The Washington Wizards really started the off-season with a bang, when they traded away disgruntled forward Rashard Lewis (and his ridiculous contract) to the New Orleans Hornets, in exchange for forward Trevor Ariza and forward/center Emeka Okafor.
For the Hornets, the trade created much desired cap space in order to help them build around their two lottery picks, who ended up being Anthony Davis at No. 1 and Austin Rivers at No. 10. For the Wizards, it added two defensive-minded veterans who can contribute on a nightly basis, something that has been absent from the Wizards for the last two or three seasons.
A couple weeks later, the Wizards used their No. 3 overall selection in the NBA draft to select Florida SG Bradley Beal. Beal is a clear upgrade over current SG Jordan Crawford, whose high volume scoring is better suited coming off the bench and providing a spark.
Because the Wizards are now taking on the contracts of Ariza and Okafor, Washington has little to work with in terms of spending money for free-agency. To help free up more money, while also getting rid of dead weight, it is expected that the Wizards will amnesty disappointing forward Andray Blatche next week, which will give them roughly $12 million to use this summer, if they so choose.
While the Wizards won’t be able to woo in any “sexy” names this summer, there are a few above-average players that could fill needs at a relatively inexpensive price tag.