Realistic big man targets for the Wizards in free agency
Realistic Big Man Options
So Marcin Gortat is on his way to Los Angeles and Austin Rivers will be a Wizard next year. Washington now has only 3 big men on their roster entering free agency and limited cap space to sign power forwards and centers on the open market. Here is a list of realistic unrestricted options for the club once the market opens.
C: Greg Monroe
2017-18 Salary: $5M
Last Year Statistics: 20.4 Min, 10.3 Pts, 6.9 Reb, 0.5 Blk
The former Georgetown Hoya doesn’t fit the mold of the NBA’s modern center, but he is effective on the low block offensively and did take a discount to play with a contender last season.
C: Aron Baynes
2017-18 Salary: $4.3M
Last Year Statistics: 18.3 Min, 6.0 Pts, 0.6 Blk
Baynes showed remarkable touch in the playoffs from long range. He is also a bruiser who is willing to do the dirty work – very similar to the now-departed Gortat.
Update: Baynes will be returning to Boston on a two-year deal worth $11 million.
C: Alex Len
2017-18 Salary: $4.2M
Last Year Statistics: 20.2 Min, 8.5 Pts, 7.5 Reb, 0.9 Blk
Another player with local ties, the former Terp never really panned out in Phoenix after being taking 5th overall in 2013. But, he’s still very young and has a versatile offensive game.
C: Nerlens Noel
2017-18 Salary: $4.2M
Last Year Statistics: 16.2 Min, 4.5 Pts, 5.8 Reb, 0.8 Blk
Noel has been hampered by injury – he’s missed 158 Games since being drafted in 2014 – but is a rangy defender and could fit in nicely as a rim-runner in the Wizards offense.
PF: Ed Davis
2017-18 Salary: $6.7M
Last Year Statistics: 18.8 Min, 5.3 Pts, 7.4 Reb, 0.7 Blk
“Easy Ed” is a veteran who’s provided serviceable minutes rebounding and blocking shots in Portland the last 3 seasons. Would the possibility of an expanded role lure the DC native back to the area?
Update: Davis agreed to a one-year, $4.4 million deal on the opening day of free agency.
PF: Anthony Tolliver
2017-18 Salary: $3.3M
Last Year Statistics: 22.2 Min, 8.9 Pts, 3.1 Reb, 0.3 Blk
Where Tolliver provides value is his accuracy from 3-point range: he shot nearly 5 per game last season and converted on 43.6% of them.
PF: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute
2017-18 Salary: $2.1M
Last Year Statistics: 25.6 Min, 7.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 0.4 Blk
The veteran has earned his reputation as a hard-nosed and dynamic defender that knows how to find his niche on the offensive end.
PF: Ersan Ilyasova
Last Year Statistics: 17.0 Min, 6.3 Pts, 4.7 Reb, 0.3 Blk
After being bought out by the Hawks, Ilyasova took a cap friendly deal with the Sixers to play for a contender. He’s able to handle bigger players on the defensive end at 6’10”, 235 lbs and is an excellent shooter for his position.
Update: Ilyasova will be staying in the East after agreeing to a three-year deal with Milwaukee worth $21 million.