The NBA continues to evolve into a more positionless brand of basketball and, according to Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard, that will affect how the organization value centers in the future.
They have a high-priced center on their roster in Ian Mahinmi, but his contract expires after this season. Once he is off the books, don't expect the Wizards to allocate a ton of money to a five in free agency.
Sheppard described the Wizards' philosophy regarding centers during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Sunday afternoon:
"If you look at the way the game is played, it's harder and harder to have significant money tied in to one player at the center position. We found it as a necessity to do center-by-committee. We're pleased with the progress of Thomas Bryant, Moe Wagner, and Anzejs Pasecniks," he wrote.
This was in response to a question about the Wizards' center of the future and how it could be a big priority in the offseason. Sheppard suggested it won't be, at least in terms of resources spent.
Keep that in mind if the Wizards are tied to free agent bigs like Tristan Thompson, whom they showed some interest in at the trade deadline last month. Andre Drummond is another name that could be floated out there.
The Wizards won't have a ton of money to play with in free agency anyways, but don't expect it to go towards a center.
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