The NBA draft came and went without president Ernie Grunfeld taking a player because the Wizards didn't trade in or purchase a pick.
But they were able to sign two undrafted free agents in Devin Robinson and Michael Young who have a legitimate chance to play their way onto the roster when the regular season tips in four months.
Robinson is an athletic, 6-8 forward with a 7-5 wingspan. He can put the ball on the floor and finish at the rim with authority though he's thin at 200 pounds. He's not just athletic but NBA athletic and shot 39% from the college three-point range.
Young, a senior, is a 6-9 power foward who averaged 19.6 points at Pittsburgh. Robinson was a junior.
Why didn't Wizards buy a pick?
Golden State did it for the second year in a row by purchasing No. 38 from the Chicago Bulls. After paying $2.4 million for that spot last year to get Patrick McCaw, it cost them $3.5 million for Jordan Bell. If a team really likes a player but think he's going to be gone and don't have the pick to get him, this is the easiest move to make if you find another team that wants to unload its selection.
They do so for reasons that go beyond cash such as lack of roster spots available because of guaranteed contracts or because they're just not feeling the players who are left to choose from and would rather just take the money than go through a wasted exercise. After trading the No. 52 pick on Wednesday to get backup guard Tim Frazier, the Wizards felt that Robinson and Young were going to go undrafted and could get them without paying for the pick so they stood pat.
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It was a similar tact taken a year ago with Sheldon Mac and Daniel Ochefu who were signed immediately after they went undrafted and stuck in Washington all seaosn.
What if both players pan out and make the roster?
That's not a problem. That's a good thing. Of course, that won't be known for a long time but that would add some intrigue to the bigger picture cause the Wizards are loaded with fowards: Kelly Oubre, Otto Porter, Jason Smith, Markieff Morris, Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough.
And given his size at 6-7, point guard Tomas Satoransky can be (and has) used as one, too, by coach Scott Brooks. It would be a good problem to have because the Wizards would have extra chips to do something in the trade market during an offseason in which they have almost no cap room. Trades would be the most likely route to do anything significant to upgrade. But that's a long ways away as both have to show well at Las Vegas summer league next month and go from there.
What about a shooter behind Bradley Beal?
There currrently isn't one. Mac has a lot to prove but he's more of a scorer than a shooter at this point. The Wizards like to deploy three forwards which is a way to get around it but there's not a true shooting guard in sight. The league is going to a position-less game where teams are tied into playing two guards, two forwards and a center. But there can never been too many shooters regardless of position.
But if Robinson and Young perform to expectations -- and that's a big if -- they'll be able to address that area. But what was anticipated to be a ho-hum summer league experience just got a lot more interesting.