To state a few things: Resign Nick Young, Resign Javale McGee, Resign Ronny Turiaf, Amnesty Andray Blatche, Fire Flip Saunders, trade Rashard Lewis (2013 expiring contract), trade Jordan Crawford (by himself for a second rounder or w/ Lewis for a first rounder), cut Mo Evans and Hamady N'Diaye
That will leave the Wizards roster as such...
That leaves 10 of 15 roster spots filled... if you look, the two most pressing needs on this roster is shooting guard depth as well as the power forward position... and a coach.
First things first: the Washington Wizards sign Armond Hill as their new head coach. Coach Hill comes to Washington after spending 7 years as one of Doc Rivers' most trusted assistants in Boston. With him will come the Princeton offense (which is anything but new to the Wizards... it was run from 03-08 under Eddie Jordan) and an emphasis on defense, as any former Celtics assistant over the past decade or so would have.
Second things second: THE DRAFT... The Washington Wizards look to have a top 5 draft pick (who knows? the Lottery process is tricky..). However, the guy the Wizards want is surely to be gone within the first 3, if not 2, draft selection. Good thing the Wizards already have 2 second rounders and 2 more second rounders or another first rounder (from the Rashard Lewis and Jordan Crawford trades). That puts us w/ a high first rounder, a low first rounder, and two second rounders. With such ammunition, no prospect is too high. The Washington Wizards trade their highest first rounder and two second round picks to select... Jeremy Lamb. Roster issue number two is solved. With their late first round pick, the Washington Wizards select Tyler Zeller, center out of North Carolina...
That will leave the roster as such...
John Wall, Shelvin Mack, Nick Young, Roger Mason Jr., Jeremy Lamb, Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, Ronny Turiaf, Tyler Zeller, Javale McGee.. 12 roster spots filled, 3 more to go. However, the PF position has yet to be addressed.
Wellllll, what have we been gaining cap space for? 2012 FREE AGENCY! Nevertheless, our Wiz Kids won't go crazy looking for star power, but instead for reasonable players that are fit for the future. We'll outbid the Sacramento Kings for the services of PF J.J. Hickson and sign free agent rebounding monster Reggie Evans, who currently plays for the Los Angeles "Lob City" Clippers.
(Just a side note... rebounding has been an issue for awhile now, but a second unit boasting veteran rebounding and defense - Evans and Turiaf - will also instill some of that spirit in the young ones...)
That leaves the roster as such...
John Wall, Shelvin Mack, Nick Young, Jeremy Lamb, Roger Mason Jr., Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin, J.J. Hickson, Reggie Evans, Ronny Turiaf, Tyler Zeller, Javale McGee... 1 spot left.
The spot needing the most veteran presence at this point is the small forward position. The future looks bright w/ defensive stalwart Chris Singleton and "the European Blake Griffin" - Jan Vesely (although we've yet to see him in regular season action), however they may still need a veteran there to show them some of the nuances of the game. Enter AK47... Andrei Kirilenko is a veteran 3 who is very capable is shooting the tre-ball, which he'll be called upon plenty of times to do in the Princeton offense.
The Washington Wizards of the regular season opener, 2012
Point Guard - John Wall, Shelvin Mack
Shooting Guard - Nick Young, Jeremy Lamb, Roger Mason Jr. (also PG depth)
Small Forward - Chris Singleton, Andrei Kirilenko, Jan Vesely
SF/PF - Trevor Booker
Power Forward - J.J. Hickson, Reggie Evans
PF/C - Kevin Seraphin
Center - Javale McGee, Ronny Turiaf (also PF depth), Tyler Zeller
(End Comments - I see this as a very possible outcome over the next season. After watching tonights game, I think that a change in coaching and getting rid of some cancers is beneficial to the future of the franchise...)
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