Following the jettisoning of Andray Blatche, the keeping of Cartier Martin and the adding A.J. Price, the Wizards essentially have 13 roster spoken for with 1-2 slots remaining. Roger Mason has now signed elsewhere. James Singleton is apparently not open to signing for what Washington is offering(that could be money and playing time). However, at least two NBA free agents are mentioned as possible slot fillers. We start in the frontcourt with Anthony Tolliver. Reports have the Wizards, Lakers, Bulls and Cavaliers interested in the 6-foot-8 forward tweener forward who spent the past two seasons playing for the Timberwolves. Well, he spent much of the past two seasons getting caught up in a numbers game with theTimberwolves as Minnesota looked for ways to keep Kevin Love on the court (duh), but also several recent first rounders or veteran types. Sound familiar?After averaging 32 minutes during his breakout 2009-10 season with the Warriors, Tolliver received 17 last season, averaging 4.1 points and 3.0 rebounds (dealing with a wrist injury that kept him out for 30 games didn't help his cause). In an interview with the Springfield News-Leader posted this week, the 27-year-old is looking to avoid a similar situation.Sure, the money is important, but I know this time around Im not looking to lock myself in for a whole bunch of years, he said. Right now, Im looking at probably a shorter-term contract, something that gives me a chance to get with a team, play one or two years and show what I can do.Tolliver's got game and a worker bee attitude. Since one of the Wizards remaining free agent forwards is reportedly out on a return to D.C., in theory there is space and if Tolliver wants the gig, that's not a bad way to go for the locals. Then again, it's already a touch hard to figure out how the Wizards will find minutes for all of their recent first rounders and veteran types. Forget rumors: Free agent guard Jodie Meeks, formally of the 76ers, flat outtold Hoopsworld.comthe Wizards are among the teams coming hard at him.Ive gotten interest from the Lakers, Bucks and Wizards, Meeks told Hoopsworld. There are five or six teams, but those three are at the forefront right now because Ive been talking to them the most. I really like those teams and I like what they bring to the table. Im looking forward to signing, whenever that may be.Again, the 24-year-old Meeks is a solid player, has experience (114 NBA starts) and decent touch from distance (36.5 percent from beyond the arc last season).In a pie in the sky in the world, sure bring him on, especially when the Wizards openly talking about a playoff push.But with the sense the Wizards are not offering much more right now to entice free agents - and Meeks is one of the better ones left available - just seems unlikely the former Kentucky product would post here. I also wonder whether the Wizards would want to muck up the off-guard mix by adding another viable option while trying to find hefty minutes for Jordan Crawford and Bradley Beal (plus Martin will see minutes as well). Summer leaguer and training camp invite Steven Gray has the makings of a realistic sixth guard, as it were.What say you. Tolliver? Meeks? Bueller...Bueller??Ben Standig blogs about the Redskins, Wizards, Hoyas and the D.C.area college basketball scene for CSNwashington. You can reach him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, follow him on Twitter @BenStandig and catch his musings at the D.C. Sportalist.
The Washington Wizards hold the 15th and 44th overall picks in the 2018 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects projected to be picked around where the Wizards will select...
2018 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jerome Robinson
School: Boston College
Position: Shooting guard
Max vertical: N/A
2017/18 stats: 20.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.9 spg, 0.1 bpg, 48.5 FG%, 40.9 3PT% (2.3 3PT/5.7 3PA), 83.0 FT%
Player comparison: Danny Green
Projections: NBC Sports Washington 29th, NBADraft.net 16th, Bleacher Report 19th, Sports Illustrated 17th
5 things to know:
*A three-year player at BC, Robinson developed into a big-time scorer before making the leap to the NBA. He averaged 18.7 points as a sophomore and then 20.7 points as a junior while improving his shooting percentages across the board. He went from 42.3 percent from the field as a sophomore to 48.5 in 2017-18.
*Robinson turned himself into an excellent three-point shooter. After shooting just 33.3 percent as a sophomore, he got that up to 40.9 percent as a junior and on 5.7 attempts per game. That trajectory bodes well for Robinson's chances at the next level.
*He has a quick release on his jumper, giving him the ability to be effective on catch-and-shoot plays off screens. Robinson could develop into a reliable scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands as a primary focus of the offense. He also showed the ability to throw down some powerful dunks and finish with creativity at the rim. He didn't record a vertical leap at the NBA Combine, but playing above and around the rim didn't appear to be a problem in college.
*Though it didn't show in his last season at Boston College, Robinson was adept at forcing turnovers in his first two years. He averaged 1.6 steals per game across his freshman and sophomore seasons and 16 times in his career had three steals or more in a game.
*Questions for Robinson would include his versatility and speed. Some draft evaluators wonder if he will be able to get separation off the dribble at the NBA level. Also, he put up decent rebounding and assists numbers in college but didn't exactly stand out in either category.
Fit with Wizards: Robinson would give the Wizards depth at the shooting guard position and they need that. He could help Bradley Beal pare down his minutes and offer a scoring punch off the Wizards' bench. The Wizards could use a reliable shooter to help space the floor for Kelly Oubre, Jr. and others in the second unit.
The problems with Robinson's fit would be his lack of positional versatility and what appears to be a relatively low ceiling. He's not the freak athlete that some of his counterparts are at shooting guard. If the Wizards are choosing between Robinson and guys like Zhaire Smith and Lonnie Walker IV, they could view the latter two as more enticing because of their potential. Robinson would represent a safer pick while others could pay off big-time and have a greater impact on the franchise in the long-term.
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They broke down five prospects and their potential fit with the Wizards: Moe Wagner of Michigan, Michael Porter, Jr. of Missouri, Grayson Allen of Duke, Collin Sexton of Alabama and Omari Spellman of Villanova.
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