DeMarcus Cousins and 9 other free agents Wizards could target before returning to play
10 free agents for the Wizards to target
With June 22nd as the likely date for the NBA's transaction window, the 22 teams making the trip Disney World, along with the eight teams eliminated, will be able to sign eligible free agents for the stretch run of the season.
The Wizards have one open roster spot along with two two-way players, so if they decide to use that open spot on a late-season addition, there are a number of intriguing veterans available.
Reminder: Players must have played in the NBA or NBA G-League this season to be eligible.
The Lakers cut DeMarcus Cousins after he tore his ACL in the preseason and to make space for Markieff Morris. Cousins was on track to return by the playoffs before the season was suspended.
If Boogie is healthy and wants to come back for the playoffs ahead of free agency, the Wizards present an opportunity for big minutes and a shot at the playoffs. Then there's the possibility of reuniting with John Wall next season if all goes well.
Iman Shumpert only played 13 games with the Nets this season, but he would offer positional versatility, spot-up shooting and playoff experience to any team he signs with.
NBA teams can always use more wings, and the Wizards are no exception. Adding a player like Shumpert wouldn't be the worst way to use an open roster spot, even if he isn't the shooter and defender he was with the Knicks and Cavaliers.
Similar to Shumpert, Crabbe is another versatile wing who can hit the occasional spot-up three.
Before he was waived by the timberwolves in February, Crabbe was averaging just over 14 minutes per game and shooting 32.4% from the floor. Not great, but wing depth is never a bad thing to have playing toward the postseason.
Before the season was suspended, the Capital City Go-Go signed Jordan Bell to a G-League contract. With an extra look at him and better access to his medical information, Bell would be a safer option to bring on the roster in the 11th hour.
On the court, Bell is an extremely athletic and versatile defender, though he doesn't bring much on offense other than being a lob threat.
Pau Gasol was cut by the Trail Blazers in November and didn't catch on with anyone after, but apparently is eyeing a return if a team is interested in signing him.
It's hard to imagine Gasol being anything more than a veteran locker room presence who could provide spot minutes off the bench, so it's difficult to see the fit for Washington.
Still, seeing a future Hall of Famer on the court again would be cool.
Anthony Tolliver shot over 40% from three with Memphis, granted it was over a five-game sample.
Tolliver is a nice veteran presence and floor-spacer off the bench. However, the Wizards are already set with a floor-spacing power forwards in Rui Hachimura and Davis Bertans.
When you're pushing for a playoff spot, you need players who can hit big shots in big moments. Joe Johnson may be well past his prime, but he can still get you a bucket in a close game.
Johnson hasn't played since the 2017-18 season, though he still qualifies as a free agent for Disney as he spent time with the Pistons in preseason and was ultimately cut in October.
The Wizards probably don't need another guard, so Johnson would be a bit of a reach.
Still, in terms of capable ball handlers who can run an offense and hit shots from the outside, you could do a lot worse than the six-year veteran.
Again, it doesn't make much sense for the Wizards to use an open roster spot on another ball-handler, given they have Bradley Beal, Shabazz Napier and Ish Smith all playing big minutes.
Trey Burke is a bonafide bucket though, so maybe you make an exception for his skillset.
If the Wizards are looking for wing depth and some defensive help off the bench, they could look at an old friend in Anderson to fill a role.
He's struggled to develop as an outside shooter, so I wouldn't expect too much offensively in such a short time period to get acquainted on a new roster.