Quick Links

NBA free agents 2015: Who's left?


NBA free agents 2015: Who's left?

NBA free agency started wild, turned wacky and now has gone rather quiet, especially for the Wizards. Washington is currently locked into 15 guaranteed contracts for next season, meaning no available roster spots at present. Things could change if the organization pulls of a trade or another transaction, but for now they are good to go. 

If somehow a spot opened up, at present the Wizards could use some young legs up front. Their top four big men - Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kris Humphries and Drew Gooden - are all over 30. One of their own free agents, Kevin Seraphin, remains available, along with Darrell Arthur and former Georgetown standout Henry Sims.

There is always an argument for a third point guard especially if Garrett Temple ends up playing more on the wing, though there are plenty of options now that Alan Anderson, Gary Neal, Jared Dudley and Kelly Oubre Jr. are on the roster along with Bradley Beal, Otto Porter and Temple. Yes, Andre Miller remains a free agent. No, he's not a viable option at this point. Though not on this list, the Wizards are getting a good look at Scott Machado during summer league.

Other notables still out there though not necessarily ideal for the Wizards includes Josh Smith, J.R. Smith, Tyler Hansbrough, Carlos Boozer and Jason Terry. Tristan Thompson is expected to ultimately re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


As for the remaining pool of free agents, below is a current list sorted by team (H/T 247Sports). 

ATL: Elton Brand, John Jenkins

BOS: None

BKN: Jerome Jordan, Darius Morris

CHA: Jason Maxiell, Jeffrey Taylor

CHI: Nazr Mohammed

CLE: Kendrick Perkins, James Jones, J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova (RFA), Tristan Thompson (RFA)

DAL: Bernard James, Greg Smith

DEN: Darrell Arthur, Ian Clark

DET: John Lucas III, Tayshaun Prince

GSW: Ognjen Kuzmic (RFA)

HOU: Josh Smith, Jason Terry, K.J. McDaniels (RFA)

IND: Chris Copeland, Donald Sloan

LAC: Glen Davis, Dahntay Jones, Hedo Turkoglu, Ekpe Udoh

LAL: Vander Blue, Carlos Boozer

MEM: None

MIA: Michael Beasley

MIL: Shawne Williams

MIN: Justin Hamilton, Arinze Onuaku, Robbie Hummel (RFA)

NOP: Jimmer Fredette, Jeff Withey (RFA), Norris Cole (RFA)

NYK: Quincy Acy, Travis Wear

OKC: None

ORL: Ben Gordon, Willie Green

PHI: Jason Richardson, Glenn Robinson, Henry Sims, Ish Smith

PHO: Earl Barron

POR: Dorell Wright

SAC: Reggie Evans, Ryan Hollins, Andre Miller

SAS: Jeff Ayres

TOR: Landry Fields, Tyler Hansbrough, Chuck Hayes, Greg Steimsma

UTAH: None

WAS: Rasual Butler, Will Bynum, Kevin Seraphin

Quick Links

Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero


Wizards' first pre-draft workout to feature Kentucky's Diallo, UMBC's upset hero

The Washington Wizards will hold their first pre-draft workout on Tuesday at Capital One Arena and the group of six players features some familiar names. 

Included in the mix is guard Jairus Lyles, who starred for the Unversity of Maryland-Baltimore County and helped lead them as a 16-seed over top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA Tournament. It was the first 16-over-a-1 upset in the tournament's history.

Here are the six players with some notes on each one...

Chris Chiozza, guard, Florida (6-0, 175)

Chiozza played four years at Florida and finished as the school's all-time assists leader. He averaged 11.1 points, 6.1 assists and 1.9 steals per game as a senior.

Hamidou Diallo, guard, Kentucky (6-5, 198)

Diallo redshirted in 2016-17 and played one season for the Wildcats. He averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. Diallo measured 6-foot-6 with shoes at the combine and boasts a 7-foot wingspan.

Tiwian Kendley, guard, Morgan State (6-5, 190)

Kendly was a big-time scorer at Morgan St., averaging 21.0 points as a redshirt junior and 26.1 points as a senior. He took a lot of shots, however, averaging 18.2 field goal attempts on 45.3 percent from the field this past season. Kendley starred at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland before joining the college ranks, first at Lamar Community College.

Jairus Lyles, guard, UMBC (6-2, 175)

Lyles was the leading scorer for the Retrievers this past season as they became the biggest underdog Cinderella in NCAA history, defeating the No. 1 Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 20.2 points and shot 39.0 percent from three on 6.1 attempts. Lyles began his college career at VCU and played high school ball at nearby DeMatha.

Doral Moore, center, Wake Forest (7-1, 280)

A three-year player at Wake Forest, Moore had a breakout season as a junior with averages of 11.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. Moore played with Sixers star Ben Simmons in high school.

Ray Spalding, forward, Louisville (6-10, 215)

Spalding played three years at Louisville and averaged 12.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.5 steals per game as a junior. He posted a 7-5 wingspan at the NBA Combine. Spalding played with Jazz star Donovan Mitchell in college. 

NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!


Quick Links

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

2017-18 Wizards roster review: Mike Scott

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Mike Scott's season...

Player: Mike Scott

Position: Power forward

Age: 29

2017-18 salary: $1.7 million

2017-18 stats: 76 G, 18.5 mpg, 8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 0.3 spg, 0.1 bpg, 52.7 FG%, 40.5 3P%, 65.8 FT%, 59.0 eFG%, 109 ORtg, 111 DRtg

Best game: 12/9 at Clippers - 22 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 9-for-11 FG, 3-for-4 3PT, 28 minutes

Season review: The 2017-18 Wizards season was full of unpredictability and the most positive surprise had to be the comeback of Mike Scott.

The Wizards signed Scott to a veteran minimum contract last offseason after a workout at Capital One Arena. This came just months after he had felony drug charges dropped in the state of Georgia, he lost 25 pounds and rehabbed a leg injury. That spring he had wondered, and justifiably, if his NBA career was over.

Scott overcame all of those odds to not only return to the NBA, but re-establish himself as a productive player off the bench. No one was more consistent start-to-finish in the Wizards' second unit than Scott was.

Scott earned a significant role in head coach Scott Brooks' rotation out of the preseason and stayed there. He reached double-figures in 31 of his 76 games, second only to Kelly Oubre, Jr. on the Wizards. 

Scott's primary value was on offense. He scored inside and out and got his points with remarkable efficiency. He led the Wizards and was tied for 11th in the NBA in effective field-goal percentage. He was second on Washington in field goal percentage and third in three-point percentage. 

Scott closed the season strong, reaching double-figures in scoring in seven of the last nine regular season games. He carried that over into the playoffs with 46 points through their first three games against the Raptors. 

Now comes the question of how much money Scott earned himself with his comeback year and whether the Wizards can afford keeping him. Since they are in the luxury tax, they will have little money to spend this summer. 

The way to keep Scott would be to use the remainder of their taxpayer mid-level exception, but that figures to be only about $1.9 million, not much more than what Scott made in 2017-18. Given how well he played this season, it would not be surprising if he earns much more than that.

Potential to improve: Free throw shooting, forcing turnovers, ability to guard bigs

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

NBC Sports Washington is on Apple News. Favorite us!