Teams are making more shifts, after Anderson Varejao revealed that he was going to sign with the defending champion Golden State Warriors, to reshape their rosters heading into the playoffs.
Varejao was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers, who bought out the 6-10 center/forward. He cleared waivers and became a free agent. The Warriors are in needed without centers Andrew Bogus (sore Achilles) and Festus Ezeli (knee surgery) and offer the 33-year-old his best chance to win his first title.
David Lee was picked up by the Dallas Mavericks, after being released by the Boston Celtics.
That takes two names off this list published yesterday by CSNmidatlantic.com -- taking into account that the Wizards have an open roster spot that can be filled with a free agent on the market -- but adds two new ones:
SG John Jenkins: Released by Dallas after appearing in just 21 games, he was a first-round pick in 2012 and averaged a career-high 6.1 points his rookie season with the Atlanta Hawks. It's hard to judge Jenkins' progress since then but at 6-4 he has good size and has shown potential. It could be a matter of finding the right situation. Fit for the Wizards? No. They're comfortable at his position though an injury could change that.
PF/C Jason Thompson: Released by Golden State, he averaged 2.1 points and 1.9 rebounds in 28 appearances. Thompson spent his first seven season with the Sacramento Kings for whom he averaged double figures in points three times and as much as 8.5 rebounds per game. He's still relatively young at 29. Fit for the Wizards? Yes. Thompson is athletic and runs the floor well.
The Wizards have a Disabled Player Exception for Martell Webster that has yet to be used. They can add someone for about $1 million-plus and still be under the luxury tax or the DPE expires March 10.