The Washington Wizards will not have much money to spend in free agency and they have some of their own players to re-sign, which could affect the positions they target. With that in mind, here are some potential bargain options expected to be available this summer at the guard position...
Patrick Beverley, PG
Age: 30 (turns 31 in July)
2018-19 team: Clippers
2018-19 salary: $5M
2018-19 stats: 7.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 5.0 rpg, 0.9 spg, 40.7 FG% (2.5/6.1), 39.7 3PT% (1.4/3.6)
Analysis: This could make sense if the Wizards realize quickly in free agency that Tomas Satoransky isn't coming back. If Satoransky returns, and that's what the Wizards hope, then Beverley would probably be too expensive. But from a playing style standpoint, he fits perfectly with what they desperately need. The Wizards were one of the worst defensive teams in basketball last season and lacked an overall edge. Beverley would form a tough frontline with Bradley Beal and add outside shooting.
Rajon Rondo, PG
2018-19 team: Lakers
2018-19 salary: $9M
2018-19 stats: 9.2 ppg, 8.0 apg, 5.3 rpg, 1.2 spg, 40.5 FG% (3.8/9.4), 35.9 3PT% (1.1/3.1)
Analysis: Here's another option that only really works if Satoransky leaves. But Rondo would be cheap by starting point guard standards and, in theory, could help the Wizards on the defensive end. If Washington is hell-bent on competing for the playoffs this season, Rondo could be among their best options to run point. He still can't shoot, but could run the offense as a stopgap until John Wall returns.
Wayne Ellington, SG
2018-19 team: Heat/Pistons
2018-19 salary: $6.3M
2018-19 stats: 12.0 ppg, 1.5 apg, 2.1 rpg, 1.1 spg, 42.1 FG% (4.1/9.8), 37.3 3PT% (2.9/7.8)
Analysis: The Wizards may not be able to afford Ellington, but he shouldn't command major money, so it's possible. He would be an excellent fit on their bench and could probably play alongside Beal in three-guard lineups. The biggest selling point point is shooting. Ellington would give the Wizards another three-point threat and they are probably going to need some shooters this offseason, especially if they let Bobby Portis walk in free agency.
Ian Clark, SG
2018-19 team: Pelicans
2018-19 salary: $1.8M
2018-19 stats: 6.7 ppg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 rpg, 0.4 spg, 39.4 FG% (2.5/6.4), 32.7 3PT% (1.1/3.4)
Analysis: Clark wouldn't cost much, especially given he's coming off a down year. He is supposed to be a consistent three-point shooter, at least he was in Golden State. When he hit free agency two years ago, he was coming off a year in which he shot 37.4 percent from three. But since, he has shot just 32.2 percent. The Wizards could take a flier on him much like they did with Jodie Meeks. The Meeks deal didn't work out, but maybe Clark would.
Quinn Cook, PG
2018-19 team: Warriors
2018-19 salary: $1.5M
2018-19 stats: 6.9 ppg, 1.6 apg, 2.1 rpg, 0.3 spg, 46.5 FG% (2.8/5.9), 40.5 3PT% (1.1/2.7)
Analysis: Cook is from the D.C. area and starred at DeMatha High School. He is a 41.8 percent three-point shooter for his career and proved in this year's playoffs he can be counted on in big moments. But there is speculation that he and Kevin Durant want to play together next year and the Wizards don't have a realistic shot at signing the latter. The Wizards, though, could possibly offer Cook a chance to start. Maybe that could help sway him.
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