Four wild days of NBA free agency are in the books. Most of the biggest targets are now in new homes (LaMarcus Aldridge, DeAndre Jordan, Greg Monroe) or stayed put (Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Kawhi Leonard) or remain waiting just cause (LeBron James, Marc Gasol). Notables from the other tiers are now off the table, including upside big men (Brandan Wright), steady veterans (Mike Dunleavy Jr.,), shooters (Marco Belinelli), floor leaders (C.J. Watson) and lottery tickets (Thomas Robinson).
Yet viable free agents remain. Here's a look at the best remaining targets with the Wizards in mind (so no James, Gasol or Tristan Thompson), but first:
- As of Sunday morning the Wizard's depth chart includes 13 players. Logic suggests at one of those spots goes for a tall player seeing as they haven't replaced either Drew Gooden or Kevin Seraphin. There is some reason to think the replacement might be the actual Gooden (stretch-4, rebounder, locker room plus) and perhaps even the real Seraphin.
- The Wizards don't have to fill out the entire roster now. Last season they kept space open heading into training camp and Rasual Butler grabbed the opportunity. Perhaps former Maryland guard and undrafted rookie Dez Wells becomes this year's 15th man. One report suggests they might target a big man and a wing sooner than later.
- Four remain off the initial of 10 names to watch for the Wizards, a group that included Jared Dudley and Gary Neal. However, Omri Casspi and Mirza Teletovic are stretch-4 types and Washington already acquired Dudley. Jason Richardson could become an interesting veteran scorer off the bench, but that also describes Neal. The final name, Luc Mbah a Moute, could work as a defender/combo forward, but at 6-foot-8 he doesn't have rim protector size.
- Power forward David West reportedly remains a target for the Wizards, Spurs and Cavaliers. The ex-Pacer's best hope for playing time might be in San Antonio even with the Aldridge signing. Of the three, Cleveland has the clearest path to the NBA Finals. Washington can in theory pay the highest salary thanks to the mid-level exception. His mid-range is on point and West's veteran presence would offset the loss of Paul Pierce. Still hard seeing how he fits with Nene, but he would help.
- Guard Rodney Stuckey, forward Josh Smith, bench scorer J.R. Smith, power forward Darrell Arthur, athletic swingman Gerald Green, wing shooters Dorell Wright and Wayne Ellington are among the other top names seemingly in play for just about any team.
- Stuckey would become Washington's third guard and second unit go-to scorer. Again, it would seem this ship has sailed after the Neal signing. Same goes for Wright and Ellington.
- Neither of the talented, but super frustrating and high volume shooting Smith's can be considered seriously for coach Randy Wittman. On some level, same goes for Toronto's Lou Williams. Chemistry concerns exist with the reigning NBA sixth-man of the year.
- Arthur is a physical presence inside, albeit undersized to play heavy minutes at center. This might not be an issue for Washington if they view Nene as Gortat's primary backup.
- Green is a fan favorite thanks to his dunking prowess, though his game has evolved beyond just plays above the rim. Solid scorer and 3-point shooter who averaged 20 minutes a game last season. Hard seeing how he gets that kind of run with the Wizards unless the team see Dudley purely as a 4-man and wants another small forward to pair with Otto Porter. Wright (38% 3pt shooter) could also enter this discussion.
- If you notice, no real centers mentioned so far. Seraphin is arguably the top option left now that Kousta Koufas (Sacramento) and Bismack Biyombo (Toronto) signed with new teams. Ample playing time doesn't exist in Washington on the surface. Yet the same thing was said for Seraphin going into last year and he tied John Wall for second in games played (79). Though not a shot blocker, he can certainly score and would be the only true 4/5 in the rotation under 30. Perhaps both sides agree that a one-year deal serves all needs. Seraphin's side probably wants to hear from center needy teams like the Clippers before making a move.