Assuming we draft Wall and keep Arenas, how does the rest of the roster shape up?
1) Do we pick up the team option on Josh Howard? All indications are that we will NOT pick up his option. If we don't, then we are about $19 Million under, as opposed to $8 Million if we do bring him back. From a basketball standpoint, we would only pick up Howard's option if we think that John Wall would develop more as a player playing with an experienced wing. From what little I saw of him, J-Ho is a pretty pedestrian player at this point. So, best to part ways.
2) Do we give Randy Foye a QO? I see no reason to do so. Since we are not going for a championship, a backup PG might as well come from the D-League and get league minimum, or get a veteran where only part of his salary counts toward the cap (Steve Blake?).
Assuming Quinton Ross picks up his option, that leaves us with John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, Andray Blatche, Javale McGee, Al Thornton, Nick Young, Ross, pick #30, and our 2nd round draft pick. Assuming we want 15 players, that leaves us with 6 open spots, and about $18 million in cap room. Who should we pursue?
3) Do we make a run at a JJ, Amare, Boozer, Bosh, Dirk, or Rudy Gay? I say no. The team should be built around Wall. Signing a mega FA makes us good, not great. Ask the Charlotte Bobcats how it feels to be good, not great. With John Wall, we have a chance to be the best in the NBA. Let's not sabotage it by surrounding him with overpaid, ego-driven veteran. We need to have patience. Get another good lottery pick next year.
4) So, if we don't go after a mega free agent, who fills out the roster? Here is a list of players I like, that won't break the bank: Josh Powell, Shannon Brown, Deron Washington, JJ Redick (assuming Orlando makes him a QO, making him a RFA), Steve Blake, Travis Outlaw.
5) Another option is to trade for Eddy Curry and Danilo Galinari. We would probably have to throw in the #30 pick.
What players would you like to see the Wizards pursue this summer?