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Report: Wizards trying to trade Nene

Washington Wizards v Dallas Mavericks

DALLAS, TX - DECEMBER 30: Nene #42 of the Washington Wizards makes a pass out to a teammate against Richard Jefferson #24 of the Dallas Mavericks on December 30, 2014 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Danny Bollinger/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Wizards are interested in signing David West, who would provide solid depth and mid-range jump-shooting behind Marcin Gortat and Nene.

Or maybe West would just replace Nene in the starting lineup.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Nene is owed $13 million next season in the final year of his contract.

If the Mavericks miss out on DeAndre Jordan, they’d be a good fit for Nene. Maybe the Lakers – who keep their 2016 first-round pick only if it’s in the top three – want a short-term boost if they strike out in free agency. Though Nene isn’t a perfect fit, the Kings could absorb him to save face if they can’t find better use for their recently cleared cap room.

There should be interest once Jordan and LaMarcus Aldridge sign.

Depending where the cap falls, the Wizards could carve out up to $13.8 million in cap space by dumping Nene. It’s unclear how they’d use that – especially because they’re probably loathe to sign players to multi-year contracts that interfere with their Kevin Durant-in-2016 plans. But it would lower their payroll and create flexibility. I’m not sure that’s worth losing a solid player, but it’s also possible Nene – who turns 33 before the season – declines to the point he becomes difficult to move.