October 1, 2020

Washington Wizards: 2015 NBA Free Agency Tracker

NBA Free Agency is a mad house for all 30 teams and impossible to keep track of for the ordinary fans on their own. To get an idea of just how crazy the first day of NBA free agency was alone, teams agreed in principle to $1.4 billion in salaries.

With the Wizards losing out on the services of The Truth, it is possible that they will be a bit more active this year. However, the Wizards are still hoping for the services of home town product Kevin Durant nest summer so all their moves until then will have the #KD2DC movement taken into account.

Wizards have essentially no cap room but can use mid-level, bi-annual, and trade exceptions. UPDATE: Wizards have used their larger trade exception, bi-annual exception, and most of their mid-level exception on Jared Dudley, Gary Neal, and Alan Anderson, respectively.

The following list of individuals who the Wizards have been reportedly linked to (this list will be updated at all times).

  • Derrick Williams: Former King and second overall pick behind Kyrie Irving is an undersized power forward that was possibly asked to do too much. Williams has now agreed to a 2 year $10 million deal with the New York Knicks.
  • Wayne Ellington: Former Timberwolves first round pick, last year with the Lakers, the shooting guard has a stroke from beyond the arc. Ellington signed a two year deal with the Brooklyn Nets, who look to replace now Wizards Alan Anderson, worth $3.068 million.
  • Mike Dunleavy: The Bulls veteran three point threat who was a thorn in the Wizards side in the 2014 playoffs. The former Duke product would go on to resign with Chicago at 3 years for $15 million although he was rumored to have had other offers.
  • Rodney Stuckey: The longtime Piston combo-guard was an interest of the Wizards because of his consistent double digit points per game production. Stuckey resigned with the Pacers at 3 years for $21 million.
  • Alan Anderson: Former Net is an interest of the Wizards for wing depth and potentially as a replacement for Pierce. Anderson signed a 1 year/$4 million deal with the Wizards using up part of the team’s mid-level exception.
  • C.J. Watson: The well traveled point guard was in interest of the Wizards two years ago for his three point ability, something that both John Wall and Ramon Sessions lack. The former Pacer has again drawn the Wizards interest. Watson would go on to sign a 3 year $15 million deal with the Orlando Magic.
  • Chris Copeland: The former Knick and Pacer could be a candidate for the Wizards at stretch 4, which is widely believed to be Washington new #1 priority. After shooting the ball with great accuracy from beyond the arc in his first two seasons in the league, 42 percent (92 of 219), the Virginia native shot a woeful 31 percent (52/167) from deep last year. Copeland signed a one year deal with the Milwaukee Bucks in the amount of $1.15 million.
  • David West: The longtime Hornet (New Orleans) and Pacer is a better version of Nene as he is a more consistent pick-and-pop shooter and more efficient from the free throw line. West might not take the mid-level exception ($5.5 million) after opting out of his $12.6 million option, so unless the Wizards are able to make cap room by trading away Nene, they might lose out to San Antonio or Cleveland. The veteran PF signed with the Spurs for the veterans minimum. Although West thinks that he will have a better chance of winning a title with the likes of Tim Duncan and LaMarcus Aldridge, the fact that the Wizards are vying the interest of quality free agents is promising with next summer approaching.
  • Gary Neal: The former Towson Tiger is returning to the DMV area on a 1 year deal for $2.1 million that will use the Wizards bi-annual exception. Neal fills the three point shooting hole for the Wizards, as behind Bradley Beal (after the departure of Pierce), John Wall made the second most three pointers (20) for the team after the all-star break.
  • Kevin Seraphin: The backup center for the Wizards last year is looking for an opportunity to start, but that does not mean the Wizards are still not interested in returning the services of the French native. The Lakers (although they have acquired Roy Hibbert), Suns, and Spurs (if they miss out on David West) are also reported to be interested in Seraphin. Another option for the Wizards is the signing of Seraphin with the mid-level exception and then trading him to a team like the Clippers who have a void after not resigning DeAndre Jordan. Seraphin signed with the New York Knicks on a 1 year deal worth $2.8 million, sacrificing the money now in hopes of cashing in next summer.
  • Drew Gooden: The veteran stretch four signed another one year deal with the Wizards, this time for more than the minimum because of his higher value during the last two playoff runs.

The Wizards acquired Jared Dudley from the Bucks, which may take the Wizards out of the running for names like Williams and Copeland. They could instead decide to heavily purse a wing player with their mid-level exception worth $5.5 million, but the pickings are becoming mighty slim.

With little cap space and no desire to take away any money from a run at Kevin Durant next summer, the Wizards will likely be done with major transactions especially as their roster is now full with guaranteed contracts.

For the latest on everything Wizards leading up to the 2015-16 season, return to District Sports Page frequently.

About Neil Dalal

Neil Dalal is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Wizards, and Maryland Terrapins. Neil grew up in Silver Spring, MD and attends the University of Maryland. Neil has loved everything related to the Redskins, Wizards, Capitals, and Terrapins since he was eight years old. However, he favors the Orioles, as he started watching baseball before the Expos moved to DC. You can follow Neil on Twitter @NeilDalal96.

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