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Report: Wizards expected to have interest in Jarrett Allen

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The Wizards' immediate concerns revolve around making the playoffs this season and the rapidly approaching NBA trade deadline, but a recent report suggests they're also looking toward the offseason to improve the roster. 

According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, Washington is one of four teams expected to be interested in Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen during free agency. The Pistons, Raptors and Spurs also plan pursuits of the 22-year-old big man, per Haynes. 

Allen is a restricted free agent this summer, which means the Cavs will have the choice to match any offer sheet Allen signs with another team. They could outright sign him to an extension as well. 

In the Wizards' case, they don't have cap space nor are projected to have cap space this summer, so they won't be able to offer Allen any sort of sizeable offer sheet much less sign him to one. Their avenue to acquire Allen would have to be a sign-and-trade. 

In that case, Washington would have to agree to a contract with Allen, who declined a four-year, $48 million extension with Brooklyn before the season started, and send players to Cleveland to match salary. This is assuming Allen wants to play in Washington and Cleveland would prefer the players they'd be getting in the deal over Allen for basically the same price tag. 

If the Wizards are indeed interested in Allen, it'd be easy to see why. At just 22 years old, Allen has become one the best interior defenders and shot-blockers in the NBA. The Wizards have routinely struggled with their interior defense over the last two years and while Robin Lopez and Alex Len have provided solid resistance in their limited minutes, Allen would present a long-term solution in such a crucial aspect of the game. 

 

The Cavs acquired Allen in January as a part of the James Harden trade in exchange for a first-round pick. Since joining Cleveland, Allen has averaged a career-high 13.6 points on 62% shooting to go along with 9.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.