Now that the Wizards' season is over, and the NBA draft is next month with a No. 19 overall pick, the bigger picture is the offseason. They'll have decisions to make on the roster which has four unrestricted free agents, two player options and a mammoth contract that will be expiring:
- Rasual Butler: The forward appeared a total of 7:29 in the postseason, both times in a first-round series with the Toronto Raptors. Butler was on a veteran minimum deal of $1.4 million and given how much he cost he brought a lot of value early when the Wizards got out to a 31-15 start. He sputtered late. At 35, he started to lose his legs though he could still find a roster spot somewhere because shooters at the end of benches are always needed.
- Drew Gooden: At 6-10, he gave the Wizards a viable option off the bench behind Nene because he could stretch the floor to the three-point line. Gooden completed his second consecutive season with the Wizards and can find an NBA job if he still wants to play at 33. He'll no longer be collecting amnesty paychecks from the Milwaukee Bucks, and if the Wizards want him to stay it'll be closer to the vet minimum of $1.4 million again. Gooden has size, versatility and is content with his role. That makes him the strongest possible returnee amongst this group.
- Will Bynum: The 6-0 guard signed in late March and played spot minutes on a pro-rated salary. When John Wall went down with a broken left wrist, Bynum's presence was key in helping them win Game 3 with clutch free throws to end the game. Bynum was added to bolster a bench that was thin on guard play. It's not very likely that he stays given that the primary backup role belongs to Ramon Sessions and the Wizards probably want to add a better shooter.
- Kevin Seraphin: He's not returning. The center scored a career playoff high 13 points in Game 6. He wants playing time and a chance to start, and with Marcin Gortat entering the second year of a five-year deal that pays him an average of $12 million per, Seraphin will have to go elsewhere. He'll command more money in the open market than what the Wizards would be willing to offer him as a backup.
- Paul Pierce and Garrett Temple: Both have player options. Temple will play, obviously, and has a good rapport with coach Randy Wittman because of his work ethic and commitment to defense. Every playoff team has a sparsely used player off the bench who can defend the perimeter and they come inexpensively (Temple made the $980,00 vet minimum). At 6-6, he's also great on the practice court when pushing Wall and Bradley Beal. Last season, the Miami Heat, who had Temple in training camp, made him an offer but he chose the Wizards. Pierce, 37, might choose to retire. If he does opt to play, it'll be in Washington but perhaps in a reduced role at small/power forward.
- Nene: The 6-11 forward is owed $13 million. It's a large contract but it is expiring which could make him a valuable trade chip February 2016.
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