Now that the calendar has flipped to July, the NBA free agent window is officially open - and the financial frenzy begins. We've been highlighting 2013 free agents while projecting a possible fit with the Wizards (links to all previous profiles are below) and will continue the process especially as rumors and speculation mounts.
Washington currently does not have significant salary cap space for any big-ticket items. Six players from last year's final roster hit the open market this summer including Martell Webster, A.J. Price, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin. Re-signing some or all of the aforementioned free agents is an option, with Webster the most intriguing. Others still on the roster are potential trade candidates, especially some of those in the team's crowded frontcourt.
The Wizards addressed their wing needs by drafting Otto Porter and acquiring Glen Rice, but they still need one if not two backup point guards. Additionally, they could also target a backup behind Bradley Beal, a much-discussed stretch-four and a shot blocking backup behind Emeka Okafor, who is entering the final year of his contract. That's a lot to consider, which is why we want to know these free agents a little better...
Free agent: Eric Maynor, PG, Portland Trailblazers
Vitals: 6-foot-3, 175 lbs. Turned 26 in June
Stats: Splitting his season between the Thunder and Blazers, who acquired Maynor after he fell out of OKC's rotation, the four-year veteran averaged 4.5 points, 2.8 assists and 15 minutes. Those numbers are generally in line with his career averages, though they came after a torn ACL ended his 2011-12 season. The former VCU star entered the league with a driving and mid-range game, though he's improved his outside touch, shooting 38 percent from beyond the 3-point arc in 27 games with the Blazers. He also upped his point guard play in Portland, averaging 4.0 assists in that span, which would represent a career-high over a full season.
The fit: John Wall is sans a backup at the moment and the roster lacks a third guard, like on any level (sorry, not counting Rice just yet). A.J. Price had his moments, but we saw how the Wizards offensive imploded when Wall missed games last year. The reserve unit still lacks notable scorers so adding a capable floor leader is vital and Maynor's has always been that (and now that he's a full year past the knee injury, his game could improve by that alone). Maynor brings postseason experience after his stint with the Thunder, not to mention the NCAA Tournament, which is where he first gained national attention by leading VCU to a stunning win over Duke. Also, at 26 he would become the true veteran of the backcourt compared to Wall, 22, and the just turned 20-year-old Beal.
Chances of becoming a Wizard: Maynor made $2.338 million last year and the market wouldn't seem to be terribly hot for a once promising point guard who has lost that new car smell. One of the primary issues is that his game is not suited to play along side Wall, which limits Randy Wittman's flexibility, something the coach would not like. Otherwise, Maynor is competent, offers good size and experience - and is apparently generating at least some interest from the franchise. Adding the guard who took down Duke with a last second floater would be a fun story, but Wizards seriously neeed a backup PG option. The overall package is nice, just not terribly exciting compared to when he first entered the league. Seeing as Wall offers plenty of pizzazz, Maynor not being terribly exciting is more than fine if he proves steady enough with the ball
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