Apr 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Minnesota Timberwolves center Anthony Tolliver (44) reacts after a foul is called against him during a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Target Center. The Grizzlies won 91-84. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE
While the decision to amnesty Andray Blatche did not make a significant impact on the Washington Wizards' salary-cap situation, it did open up a couple avenues such as the room exception (maximum two years starting at $2.5 million) and a few million dollars to make an unbalanced trade. That probably explains why the Wizards are taking a look at former Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver, according to Anthony Tolliver.
"Minnesota and Cleveland are the frontrunners,’’ said Tolliver, who played the past two seasons for the Timberwolves. "But the last time around (when Tolliver was a free agent in 2010), Minnesota wasn’t a frontrunner and came on at the end.’’ Tolliver said other teams in the mix for him are Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Washington. He said the Wizards jumped in after they made Andray Blatche an amnesty victim earlier this week.
Tolliver plays like a stretch four, and I have been clamoring for the Wizards to make a move for a player like him for a while. However, he is coming off an abysmal year in which he shot 24 percent from three-point range and 39 percent from the field while falling out of Minnesota's rotation. That doesn't inspire much confidence.
Of course, two years ago, Tolliver shot 41 percent from three-point range and had a true shooting percentage over 58 percent. If the Wizards could guarantee they got that Tolliver, this is a no-brainer. Alas, they can't.
Therefore, my guess is that Tolliver is a backup plan in case negotiations with James Singleton don't go as expected. I stress that's just a guess, though.