NBA Free agency officially starts at midnight. Here's a few of things you need to ponder with the Washington Wizards in mind.
These players either address needs -- primarily stretch-4 and wing depth --, should come at the right price or both. Listed in order of personal intrigue. Thought of with the idea that Paul Pierce sticks around, but could largely work either way. (Names like Mike Dunleavy Jr., Alan Anderson and Dorell Wright join the list if Pierce bolts.) Also intriguing is the idea that some mid-level free agents may opt for 1-year deals to take advantage of the exploding salary cap in 2016.
The Wizards don't have room for huge moves, but they have options. Washington has the mid-level and bi-annual exceptions plus trade exceptions including one for $4.6 million.
Kyle O'Quinn - The 6-foot-10 forward and former Norfolk State star got lost in Orlando's youthful roster. Rebounder with a mid-range game and a developing 3-point shot also provides some rim protection and does so in a burly 25-year-old body. O'Quinn's 14.9 PER last season would have ranked fifth on the Wizards. Restricted free agent, but that shouldn't be deterrent.
Brandan Wright - This is how SBNation describes the springy and unrestricted big man:
Wright is a new-school center who blocks shots and dunks everything. He’s a JV version of Tyson Chandler, more or less. As we’ve learned from Chandler, this type of center needs a virtuoso point guard and a coach who believes in defense first. That said, he’s likely to be a steal for the umpteenth consecutive season.
That description screams John Wall and Randy Wittman, right?
Jared Dudley - As of Tuesday morning we don't even know if the 6-foot-7 forward with 3-point range will actually enter free agency. The 29-year-old must inform the Milwaukee Bucks whether he plans on opting into his $4.25 million contract. Interesting fit even if Pierce stays thanks to his stretch-4 capabilities (career 40% 3-point shooter). Personality plus.
[UPDATE - Dudley did indeed opt in on Tuesday.]
Omri Casspi - The 27-year-old forward from Israel sank 46 percent of his 3-point attempts for the Sacramento Kings after the All-Star break. The 6-foot-9 Casspi also works as a DeMarcus Cousins approved headband adjusting option on the bench. Earned $1 million last season.
Marco Belinelli - Key reserve for the Spurs might bolt as San Antonio focuses on Aldridge and keeping Danny Green. The 6-foot-5 swingman can play all over the court. Strong 3-point shooter. Title-winning experience. Could serve as third guard, but also swing up to small forward. Made $2.9 million last season.
Mirza Teletovic - The 6-foot-9 Bosnian screams stretch-4 target. The 29-year-old was sidelined for four months after blood clots in his lungs were discovered, but he returned in the playoffs.
Jonas Jerebko - Another international forward with perimeter shooting skills. Blossomed following trade from Detroit to Boston. Shot 41 percent from deep and averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18 minutes over 29 games with the Celtics.
Jan Vesely - Nah, he doesn't count among the 10. Just wanted to see if you were still paying attention. By the way, Vesely is only 25. He still gets another shot in the league, right?
Gary Neal - The Wizards still need an instant-offense type scorer off the bench. The Baltimore native has played for four teams over the last two seasons and his 3-point shooting suffered with all the moves. Playing with Wall can help fix that.
Luc Mbah a Moute - Doesn't change the game offensively (39.5 FG%), but the combo forward is considered one of the league's better defenders. Wittman covets defense.
Jason Richardson - Injuries have crushed the power guard in recent seasons. He hasn't played more than 55 games since 2010-11 and turns 35 in January. However, Richardson is a 37% career shooter from beyond the arc. He brings a rugged and tough-minded approach. Can carry an offense for spurts when right. Might come cheap after four seasons playing the Magic and 76ers. This year's Rasual Butler?