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With the bench in dire need of a boost, the Wizards don't have many options in free agency. They'll have to wait until Dec. 15 before they can entertain any moves via trades with free agents who signed contracts this summer. Since that's a few weeks away, there are a few names out there that most teams sitting at 5-10 with playoff aspirations could consider. 

Keep in mind, the Wizards are an over-the-salary-cap team, but they're below the luxury tax. That means they have some wiggle room, and if they went the free agent route it would require them to waive a non-guranteed player (rookies Danuel House, Sheldon McClellan, Daniel Ochefu) which would be without having to pay him to leave or waive a player with a guaranteed deal. This means they'd have to pay his salary, and it would count against the cap. 

Archie Goodwin: The 6-5 guard was a first-round pick who asked for his release from the Suns before this season began, unhappy that he'd be buried on the bench again. In four NBA seasons, he averaged 6.2 points but shoots just 23% from three-point range. He'd be interested if the Wizards were in him, but so far that hasn't happened. Goodwin was released after appearing in three games for the Pelicans this season.

Rasual Butler: The 37-year-old guard/forward had a nice run with the Wizards in 2015-16, when he appeared in 75 games and was a key three-point shooter during their 46-win season that included a run to the conference semifinals. Now he's 37, but in 13 NBA seasons he averaged 7.5 points and 36.5% three-point shooting. He was last with the Spurs, who waived him late last season before the playoffs. 

 

Chris Copeland: A 6-9 combo forward who shoots 36.5% from three-point range in four NBA seasons, he was waived by the Pelicans before the season began. He has played for three teams and averages 5.8 points for his career. The Wizards considered him among free agents they were scouring in the summer of 2015.

Johnny O'Bryant: The 6-9 forward spent training camp with the Wizards and was among the final cuts. A 2014 second-round draft pick whom the Wizards were interested in taking before he was selected by the Bucks, O'Byrant signed a D-League deal but still can land on any NBA roster. In just two NBA seasons, averages 3.0 points and shoots less than 40% from the field (and has never attempted a three-pointer). 

Dorell Wright: The forward averages 8.4 points for his career and 36.5% shooting from three, spending most of his 10 years with the Heat. The 31-year-old was waived by the L.A. Clippers last month and hasn't played in the league since 2014-15.

Are any of these names game-changers? If they were, they wouldn't still be on the market. These are pieces to tighten up the end of a bench, not flip a 5-10 team to 10-5. Any high-impact moves will have to be made through trades, but losing teams must start somewhere to find the right chemistry.

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