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NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015


NBA free agents: Entire class of 2015

Here's a league-wide list of all NBA Free Agents in 2015. Various team and player options must be declared before free agency begins July 1. More on several of these options as possible fits for the Wizards in the coming weeks.

KEY: (T) = Team option. (P); (P) = Player option; (R) = Restricted free agent 

Atlanta Hawks: Pero Antic (R), Elton Brand, DeMarre Carroll, John Jenkins, Paul Millsap.

Boston Celtics: Brandon Bass, Jae Crowder (R), Luigi Datome (R), Jonas Jerebko.

Brooklyn Nets: Alan Anderson (P), Jerome Jordan (R), Brook Lopez (P), Mirza Teletovic (R), Thaddeus Young (P).

Charlotte Hornets: Bismack Biyombo (R), Gerald Henderson (P), Al Jefferson (P), Jason Maxiell, Jeff Taylor (R), Mo WIlliams.

Chicago Bulls: Aaron Brooks, Jimmy Butler (R), Mike Dunleavy, Kirk Hinrich (P), Nazr Mohammed.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Matthew Dellavedova (R), LeBron James (P), James Jones, Kevin Love (P), Shawn Marion, Mike Miller (P), Timofey Mozgov (T), Kendrick Perkins, J.R. Smith (P), Tristan Thompson (R), Iman Shumpert (R).

Dallas Mavericks: Al-Farouq Aminu (P), J. J. Barea, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis (P), Raymond Felton (P), Bernard James (R), Richard Jefferson, Rajon Rondo, Greg Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Charlie Villanueva.

Denver Nuggets: Darrell Arthur, Will Barton (R), Ian Clark (R), Jameer Nelson (P).

Detroit Pistons: Joel Anthony, Reggie Jackson (R), John Lucas III, Cartier Martin (P), Greg Monroe, Tayshaun Prince, Shawne Williams.

Golden State Warriors: Leandro Barbosa, Draymond Green (R), Justin Holiday (R), Ognjen Kuzmic (R), Brandon Rush (P), Marreese Speights (T).

Houston Rockets: Patrick Beverley (R), Corey Brewer (P), K.J. McDaniels (R), Josh Smith, Jason Terry.

Indiana Pacers: Lavoy Allen, Chris Copeland (R), Roy Hibbert (P), Luis Scola, Donald Sloan, Rodney Stuckey, C.J. Watson, David West (P), Shayne Whittington (R).

Los Angeles Clippers: Glen Davis, Dahntay Jones, DeAndre Jordan, Hedo Turkoglu, Ekpe Udoh, Austin Rivers.

Los Angeles Lakers: Vander Blue (R), Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis (P), Wayne Ellington, Jordan Hill (T), Wesley Johnson, Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Price.

Memphis Grizzlies: Nick Calathes (R), Marc Gasol, Jeff Green (P), Kosta Koufos, Beno Udrih (P).

Miami Heat: Michael Beasley (T), Goran Dragic (P), Luol Deng (P), Dwyane Wade (P).

Milwaukee Bucks: Jared Dudley (P), Jose Gutierrez (R), Khris Middleton (R).

Minnesota Timberwolves: Chase Budinger (P), Kevin Garnett, Justin Hamilton (R), Robbie Hummel (R), Gary Neal, Arinze Onuaku (R).

New Orleans Pelicans: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Luke Babbitt, Norris Cole (R), Jimmer Fredette, Eric Gordon (P), Jeff Withey (R).

New York Knicks: Quincy Acy (R), Cole Aldrich, Lou Amundson, Andrea Bargnani, Shane Larkin, Alexey Shved (R), Jason Smith, Lance Thomas, Travis Wear (R).

Oklahoma City Thunder: Enes Kanter (R), Kyle Singler (R).

Orlando Magic: Willie Green, Tobias Harris (R), Kyle O'Quinn (R).

Philadelphia 76ers: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Jason Richardson, Glenn Robinson III (R), Thomas Robinson, Henry Sims (R), Ish Smith.

Phoenix Suns: Earl Barron, Danny Granger (P), Gerald Green, Brandon Knight (R), Marcus Thornton, Brandan Wright.

Portland Trail Blazers: Arron Afflalo (P), LaMarcus Aldridge, Steve Blake (P), Joel Freeland (R), Alonzo Gee, Robin Lopez, Wesley Matthews, Dorell Wright.

Sacramento Kings: Omri Casspi, Reggie Evans, Ryan Hollins, Andre Miller, Derrick Williams (R).

San Antonio Spurs: Jeff Ayres, Aron Baynes (R), Marco Belinelli, Matt Bonner, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green, Cory Joseph (R), Kawhi Leonard (R).

Toronto Raptors: Landry Fields, Tyler Hansbrough, Chuck Hayes, Amir Johnson, Greg Stiemsma. Lou Williams.

Utah Jazz: Jeremy Evans, Joe Ingles (R).

Washington Wizards: Rasual Butler, Will Bynum, Drew Gooden, Paul Pierce (P), Kevin Seraphin, Garrett Temple (P).

