Apr 6, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Wizards forward James Singleton (3) takes a shot against the New Jersey Nets during the first half at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
The Wizards have not re-signed James Singleton and it's deja vu, all over again. Of course, the situation is different this time. The balance and character of the roster is much improved so this isn't as disappointing as it perhaps might have been. Llamaman pointed out:
14th and 15th guys off the bench have no affect on W-L. Ted isn’t cheap, but he also won’t spend money without a reason, and in the NBA there is absolutely no reason to pay anything more than the minimum for the last two spots on the bench.
Also, both had offers on the table, but declined because of playing time concerns.
And of course, the Wizards forward rotation isn't exactly shallow. Playing Big Game James at small forward has come up many a time in conversation, but for now, let's just say he's a power forward. The Wizards sign him and he's sitting behind Nene Hilario, Trevor Booker and Jan Vesely. I am not considering Chris Singleton at PF. Also factor in Ted Leonsis' stated goal of making the playoffs, then hit the jump.
Nene is playing through plantar fasciitis during the Olympics, which became inflamed during the 2011/12 regular season. Trevor Booker missed time suffering plantar fasciitis during the close of the season, as well. Jan Vesely has added a significant amount of weight, a few of us have wondered/worried if he's added too much, too fast. In short, it wouldn't be a surprise if Jan missed time. And of course if Emeka Okafor goes down, Nene will pick up minutes at Center...assuming he isn't injured. A 6th big man, a 14th/15th roster spot might take on considerably more value this season than you might otherwise believe.
Look at John Lucas III and his value to the Bulls when Derrick Rose missed time. Do they take the 76ers to six games without him? Cold comfort to fans, but definitely a bottom-line issue, which Singleton's minimum offer had to take into account. When Rose missed time during the season, the Bulls still won important games. When the Wizards are pushing for a playoff spot, will they turn to Anthony Tolliver and think, 'I sure am glad we saved a few hundred thousand dollars by not re-upping James Singleton'? Will Ted feel penny-wise and pound-foolish if the Wizards end up on the wrong side of the playoffs, lose attendant revenue from those home games to trim insignificant salary in the name of subsidizing a miniscule portion of Andray Blatche's amnesty? Fans get romantic about professional sports, and while it isn't difficult for us to imagine James Singleton getting the team over the hump, it seems the Wizards front office, for better or worse, simply doesn't see the percentage.