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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

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Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

Wizards bringing in UNC teammates Coby White and Nassir Little for pre-draft workout

The Wizards are holding their highest-profile pre-draft workout yet on Monday, hosting UNC teammates and projected lottery picks Coby White and Nassir Little. 

White earned All-ACC and All-Freshman honors during his lone season in Chapel Hill, averaging 16.1 points and 4.1 assists per game. Little's season with the Tar Heels did not go as smoothly as White's, but he is an NBA-ready athlete with tons of upside. 

Both White and Little could be options for the Wizards at No. 9 and would provide solutions to some of Washington's major needs. White would give the Wizards a primary play-maker while John Wall recovers from his Achilles injury, while Little would fill Washington's hole at small forward and bring some much-needed defense and rebounding to the team.

Before White and Little, the Wizards had brought in very few projected lottery picks during their pre-draft process, outside of Kentucky forward Keldon Johnson and French prospect Sekou Doumbouya. But with the 2019 NBA Draft looming on Thursday, the Wizards are ramping up their search for the player they'll pick at No. 9. 


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Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

Anthony Davis trade to Lakers gives Silver Spring's Josh Hart fresh start with Pelicans

The Anthony Davis trade will have ripple effects across the NBA, not only on teams, but also on the players involved.

Josh Hart, who was traded from the Lakers to the Pelicans as part of the package for Davis on Saturday, could stand to benefit from the move.

First, here's a look at all of the assets reportedly swapped in the deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Now, where does the Silver Spring, Md., native figure in the proceedings?

Hart spent his first two NBA seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 7.9 points in 24.4 minutes per game in his two years in Los Angeles. 

Still, Hart was often the Lakers' third or fourth option at shooting guard behind starter Brandon Ingram and shared minutes with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Reggie Bullock and Lance Stephenson. 

LeBron James and the Lakers' win-now strategy left little room to develop Hart last season.

Now in New Orleans, he is part of a franchise rebuilding around presumptive No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. The trade gave the Pelicans both a younger roster and a long enough timeline for success to develop players.

That can only be good news for Hart, giving him the chance to start fresh and impress Pelicans general manager David Griffin and head coach Alvin Gentry with his potential. 

Where the Sidwell Friends alum fits into the lineup depends on several factors.

At first glance, the new-look Pelicans could start Lonzo Ball at point guard, move Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, then complete the lineup with Ingram at small forward, Williamson at power forward and Julius Randle at center. 

If both Ingram and Holiday remain healthy, Hart would compete with Stanley Johnson to be the first wing off the bench for New Orleans.

But if Ingram does suffer recurring issues related to blood clots, Hart could press his case to start. 

The only issue complicating his place in New Orleans' plans is the No. 4 pick that was traded from the Lakers.

If the Pelicans keep that pick and draft a wing player like Jarrett Culver, Hart could find himself on the outside looking in again.