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NBA Free Agency: Wizards reportedly interested in Greek big man Giannis Bourousis

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The Wizards are reportedly interested in some big names this summer, but with so many positions to fill in free agency, they’ll still need to get creative with how they fill some of those spots. With that in mind, it looks like one of the ways they might try to add depth is going after Giannis Bourousis, a veteran big man from Greece that several teams (including the Spurs) are pursuing this summer, according to Aris Barkas of Eurohoops.net:

No offers can be made before the 1st of July, but the season of Bourousis who was the MVP of Liga Endesa and the best center in Euroleague have turned many heads in the States. It’s a well known fact that the Spurs tried to get Bourousis at the summer of 2009, but at the time the Greek center hesitated and didn’t leave Europe.

The Wizards’ reported interest in Bourousis builds on a recent trend of exploring international options this summer. The team is also reportedly trying to bring over Tomas Satoransky this summer, and they’ve signed Shawn Dawson, an Israeli native, to a deal play for the Wizards’ Summer League team.

Bourousis doesn’t have the same upside as Satoransky or Dawson (he turns 33 in November) but he could be an interesting veteran option off the bench behind Marcin Gortat. Last season, he averaged 13.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game and shot 39.5 percent from beyond the arc with Laboral Kutxa Baskonia, a team in Spain’s top division.

Here are highlights from a 32 point, 10 rebound, 4 assist performance against FC Barcelona in early June in which Bourousis scored on a buzzer-beater to knock off Tomas Satoransky’s club:

The trick for the Wizards with Bourousis would be trying to make a deal work that offers him enough money and playing time to convince him to play stateside and back up Marcin Gortat. It might not be easy to convince him to make such a move, but it’s encouraging to see the Wizards explore some outside-the-box options to add to their depth, and it’s always a good sign to see they’re pursuing someone the Spurs are going after.