While the Wizards appear to be standing pat on their roster until training camp, they're still remaining active in the market, league sources tell CSNmidatlantic.com. They're content with their starting five and tentatively have 13 players locked into contracts for the regular season, but that doesn't mean they're not scouring what could be available as they seek to lock up a third body on the wing.
The 13 doesn't inlcuded undrafted rookie free agents who received funds to attend training camp.
Alan Anderson appeared to have had the strongest likelihood of returning, after Jared Dudley and Garrett Temple left in free agency, but even that looks very unlikely at the moment. Anderson is coming off a season when two ankle surgeries limited him to 13 games and the Wizards went to watch him train during Las Vegas summer league but left without extending an offer.
They have the $2.9 million room mid-level exception remaining but also have given partial guarantees to Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan and Daniel Ochefu to attend training camp that begins Sept. 27.
Anderson, 33, would give them a veteran on the wing with Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre but the youth of an undrafted rookie in House could be too valuable to pass up and he'd come cheaper. Look at every other position on the team and there are three point guards (John Wall, Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky), three centers (Marcin Gortat, Ian Mahinmi, Jason Smith), three power forwards (Markieff Morris, Andrew Nicholson and Smith) and three shooting guards (Bradley Beal, Marcus Thornton, probably Jarell Eddie or Porter).
This is why House, who is 6-7 and also can play the stretch role at the four spot, has a leg up. He appears to be the perfect "tweener" who can go between both forward positions because he has NBA three-point range now and the physical presence and defensive instincts to hold his own.
In theory, the Wizards could open a roster spot by waiving Eddie before the start of the regular season hough that would seem highly unlikely given they need a reliable shooter and he's 6-7. They paid him $175,000 of his $980,000 non-guaranteed deal earlier this month to push back the full guarantee date.