The NBA Draft is next week, and while the Wizards are almost done with workouts with mostly free-agent rookies their next step isn’t clear yet. They can go several different ways:
- The Wizards don’t have any draft picks but hold out the possibility of finding their way into the second round because the Boston Celtics (eight) and Denver Nuggets (five) have a lot of picks. It's a weak field outside the top 10 and some teams, especially Boston, would like to trade or sell spots. Buying a pick sounds great but it's a waste of cash if the player isn't good enough to make the regular-season roster. Mid-to-late second-round picks are hit or miss in any draft. Mostly miss. Waiting until after the draft to sign them as free agents without that financial committment that ties up cap space is preferred. If Robert Carter somehow drops far enough, maybe that plan changes.
- Even if the Wizards wanted to get back into this draft, they don’t have assets they're willing to part with. They’re not going to trade any of their core players -- John Wall, Marcin Gortat, Markieff Morris, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre or Bradley Beal (restricted) under contract to get a second-round pick. And they aren’t going to trade future picks because the 2017 draft, for instance, is expected to be significantly deeper. If there was a year to trade draft picks, it was 2016.
- After the draft, the Wizards will hold a workout for veteran free agents. The day hasn’t been determined and they’re trying to play this close to the vest. One report suggested Bobby Brown, who was a candidate for a 10-day contract last year as the Wizards were heading into the playoffs, had received an invite for a workout. A person with knowledge of the situation told CSNmidatlantic.com earlier this week that Brown had declined a free-agent workout invitation last summer but hasn't been extended another one by the Wizards. Whether or not Brown shows up, or did or didn't get an invite really is a minor detail. The workouts will be closed. There will be high interest because the Wizards will have as many as nine roster spots open.
- During 4th of July week, they’ll hold mini-camp for Las Vegas summer league. They’ll pare down those invitees and take 12 players with them to compete in the annual tournament for young NBA players, undrafted free agents and veteran free agents. Summer league will run July 8-18 in Las Vegas.