April 26, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Alonzo Gee (33) dribbles against the Chicago Bulls during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Cavaliers 107-75. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
Depending on what the Washington Wizards do with Andray Blatche and Rashard Lewis, they could have around $12 million of salary-cap space to spend this summer. It remains to be seen if the Wizards actually use it or bank it towards the 2013 class, but in any event, there are a number of free agents that could help the team's push into playoff contention. We'll take a look at several of those options in this running series. Next up: Alonzo Gee.
PREVIOUSLY: Eric Gordon, Nicolas Batum, O.J. Mayo, Ryan Anderson, Courtney Lee, Gerald Wallace, Ersan Ilyasova, Carlos Delfino, Lou Williams, Danny Green, George Hill, Marco Belinelli, Landry Fields, Brandon Rush, CJ Miles, Kris Humphries, Jeff Green, Gerald Green, Kirk Hinrich, Goran Dragic.
Team: Cleveland Cavaliers
Type: Restricted free agent.
This past year: Grew into a pretty useful rotation player, seizing the starting small forward spot from Omri Casspi and providing the Cavaliers a nice energy jolt. He continued to be aggressive taking the ball to the basket, especially off shot fakes behind the three-point line. Defensively, he showed a willingness to body guys one-on-one, though he was still prone to being put off-balanced. All in all, it was a nice season of growth.
Why he's fit in well: He's quite athletic, very young and should be very good playing with a guy like John Wall, especially in the open floor.
Why he might not: He's still not a great perimeter shooter, and while he plays hard, he still has to work on his defensive technique and his floor balance offensively.
Likely price tag There have been some reports that the Suns would be willing to give Gee a four-year, $16 million offer sheet to try to pry him away from Cleveland.
Verdict: Everyone who has been reading this site for the past two years knows my affinity for Gee's game and my disappointment that the Wizards let him go in 2010. However, I like Gee a lot more when he's a D-League guy playing for the minimum than a free agent playing for $4 million a year on a four-year contract. I see lots of potential in his game, but there are still a lot of rough edges to smooth, and I'm not sure this current roster is the best place to smooth them.