The Washington Wizards are quickly approaching one of the most important and unpredictable summers in the history of their franchise. The team will have plenty of money to spend on talent and lots of roster spots that need to be filled, even once you factor in the max deal they'll likely offer Bradley Beal to keep him in Washington.
To help guide the process (and give us something to talk about because the Wizards don't have a draft pick this summer) we've created a list ranking the Top 30 players available, based strictly on their talent and how they would help the Wizards.
But before we can start arguing about who should go where next week, first let's take a look at some of the players who won't make the list because they're unattainable or just missed the cut.
Players who weren't ranked because there's no way they're coming to Washington
LeBron James - Please don't start conspiracy theories about how LeBron could wind up in D.C. because he has the same agent as John Wall. Don't do that.
Tim Duncan/Manu Ginobili - Probably retiring, if they aren't, they're definitely not going to follow MJ's path and finish their careers in Washington.
Dwyane Wade & Dirk Nowitzki - Never gonna happen.
Mike Conley - He isn’t coming to Washington to back up John Wall.
Dion Waiters - Not in a million years.
Players who just missed the cut for the Top 30 (in no particular order)
Seth Curry - He closed the season on a tear, averaging 16.4 points and 5.3 assists per game in April while shooting 48.9 percent from deep. The Wizards could always use another young shooter who has room to grow and develop, but he's not well-rounded enough to justify a spot in the Top 30. That said, the Wizards would be silly not to give him a long, hard look this summer.
Jeff Green - He just gives off the vibe that he'd either put it all together in Washington while the team struggled, or that he'd languish on the bench as the team figured out how to be great without him. Either way, it's hard to see the Clippers letting him go considering they just gave up a first round pick for him in February, so he's probably not a player the Wizards will have a shot at anyways.
Ersan Ilyasova - He had a down year with the Pistons and Magic this year, but he's still one of the better shooting 4's who still has the size of a more traditional power forward. He's not as good as Ryan Anderson or some of the other stretch 4's available this summer, but he might be one of the more cost-effective options available this summer.
Brandon Jennings - Like Ilyasova, dealt with some struggles this season, especially because he's still recovering from his Achilles injury. Ernie Grunfeld has had some success in the past buying low on players who are recovering from injury issues, and Jennings might be a player worth taking a flyer on as a reclamation project this summer. That said, if they want to make him Wall's backup they'd need to invest a lot in putting effective scoring around him, considering his field goal percentage has hovered around 40 percent most of his career, even before last year's injury.
Pau Gasol & Al Jefferson - Another slow-footed big man won't solve the Wizards' problems, even if they’re still solid on the other end.
Jordan Hill - He turns 29 in July and may have already hit his peak. His scoring and rebounding numbers have dipped in each of the past two seasons with the Lakers and Pacers, and it's not like he's a stalwart on the defensive end. He wouldn't be a terrible fit as the team's backup center, but there are other guys out there who are either better or most cost-efficient.
Michael Beasley - He played really, really well for the Rockets at the end of the season, in spite of all the turmoil and chaos with Houston this season. He averaged 25.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per 36 minutes after joining the team and didn't cause any problems in the locker room. Plus, he has connections with Kevin Durant, which would be a nice little perk if the Wizards want to sweeten their pitch.
That said, it's also worth noting their Net Rating with Beasley on the court was not great. He's still not a great passer or defender, but at least he's more effective at the stuff he does offer.
Ian Mahinmi - He's coming off a very quiet, but effective season in Indiana. He can add a lot of value defensively, on the glass, and as an efficient scorer who doesn't need the ball in his hands a lot. That said, he'll turn 30 early next season so he might not match last year's output again and as we've said before, more old legs probably won't help the Wizards' frontcourt issues.
Timofey Mozgov - Basically the same story as Mahinmi, but a little bit better. He'll probably want a little bigger role than the Wizards can offer, but he'd be a nice addition if they can get him.
Matthew Dellavedova - Once you get past all the scrappy platitudes, there's a solid player here. He shot over 40 percent from deep each of the past two seasons, improved his passing, and can hold his own defensively. He'd be a solid, young option to backup John Wall and would fit well beside him in certain lineups. That said, it's hard to imagine Cleveland letting him go unless they get crunched by the luxury tax.