Ian Mahinmi to Sign with Wizards: Latest Contract Details and Reaction

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 3, 2016

Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi (28) keeps the ball protected as he works against the defense of Houston Rockets forward Clint Capela (15) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)
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On Saturday, Ian Mahinmi announced that he intends to sign with the Washington Wizards:Β 

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According to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps, Mahinmi agreed to terms on a four-year, $64 million deal with the team.

The Wizards were among the teams that were pursuing free-agent center Al Horford. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Horford was "incredibly intrigued" with Washington's roster. Horford, however, all but confirmed he's going to the Boston Celtics:

Al Horford @Al_Horford

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With the four-time All-Star off the board, the Wizards focused their attention on Mahinmi. The 29-year-old is coming off a career year with the Indiana Pacers, averaging 9.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.

Mahinmi was a good defender inside. According to NBA.com, opposing shooters made 55.6 percent of their shots inside six feetβ€”4.4 percent below the league average. Indiana was 3.8 points better per 100 possessions when the Frenchman was on the floor, per NBA.com.

SB Nation's Bullets Forever wasn't thrilled to see what the Wizards offered Mahinmi:

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Well, 4/64 for Ian Mahinmi is better than 4/64 for Timofey Mozgov.

Similarly, ESPN.com's Zach Lowe didn't offer a hearty endorsement of the move:

Zach Lowe @ZachLowe_NBA

I guess you can play Gortat and Mahinmi 24 minutes apiece or something. I like Mahinmi. Fair contract. Not cleanest fit, but Wiz need bodies

Whereas Mahinmi excels on the defensive end, Marcin Gortat is known more for his offense than defense under the basket. Since their skill sets don't overlap all that much, head coach Scott Brooks could play both Mahinmi and Gortat at the same time. But that would mean moving Markieff Morris to the 3 or leaving him on the benchβ€”neither of which is a good scenario for the Wizards.

Washington could look to trade Gortat. The fact he's due a little over $38 million the next three seasons might have scared off teams in past years, but that salary is looking a little more reasonable with the cap rising. The Wizards should find some suitors for Gortat in the event they make him available.


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