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The Wizards Will Regret Trading Jordan Clarkson

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:47 AM
By Matt Graber

                                                                                              

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By most accounts, the Washington Wizards have had a successful offseason so far. They resigned Marcin Gortat, added veteran Paul Pierce, and bolstered their front court rotation with solid big men like Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. In addition, Otto Porter Jr. and Glen Rice Jr. were dynamic in the Summer League, with Rice winning MVP honors. However, Rice and Porter aren't the Summer Leaguers tantalizing Wizards fans with their potential. As Wizards draftee and current Lakers rookie guard Jordan Clarkson continues to impress, he'll have Wizards fans wondering what could have been. 

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Are the Wizards’ Bench Woes a Thing of the Past?

July 21st, 2014 at 11:34 AM
By Matt Graber

                                                                                         

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Over the past few seasons, the Wizards have been blessed with quality starters but plagued by a weak bench. The disappointing play of players like Jan Vesely, Chris Singleton, and Eric Maynor has killed the Wizards in past years, and the last years playoff run was hindered by a lack of depth and scoring off the bench. On paper, the Wizards should again have one of the best starting fives in the East. John Wall, Bradley Beal, Paul Pierce, Nene and Marcin Gortat provide a nice balance of shooting, athleticism, size, defense and experience. The difference this year is that the drop off between the starters and their bench replacements shouldn't' be nearly as dramatic. The Wizards should field a much deeper and experienced bench this season, an improvement that could prove vital come playoff time. 

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Washington Wizards to Retain Garrett Temple and Kevin Seraphin

July 19th, 2014 at 12:33 PM
By Matt Graber

                                                       

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The Washington Wizards appear to have their roster for the upcoming season pretty much set, as the team will retain the services of guard Garrett Temple and forward Kevin Seraphin. Temple will sign a 2 year deal at the veteran's minimum of $981,084 with a player option of slightly over $1 million for the second year, while Seraphin agreed to a $3.9 million qualifying offer. 

Temple will remain low on the team's depth chart, behind John Wall and Andre Miller at point guard and Bradley Beal and Glen Rice Jr. at shooting guard. However, the 6'6" guard is a solid defender and could see an uptick in minutes in the event of an injury or if Rice shows that he isn't ready for more minutes. The 28 year old veteran averaged 1.8 PPG last year and has career averages of 3.4 PPG, 1.4 RPG and 1.4 APG.

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Durant’s Dilemma: Will He Go to DC or Stay in OKC?

July 18th, 2014 at 12:45 PM
By Matt Graber

                                                                                           

The idea of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant signing with the Washington Wizards in 2016 is an idea that has been gathering steam for the past week or so. What began as a pipe dream among Wizards fans has slowly become a realistic, if still unlikely, scenario thanks to the recent rise of Washington as a strong free-agent destination. With players like Paul Pierce recognizing the Wizards as a talented young team with a chance to seriously compete, the franchise is rapidly moving away from the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton days and is finally on the verge of becoming a legitimate NBA power again. But whether this is enough to woo Durant away from the Thunder remains to be seen. 

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Re-Examining the Eastern Conference Power Structure in the Aftermath of Free Agency

July 16th, 2014 at 12:59 PM
By Matt Graber

NBA free agency is in full swing, and a series of staggering moves have totally reshaped the Eastern Conference landscape. LeBron James is back in Cleveland, Carmelo Anthony is still in New York, Pau Gasol joined the Bulls, Lance Stephenson spurned the Pacers to join the Hornets, and Paul Pierce will replace Trevor Ariza in DC. The East is no longer a laughing stock; this is now a deep and competitive conference. Who got better, who got worse, and who has a shot at the Finals?

The Favorite – Chicago Bulls

The Bulls adding Pau Gasol was a solid move that gave them another scorer and another strong veteran presence. Gasol and import Nikola Mirotic will add a scoring punch to the Bulls front court and will benefit from playing with a defensive stud like Joakim Noah. Noah, Taj Gibson, Gasol and Mirotic should form a deep and talented front court. The team also added rookie Doug McDermott to add shooting that was severely lacking in last year's playoff loss to the Wizards. The big question mark, of course, of point guard Derrick Rose. Coming off two serious knee injuries, it remains to be seen if Rose can return to his explosive, MVP form. But if he's able to stay healthy and solidify the point guard spot, this team should have the scoring to match their stifling defense and should seriously compete for the East crown.

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