So with the completion of the Jamison trade, the Wizards have closed the book on the Big-3 era. The Polins, through Ernie Grunfeld have dumped Wizards assets for expiring contracts. Meanwhile, each trade lowered the team's Luxury Tax payment, until, voila - no more Tax liability this year.
In addition (or subtraction, depending on your viewpoint), the Wizards are now very well positioned to be under the Salary Cap next year. I assume they'll resign Randy Foye, since his Qualifying Offer is only $4.6 Million (less than the MLE). For purposes of this article, I'll also assume they won't pick up the option for Josh Howard. Even though he could regain his form from a few years ago, his $12 Million salary for next year just doesn't seem to fit with what the Wizards have done to shed salary.
We've also heard rumors, reported by Michael Lee, that the Wizards would like to re-sign Mike Miller. So for the sake of putting some numbers down, I assume that Mike will be resigned to a 3-year deal for around $21 Million - with the 3rd year a team option year.
After the jump, I'll talk about some things they can do to fill in the roster.
After the Wizards sign their two First Round draft picks and a Second rounder, they'll have 12 players under contract for the 2010-2011 season.
Before I get to the trades and signings, here's what the Wizards Salary situation looks like after the current trades are factored in - and assuming Josh Howard is not picked up; and Mike Miller and Randy Foye are signed.
Projected 2010-2011 Roster
PG Arenas / Foye
SG Miller / Young / Ross
SF Thornton / McGuire
PF Blatche /?????
C McGee / ????
So you can see there are some holes to fill in the roster; so drafting big, or signing minimum contract Free Agent big men should be the focus. I'd advocate resigning Oberto, except that we've seen this year that he sucks; but there should be a dearth of serviceable bench big men available in Free Agency.
They could re-sign Singleton. At 6'9" he could be an adequate bench big; and from what we saw last night, he could be more than adequate. I'd also suggest perhaps trading Mike James for Jarred Jeffries and a pick. (Or James + Oberto for Jeffries and Hill) . Both James and Jeffries make the exact same salary this year, so it would be a neutral trade for this year's Cap. Jeffries is extremely versatile (he can play 3 positions - four in a pinch); and he still plays pretty good Defense. His contract does not extend past the 2011-2012 season, so he becomes a trade asset next year - - and of course another prospect (Hill) or a pick would be the incentive to take that extra year.
Obviously, there's the entire Summer to get through... and the draft... but it's never too early to start thinking about the future. What are your thoughts on how to round out the roster? Who do you think the Wizards should target in Free Agency? Who should they draft?