There are big names available in free agency in 2012, players like Dwight Howard, Deron Williams, and Gerald Wallace could opt out of their deals, Steve Nash, Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan are UFA's, and there's the long list of restricted guys from the 2008 draft class.
The Wizards will have money to spend, but we all acknowledge that money alone might not be enough to swing a big name player to come to DC. So instead of focusing our hopes on potential "fools gold" like Kevin Love or Eric Gordon, perhaps, the Wizards will need to be a little more creative to try and find that "almost there" player that they can over pay for and steal away from other teams.
Current Orlando Magic PF and upcoming restricted free agent Ryan Anderson could be that guy for this franchise. Anderson is only 23 years old and is already one of the league's best big man shooters. Obviously playing alongside a true dominant post player like Howard makes Anderson's job easier, but his overall package of skills is very enticing for me.
Anderson is averaging nearly 18 ppg on only 13 shots, while sinking over three 3 pointers per game. That tells me that he could easily produce for the Wizards as their starting PF and basically take on the same shots and minutes that are currently being given to Andray Blatche. My point being, Anderson is not going to demand the ball and take away opportunities from other players in order to get his numbers.
I see Anderson as a good pick n roll partner with Wall, in addition to being able to hit the pick n pop jumper consistently, not to mention that Anderson is extremely athletic, which fits in with the rest of the overall scheme they've created. Like Kevin Love, Anderson can drain the outside jumper, which can create better floor spacing for John Wall and/or Jordan Crawford to attack the paint.
Since these are our Wizards, I'm not banking on a top 2 draft pick, but most likely picking in the 3 to 4 range. With that said, the opportunity to draft a perimeter player like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, sign a young proven PF prospect in Ryan Anderson, and still have room to re-sign McGee (or have $10-15 mil to use on another player) seems like a major improvement to the long term direction of the franchise.
As for what Ryan Anderson would cost? I think 4 years for $30 to $35 million would be enough to keep the Magic from matching and not feel like they're over paying for a realistic 20 and 10 player.
What do you think about Ryan Anderson? Would you be happy with a MKG-Ryan Anderson combo being the Wizards major moves of the offseason?