I've read comments regarding this last roster spot, or at least the last one Ernie intends to fill before training camp. I see repeated mentions of the need for more upside. I couldn't disagree more. The last way I want to judge an incoming player is on his potential.
The Wizards currently have JaVale, Blatche, Nick, Crit, Dom and Foye who are all 26 or younger. Most of them are in desperate need of development and attention. Case in point: NY going into his 3rd year in the NBA and just now begrudgingly learning how to come off screens. It continues with the rest of the crew. Now nearly half the roster will include players who were never taught how to play the right way. That means it has to be done here. 4-6 projects is plenty. No need for another, certainly no need for another when the concrete infrastructure for further development is still drying.
All that gets around to my point. This roster doesn't need any more upside (Ridiculous or not). It needs what I called NOWside, instant, veteran, playoff experienced impact. That's what guys like Joe Smith or Fabricio Oberto bring to this team. These aren't going to develop into playoff caliber reserves in 3 years. They are playoff quality reserves right now. There are enough eggs in the "future" basket. This last spot is about NOW, especially given the fact that this player will have to pick the pieces when Blatche and JaVale can't inside.