Chunks of the D.C. area may be without electricity for several days, but there is no stopping the start of NBA free agency, which powers up on July 1. Teams can begin negotiating with players after midnight on Sunday and start formally signing deals on July 11.
Having already put their available dollars to use by acquiring the pricy pair of Emeka Okafor and Trevor Ariza, the Wizards are not expected to be a major factor in free agency. However, the team does have roster spots to fill and areas that need addressing.
With 10 players under contract plus rookie Bradley Beal, four slots remain. Tomas Satoransky, the Czech Republic product and Washingtons second-round pick, is expected to remain overseas at least for the upcoming season though he may join the team for the upcoming Las Vegas summer league. As for how much the Wizards have to spend, read the smart number crunchers at RealGM.
Hoopsworld.com has a detailed list of the available free agents in what is considered just a so-so class headlined by point guards Deron Williams and Steve Nash, neither of whom is play for the Wizards.
Roger Mason and Mo Evans, both assisting Sam Cassell as coaches for the Wizards summer league entry, could return next season. Even with the addition of Beal, the Wizards need more perimeter help and Mason shot 38 percent (59 for 154) from beyond the arc last season. Evans proved valuable as a mentor, though his potential on-court role is murkier with Ariza on the roster.
Swingman Cartier Martin, also a free agent, connected on 39 percent of his 3-point attempts in 17 games for Washington last season. Despite the recent additions, the Wizards still lack a frontcourt presence capable of consistently knocking down open looks from distance.
Another area worth addressing is the backup point guard role behind John Wall. Shelvin Mack remains, but the Wizards second unit would be enhanced with an established floor general directing traffic.