) are the remaining high-end options. Both are restricted free agents and both are likely to stay with their respective teams, though the Bledsoe-Phoenix relationship seems strained these days.

  • Other notable names remaining in free agency include Andray Blatche, Emeka Okafor, Mike Scott, Jordan Crawford, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Michael Beasley and Francisco Garcia. Only CDR and Garcia would make much sense for the Wizards at this point.

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