Wizards: What’s Next

With much of their roster now set for the 2016-17, how will the Wizards fill out the remainder of their depth chart? Ten players are in place, with two to five more on the way.

When it became crystal clear that Kevin Durant wasn’t interested, General Manager Ernie Grunfeld made a run at Plan B, but big man Al Horford chose the Boston Celtics after giving the Wizards strong consideration.

With the starters already set, Grunfeld signed free agents Ian Mahinmi, Andrew Nicholson, 2012 2nd round pick Tomas Satoransky and traded for Trey Burke. The four players are projected to join 2015 1st round pick Kelly Oubre on the Wizards second unit.

The Wizards have roughly $5 million in cap space, if as expected, they renounce their rights to Drew Gooden and Jarell Eddie, who have team options for this season. Washington also has the $2.9 million exception to work with.

The NBA requires a minimum of 12 players on rosters, with a maximum of 15 players allowed. Given the limited cap space remaining, Grunfeld may be able to squeeze in another veteran signing, maybe two, then fill in with un-drafted free agents.

DEPTH CHART

PG John Wall Trey Burke
SG Bradley Beal Tomas Satoransky
SF Otto Porter Kelly Oubre
PF Markeiff Morris Andrew Nicholson
C Marcin Gortat Ian Mahinmi

    2-5 REMAINING ROSTER SPOTS

The focus of the limited remaining cap is expected to go towards a swing man, capable of filling in at shooting guard and small forward. A third center would be the second option, followed by another point guard and potentially a pair of combo forwards.

VETERAN FREE AGENTS (still available)

SWINGMEN
Alan Anderson Wizards
Gerald Green Heat
Lance Stephenson Grizzlies
Dion Waiters Thunder (R)

FORWARDS
Maurice Harkless Blazers (R)
Terrence Jones Rockets
Thomas Robinson Nets
Derrick Williams Knicks

CENTERS
Jason Smith Magic
Jordan Hill Pacers
Festus Ezeli Warriors
Christian Wood 76ers
Meyers Leonard Blazers (R)
Tyler Zeller Celtics (R)
Miles Plumlee Bucks (R)

GUARDS
Ty Lawson Pacers
Langston Galloway Knicks
Shane Larkin Nets
Greivis Vazquez Bucks

(R)- Restricted

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS (Wizards Summer League Team)

PG Sterling Gibbs Connecticut
SG Sheldon McClellan Miami
SF Danuel House Texas A&M
PF Daniel Ochefu Villanova
C Kaleb Tarczewski Arizona

Cover Photo Courtesy @WashWizards

Next season, the salary cap again jumps and the free agent class is better. Trey Burke and Otto Porter will be restricted free agents, while the Wiz will have a team option with Kelly Oubre. The 2017 class has superstars like Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Steph Curry, the “Greek Freak”, Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, Nerlens Noel and many more.