Now that Paul George is off the board, heading to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Wizards can move on with their re-signing Otto Porter to a healthy extension.
They'll have two exceptions under the $99 million salary cap at the mid-level ($8.4 million) and bi-annual ($3 million) which allow them to exceed it.
Their two biggest needs when the period opens officially at 12:01 a.m. are a shooter behind Bradley Beal and a wing and/or on-ball defender. In the latter, they could be able to find both in one package.
Since the Wizards don't have much wiggle room, they'll likely act quickly.
- James Johnson (Heat): I voted for him as Sixth Man of the Year. It was a breakout season. He was able to defend -- and play on offense -- all five positions. Miami didn't make the playoffs, but it was the first team to maximize his skill-set at just $4 million. Chances are the 30-year-old will cash in with a big offer which would put him out of Washington's range. But he averaged a career-high in points (12.9), rebounds (4.9) and assists (3.6) off the bench. Can count the number of players in the league who can defend 1-5 on one hand. Johnson is one of them.
- Tony Allen (Grizzlies): Averaged 9.1 points in 66 starts but even at 35 he's an All-Defensive player. Allen gets his offense in the open court and off transition rather than half court. He lives to defend.
- Thabo Sefolosha (Hawks): He's a wing defender who can make the occasional three. Earned $4 million and given his limitations and age (33), shouldn't be expensive.
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- Justin Holiday (Knicks): Who wouldn't want to get out of New York? He completed the second year of a two-year deal that paid him $2 million. Dropped a career-high 7.7 points and shot 35.5% from the field. Not staggering numbers but good enough to sell upside if he plays on a good team where he can get set up for better shots. His pricetag should be in the Wizards' wheelhouse.
- Jodie Meeks (Magic): Comes at a low risk with a high reward. The downside is he has played an average of 33 games in each of the last three season. When he plast played a full season, Meeks averaged 15.7 points for the L.A. Lakers. Earned $6.5 million in Orlando last season and it's unlikely he'll be in high demand given his recent injury spate. But he can shoot 40% from three.
- Ben McLemore (Kings): Never took off despite being a lottery pick and Sacramento has given up on the shooting guard. He shot 38.2% from three last season but fell out of the starting lineup in averaging 8.1 points. He's just 24 and earned $4 million in 2016-17.