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The Wizards face a predicament this summer. They have gobs of cap space to pursue free agents with this summer, but the free agent class is shallow this summer and Washington and they're far from the only team with money to spend this summer. The spike in cap space this summer means it will be easier for teams to keep the players they want and harder for the Wizards to get a word in edgewise when there are so many teams who can offer a more appealing market or a longer track record of success.
The other challenge is that Washington doesn't have many trade chips to facilitate a move for whatever high-profile players might be available. John Wall is untouchable, it would be hard to make a sign-and-trade deal work with Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat are on such well-priced contracts that it wouldn't make sense to trade them unless they were getting a clear upgrade in return, the Wizards probably don't want to get rid of Otto Porter and Kelly Oubre, and it would be unwise to trade away more first-rounders after dealing away two of their last three.
Washington's best trade asset very well may prove to be its cap space. If they can't use it to sign free agents outright, they can use it to absorb the contracts of players that other teams want to unload so they can chase after players in free agency this summer.
We've seen Washington use this strategy in the past. In 2012, they traded Rashard Lewis, whose contract was set to expire, to New Orleans in exchange for Trevor Ariza and Emeka Okafor. The Wizards were taking the risk that they could get more value with someone else's unwanted players than what they'd get overpaying for someone on the open market. We saw them employ a similar strategy last summer when they acquired Jared Dudley.
Given Washington's challenges this summer, it wouldn't be shocking to see the Wizards explore trying that strategy again this summer. Here are a few players who could make sense in Washington if their current teams need to clear some cap room for a big move.
Why the Lakers may open to trading him: The Lakers have young players like D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson who need time to develop. And if the Lakers are able to pull off a big coup and sign some high profile free agents this summer, especially someone like DeMar DeRozan, there may not be a place for Williams next season.
How he could help the Wizards: Despite being stuck on a moribund Lakers roster last season, Williams' numbers didn't drop off all that much from what he did in Toronto. Believe it or not, he actually shot more effectively on less shot attempts with the Lakers than he did with the Raptors. He'll always have his deficiencies on the defensive end, and he's not the greatest passer, but you could do a lot worse for $7 million per year over the next two seasons.
Why the Thunder may want to dump him: Collison (who turns 36) averaged a career-low 11.8 minutes per game with the Thunder this season, as Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter, and Steven Adams swallowed up most of the Thunder's big man minutes. Those big men, along with the developing Mitch McGary, should only get better and take on more playing time next season.
If Kevin Durant comes back, the Thunder won't have much cap room to add to what they already have, but trading Collison for a trade exception would give them a chance to acquire someone who has a better chance of making an impact on the court next season.
How he could help the Wizards: Collison played under Scott Brooks during his entire tenure with the Thunder. If Brooks wanted to have someone on the roster who was familiar with how he did things in Oklahoma City to help speed along the Wizards' adjustment to their new coach.
Why the Knicks may want to dump him: Afflalo has a $8 million player option for the 2016-17 season. If he exercises it, the Knicks won't have enough cap space to offer someone a max contract this summer, unless they deal him to a team with cap space, like Washington.
How he could help the Wizards: He's not quite what he was during his peak days in Orlando and Denver, but he's still a reliable outside shooter (he shot 38.2 percent from deep last season) and he can still do some positive things on the defensive end. He'd be a nice insurance policy in case Bradley Beal gets injured again.
Why Houston may want to dump him: Everyone on the Rockets struggled this season, but Brewer felt the brunt of it more than most. His production fell across the board after signing a three-year, $24 million contract last summer.
Houston has never been afraid to make sweeping changes, and now that they've hired Mike D'Antoni, there will be an extra emphasis to bring in players that fit in his schemes. If they feel Brewer isn't the right fit for the future, or if they have a chance to acquire some stars and need to clear cap space, they won't hesitate to find a new spot for him.
How he could help the Wizards: Brewer seems like a perfect candidate to get a boost from the John Wall effect. He's never been shy about firing away from deep, even though he's never been great at it. Playing with Wall should help boost those shooting numbers and he's still great at getting up and down the court, which would make him another threat for the Wizards in transition as well.
Why Brooklyn may want to dump him: The Nets have some new management and may just want to cut ties with their pricey veterans to clear cap space and avoid a situation where their best players get devalued while they're trapped in a lengthy rebuild. Young, moreso than the other candidates listed, might need to be offered more than just cap space to make a trade happen, but at the same time, Young still has three years and over $38 million left on his contract. (NOTE: As Jheiser3 mentioned in the comments, Young has a trade kicker, so his salary would go up 15 percent if he's dealt.)
How he could help the Wizards: Young turns 28 this month, so he still has some good years left in the tank, and he'd give the Wizards another big man with some perimeter skills on the offensive and defensive end. He'd be a bit of a luxury considering the team already has Markieff Morris, but if they can't land a big name free agent, he's a luxury the team can afford.