The Washington Wizards were one of the disappointing teams this season as they fail to qualify for the playoffs despite a very talented team. The Wizards have a new coach in Scott Brooks who can help players like John Wall blossom even more.
According to the rumors in Washington, their primary target will be Kevin Durant this summer but they understand that signing him will be very difficult despite having the hometown advantage. The Wizards will also need to re-sign Bradley Beal while building the team to be contenders.
Washington already has a good team with Wall, Beal (if re-signed), Otto Porter, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat in their lineup. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Wizards should sign Ryan Anderson who will challenge Morris for a starting spot or become the team’s sixth man.
Anderson is just 28 years old and is a career 38 percent shooter from the three-point area. In 66 games for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, he averaged 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists while only starting in seven games.
“If Washington wants to really go pace-and-space, it needs a stretch four who can spell Morris, or spot start if necessary, depending on matchups. It wouldn’t be a mistake to pursue him,” Aldridge wrote.
The Wizards will have the money to sign Ryan Anderson but there are also cheaper options via the trade market. Aldridge mentioned that Washington could explore trades to acquire players like Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings and Ian Clark from the Golden State Warriors to bolster their bench.
Casspi can knock down threes like Anderson and is under contract for the 2016-17 season for only $2.9 million. On the other hand, Clark is a 25-year-old swingman that worked his way into the Warriors rotation and shot 36 percent from threes.
Washington certainly has a lot of big decisions to make this summer. They need to have a good backup plan if KD decides to snub his hometown. Signing Ryan Anderson is a big step down but the Wizards will have to start somewhere to improve their already talented team.
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