The first day of free agency passed, and the Wizards didn't officially re-sign any of their free agents yet. That's not to say that there wasn't any news. In fact, that was hardly the case.
There's news surrounding the free agency of DeShawn Stevenson, Andray Blatche, and Jarvis Hayes. Per the Washington Times.
On the other hand, maybe the article itself needs to be disregarded. Ivan Carter doesn't usually make an appearance in the comments section of Wizards Insider, but he did pop in after his latest blog entry to provide this update.
Newspaper battle sure are fun, aren't they? In all seriousness, neither report is wrong, per se. If DeShawn is really searching for a 5 year contract, the Wizards should definitely balk, especially after drafting a cheaper version in Nick Young. At the same time, there were times before all the injuries when he carried the team and was considered the fourth-best player on the team. Even if they were all open shots, shooting 50 percent is no easy picnic for a guard, and while he wasn't a lockdown defender, he was better than anyone there before. Hopefully, the two sides can just settle on something like 4 years and 16 million. The fact that Jason freaking Kapono is going to make 6 million a year next year (for Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors, no less) isn't exactly the best omen.
Assuming the Wizards have only the MLE left to spend (they plan on using the veterans exception on Calvin Booth), who would you guys try to sign? Do you even use the MLE when we're close to the luxury tax threshold? Lots of questions, let's think of some potential answers.