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Washington Wizards Free Agency: Checking in, Part I

June 9th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Andy Livingston

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In the first part of our look at the free agency market, we’re going to establish what realistic players the Wizards could get this offseason. Primary signing goals are still to maintain Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza, but using the Mid-Level Exception, there are a couple of good signees that are out there that could push the Wizards through to the next level.

Greg Monroe

The Pistons were awful last year and have brought on Stan Van Gundy as the new brain trust to usher in the new era, so the last pieces of Joe Dumars might be out the door. Greg Monroe is at a log jam in the front court of the Pistons and although he could grow into a star, the consensus seems to be that it would be easier to build around Andre Drummond.

Monroe averaged 15.2 PPG and 9.3 rebounds, both comparable to Gortat, but at age 23 he could be a part of the wave of the future of a very young Wizards team. Monroe’s ceiling is unpredictable at the moment so he could probably score a lucrative contract, but the desire to get out of Detroit and play with a young and exciting team might get the Wiz a little bit of a break.

Ed Davis

Sitting on the 4 spot behind Zach Randolph on the Grizzlies, Davis never got a ton of playing time, simply because Zbo was too integral to the Grizz offense. His signing seems connected to whether or not Randolph takes his player option and with the Grizzlies front office under a sweeping change, Davis could step into the lineup if Randolph decides the change is too much for him.

Also young at 24, Davis could grow quite a bit if he had more opportunities. He did not show a lot of offensive flash, but that might have to do with the Grizzlies slow pace. Wizards fans and bloggers seem very curious about Boss, but the Grizzlies do have a qualifying offer of $4.4 million and if the Wizards are not sold on him for that amount, he might slip away.

Tags: Basketball, Ed Davis, Greg Monroe, NBA, Washington, Washington Wizards

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