MORE: Will Pierce leave Wizards and go west? Rumors have resurfaced

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With John Wall's injury in mind, defense should be big priority for Wizards in 2019 draft

With John Wall's injury in mind, defense should be big priority for Wizards in 2019 draft

The Wizards will not truly know what they have in John Wall following his Achilles surgery until he returns to game action, and that may not be until the 2020-21 season. He is expected to be out at least 11 months, but there is a chance he misses a full year and owner Ted Leonsis has already endorsed the idea, if it is the best course for his recovery.

The Wizards, though, can start taking measures for Wall's return as soon as this week with Thursday's NBA Draft. Using the draft, trades and free agency, they can begin to build a roster around Wall to increase the odds he comes back an effective player.

Much of the analysis of how Wall will be affected by the injury has focused on the offensive end and whether he will lose some of his trademark speed. But there is an argument to be made that the defensive end will be a larger concern and the best area to find Wall some help.

Offensively, Wall will still have strengths to play to even if he is no longer the fastest, quickest player on the court. He is one of the league's best passers. When committed, he rebounds well for his position. And he could expand his game to the post with a size advantage over most of his opponents.

Would a more consistent three-point shot help? Sure, but he can still be effective.

Defensively, it might be a struggle and especially early on. He will be tasked with staying in front of cat-quick point guards like Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Russell Westbrook and Kemba Walker. Wall already had his defensive issues before the surgery and matters will only be more difficult now after an injury known for affecting lateral quickness.

What the Wizards can do is try to build a defensive foundation around Wall to mitigate those potential problems. They can surround him with physical perimeter defenders and install rim protection behind him. Then, Wall would be asked to do less. He could focus on playing sound team defense and directing his opponents into traffic created by his teammates.

The problem is that the Wizards will essentially have to build their defense from scratch. Though they have some capable defenders like Bradley Beal and Troy Brown Jr., and though Dwight Howard's rebounding will help, the Wizards are coming off a year in which they had one of the worst defensive units in the league. 

The Wizards were 27th in defensive rating and 29th in points allowed. They gave up the fifth-most three-pointers and at the fourth-highest percentage. And they surrendered more field goals within five feet of the rim than any other team.

Defense has been highlighted as a major long-term need by the Wizards' current staff, though they still hold the 'interim' label until further notice. Under head coach Scott Brooks, the team has made strides on offense but has lost their way defending the ball. They want more balance moving forward.

Several of Brooks' assistants are not under contract for next season and the team has explored hiring a defensive specialist, according to a person with knowledge of their plans. One assistant who could be replaced is Maz Trakh. He is in contract limbo and has not been present at the team's pre-draft workouts.

NBA coaches, though, can only do so much. A defensive renaissance will have to come from the players.

The Wizards will have some options that could help when they are on the board with the ninth overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. It could be a shot-blocker like Bol Bol, Brandon Clarke or Jaxson Hayes. Nassir Little would add toughness to the perimeter. Sekou Doumbouya would give them versatility.

Revamping their defense probably wouldn't include re-signing Bobby Portis or Jabari Parker, the latter of which has a team option the Wizards are likely to decline later this month. Thomas Bryant and Tomas Satoransky aren't lockdown defenders, either, but do offer some upside on that end.

With limited money to spend, free agency won't offer any quick fixes for the Wizards. The best they could likely do is find cheap players to help begin an overall culture change. 

When it comes to the draft, the Wizards do not have the luxury to draft solely for need. They have to get the best player available, no matter the position. That could even be a point guard, despite Wall being due $170 million over the next four years.

But it might be smart to favor defense over offense and the same applies to free agency and beyond. That approach could come in handy once Wall is ready to go.


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Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

Tom Haberstroh: 'I just don't know if the timing is right' for Masai Ujiri to join Wizards

As soon as the clock hit zero in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and cemented the Toronto Raptors as the 2019 NBA Champions, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted that the Wizards were preparing to make a lucrative offer to Toronto GM Masai Ujiri. 

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig confirmed that Washington was prepared to give the Raptors top front office executive a deal that would be hard to refuse.

The rumored interest in Ujiri became the topic of the most recent Wizards Talk Podcast discussion, and Monday, NBC Sports NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh spoke on the potential pairing. 

"If you're Ted Leonsis and the ownership in D.C., you're hoping that the Raptors are out [of the playoffs] early so you can start the talks and you can try to lure Masai Ujiri over a few days or a week but they dont have that time before Thursday's draft," Haberstroh said.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai to make such a huge decision in his career in the next couple of days."

Ted Leonsis' offer isn't the only factor trying to bring Ujiri to the nation's capital. The Raptors' executive has a relationship with former President Barack Obama, which could weight in the Wizards favor, and Ujiri's wife, Ramatu, attended high school in the D.C. area as well.

"If he takes this job, it is not about the basketball reasons, its all about the off-court reasons, whether it's Barack Obama recruiting him, or it's his wife who is from the area," Haberstroh added.

While Wizards fan would welcome Ujiri to Washington with open arms and hope that he is the missing piece to set the franchise in the right direction, Haberstroh isn't sure that Ujiri bolts from Toronto so soon.

"I just don't know if the timing is right for Masai Ujiri to leave a champion in Toronto," Haberstroh said.