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Examining the Ex-Wizards Left on the Free Agent Market

August 29th, 2014 at 12:32 PM
By Matt Graber

As the NBA season approaches, free agency has grinded to a near halt. All the big moves have been made, as stars like LeBron James, Chris Bosh, and Paul Pierce have chosen their new teams, or chosen to remain with their old team. The remaining free agency class consists of aging veterans, journeyman, unproven young players and former draft busts. And a lot of former Washington Wizards, apparently. Ex-Wizards who fit each of the aforementioned categories remain on the market, hoping for a chance at a fresh start with a new team. Whether they end up remaining in the NBA remains to be seen, but quite a few of them still have enough in the tank to make an impact.

Andray Blatche – Blatche played the first seven years of his career with the Wizards, from 2005-2012. While in Washington, he showed flashes of potential but developed a negative reputation in the locker room and around the league, exemplifying the blend of on-court skill and poor decision making that was a trademark of many Wizards players during that era. Despite his flaws, the 6'11" Blatche has the size and offensive skill to be a productive NBA player, and he's one of the most talented guys left in free agency. He'll find a new team sooner rather than later.

Jordan Crawford – Crawford, like Blatche, was a talented player that never really fit in with the Wizards. Crawford put up a lot of points, but his me-first style and lack of production beyond scoring never really endeared him to fans or the Wizards organization. He followed his time in Washington with stints in Boston and Golden State. His scoring ability should be enough to keep him in the league in a bench role.

Emeka Okafor – Okafor was traded to the Suns as part of the Marcin Gortat deal, but missed the 2013-2014 season due to a herniated disk in his neck. The veteran Okafor is strong post presence and a productive two-way big, and he's reportedly drawn interest from several teams, including the Heat and Cavaliers.

Antawn Jamison – Jamison was one of the Wizards' most productive players from 2004-2010, averaging over 20 PPG while leading the Wizards to the playoffs three times. Jamison was a versatile scorer and one of the more underrated players of his time, but at 38 his NBA career looks to be just about over, unless he can sign a deal with a contender at the veteran's minimum.

Rashard Lewis – Lewis actually signed with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this offseason, but his contract was voided after the team discovered that his knee required surgery. The Mavericks have since expressed interest in signing him again after his surgery. Whether its with Dallas or another contender, Lewis will likely find a home on a contender looking for a veteran presence, similar to his role in Miami.

Roger Mason Jr. – A DC Native, Mason had two stints with the Wizards, from 2006-2008 and 2011-2012. The veteran guard is a solid three-point shooter and a good locker room guy, so its reasonable to think he can catch on with another team.

Chris Singleton- Singleton was drafted by the Wizards 18th overall in the 2011 draft and soon became yet another Wizards draft bust. Singleton failed to make an impact on the Wizards, but he's young enough that someone else might give him a second chance.

Eric Maynor- Maynor was signed by the Wizards to be their backup point guard, a role he didn't exactly excel in. Maynor was waived by the 76ers in March, and his NBA future looks questionable at this point.

Jan Vesely – Ok, Vesely isn't really an NBA free agent at this point, but this list would feel empty without him. Vesely never quite lived up to those Blake Griffin comparisons, but he did provide some entertaining moments on and off the court. Here's hoping he finds better luck playing overseas.

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