The Washington Wizards are usually the team spending an absurd amount of money in hopes of landing a big name free agent. This free agent period has been totally different for them, after losing Paul Pierce, they didn’t overreact. They calmly let the free agency get to the second tier of prospects, then they acquired several players that can help them in a reserve role.
With the Clippers getting Pierce, Washington acquired Jared Dudley from the Bucks for a future second round pick. Dudley rebounded from a down year with the Clippers last season in Milwaukee. While he only averaged seven points a game, his field goal percentage spiked back up. His size and build allowed him to play power forward in small ball lineups for the Bucks. Something that might be utilized here in D.C. as well. Dudley also has some offensive value, he’s shot 39% from beyond the arc for his career. That certainly can’t hurt the Wizards.
Washington wasn’t done after landing Dudley in the trade, they also made two signings in free agency. The first being the sharp shooting Gary Neal. He struggled last year as a member of the Timberwolves and Hornets, but over his career he’s proved that he can hit the three-ball. For his career, Neal is shooting 38% from beyond the arc, that’s after shooting a career low 29% from deep last season. He should be able to rebound this year as the Hornets may have had the worst offense in the league last season. Neal was really the lone shooter on the roster and rarely got to play with the two best offensive players in Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker. That should change in Washington as even their second unit has better spacing than Charlotte’s starting bunch last season.
Neal wasn’t the only player Washington signed to a one year deal, yesterday they landed Alan Anderson. The Wizards added more depth with this signing, Anderson is a 6’6 220 pound guard that could play up a position in small ball situations as well as defend in more traditional lineups. Anderson has shown that he’s not scared of anyone on either end of the floor, anything he adds on the offensive end will be a bonus.
In three subtle transactions, the Wizards are much closer to filling out their roster than most others. The last item of business is figuring out who to add as depth in the front court, specifically at power forward or center. While none of these three are Paul Pierce, Washington did a solid job of adding guys that can help them immediately off of the bench.