In the second part of our look at Wizards Free Agency this offseason, we’re going to examine two players would be great fits, but the pieces don’t really align to sign them unless Marcin Gortat and Trevor Ariza do not sign at all. These two players are above the Mid-Level Exception at this point, at least on paper, and although it’s not impossible to get them for a steal, they could certainly get a decent amount elsewhere.
If Spencer Hawes is on board, the Wizards post strength would increase with athleticism and more points. It would probably decrease in defense, but Wittman could develop Hawes into a better defender, especially if he is willing to buy into a more stable organization and system. His 13.2 PPG and 8.3 RPG are again almost identical to Gortat, he has a couple years younger, but his years of being promising on bad teams might not translate to being good on a good team.
Another long shot, Pat Pat did not have a breakout season statistically, but Patterson shot above average all across the floor, got a solid amount of rebounds nightly, but was hampered by making some bad shooting decisions. He had a good playoff run and considering his size, youth and ability to still be developed he could be a hot commodity if he decides not to re-sign with the youthful Raptors. A possible benefit the Wizards have is the Kentucky connection to John Wall.
A pick and roll scenario with Wall and Patterson could create Lob City East given Patterson’s verticality. And being mentored by Nene and coached by the defensive minded Wittman, he could really turn his career into the next level.
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