LAS VEGAS -- The pool of quality free agents is starting to dry up, but the Wizards still are in a good spot to get exactly what they want with two trade exceptions available and still some talent who can be had at a reduced rate.
The Wizards entered the week with three primary needs to fill: Size for the low post, a shooter/scorer who can create his own shot and third point guard.
They replaced the loss of Trevor Booker with Kris Humphries, who is 6-9 and 235 pounds, Tuesday. And they still have a decision to make on Kevin Seraphin, who was extended a one-year qualifying offer to keep him a restricted free agent for now. A longer deal could be worked out with the 6-10 center or it can be rescinded and he could be allowed to test the market unrestricted. Now that Drew Gooden is locked up, too, that could make Seraphin expendable.
Ten of the 15 maximum roster spots are officially spoken for, not including the $4.6 million option on Andre Miller that's expected to be picked up and Garrett Temple on the verge of officially signing a one-year veteran minimum deal worth $981,084. Al Harrington wants to play again, and he'd command a one-year veteran minimum deal of $1.448 million.
This would leave one or two roster spot available, and here are some of the best fits based on who still is out there:
- Mo Williams: He opted out of a deal with the Portland Trail Blazers that would've paid him $2.7 million this season, looking for more years following a solid performance. Williams can fill two holes at once -- ball-handler and shooter/scorer -- and could be worth a three-year deal at 31 as long as he accepts a lower per-year average from Washington. In 11 NBA seasons, he has a 13.3 points per game average and shoots 38.5% from three-point range. He can play on or off ball.
- Francisco Garcia: He's a career role player who averages 8.0 points in nine seasons. At 6-7, he can play shooting guard which would be another option behind Bradley Beal and Glen Rice. Garcia is a 36.1% three-point shooter and played for the veteran minimum at less than $1 million. He opted out of his deal, doing the Houston Rockets a favor so his salary could come off the books so they could pursue other free agents. He should return, but in case he doesn't he's worth the look.
- Evan Turner: The irony that the No. 2 overall pick in 2010, whose agent has a contentious relationship with Wizards starting PG John Wall, is available. Turner flourished with the Philadelphia 76ers but came unhinged when traded to the Pacers, who renounced his rights so he could become unrestricted. But with a player such as Wall setting the table, Turner could find success with his 11.1 career points per game. Still, his three-point shot is lacking (32.6%) and the Wizards can't/won't pay him what he probably feels he's worth. Turner earned almost $7 million last season.
- Glen Davis: Size and the ability to stretch the floor with a mid-range jump shot, "Big Baby" could fit if Harrington isn't retained. But Davis, who the Wizards inquired about when he was a free agent late last season, has fallen off a bit after seven seasons. He opted out of a deal to pay him $1.4 million with the Los Angeles Clippers and probably wants more than the minimum.
- Khem Birch: Of all the unsigned free agents on the Wizards' summer league team, this 6-9 forward/center has the best chance of sticking. What Birch lacks in artistry, he has in intangibles. Think a more slender version of Booker. Birch was the Mountain West Conference's Defensive Player of the Year and could be signed for as little as the minimum salary of $507,366.
- Daniel Orton: The 6-10 forward/center has been bothered with a mild right calf strain and could be in better shape for the Wizards' summer league team. However, Orton has shown good vision, passing ability and sets solid screens to free shooters. Could be had for the minimum of $948,163.