The Wizards don’t have any draft picks in June, unless they trade their way into the field (extremely unlikely) or end up with a top-three selection in the lottery (even more unlikely). Still, they’ll attend the pre-draft camp in Chicago this week after having requested to the NBA to interview 30 prospects.
They’ll find out by Tuesday how many of those players they’ll be allowed to talk to at the combine that begins the following day and runs through the weekend.
The Wizards will be looking at mostly late picks because some of them will fall completely out and will go undrafted, but that doesn't mean they won't be allowed to talk with some first-round propsects, too. Their primary focus, CSNmidatlantic.com confirmed with several persons with knowledge of the situation, will be young bigs.
With Marcin Gortat and Markieff Morris the only size on the roster under contract for the 2016-17 season, they’re thin. Nene (33) is a free agent and oft-injured and Drew Gooden (34) has a team option. Some of the other bigs to play for them last season, Kris Humphries (traded), DeJuan Blair (traded) and J.J. Hickson (free-agent acquisition), were limited offensively.
The Wizards' first-round pick is top-9 protected and there's a slight chance they could move into the top 3 and keep the pick when the lottery is held May 17. Otherwise, they're slotted at 13th and if that holds the pick will go to the Phoenix Suns because of the in-season trade that brought in Morris. The second-round pick (44th) was dealt to the Atlanta Hawks last year when they traded to get Kelly Oubre.
Jaleel Roberts, who was in traning camp and on the Wizards' summer league team last year as they vested in his development, is a raw 7-footer who they expect to join them again this offseason. He played this past year in Australia.
A benefit to meeting with players now at the combine now will give the Wizards a familiarity with them for later, or even years down the line, when they're on the free-agent market.