It is very easy to overlook the Washington Wizards. They are in contention for the title about as often as the Earth is under threat of alien invasion, they haven’t had an outsized personality in the locker room since Gilbert Arenas was telling Javaris Crittendon to “Pick One,” and they will undoubtedly be kept off national television next season because they just aren’t sexy. But you know what? They could very well contend for the best record in the Eastern Conference. Many
Yes, there are still free agents out there and teams still have slots to fill. But most of the big names are gone, and most of the contenders are done reloading, retooling or rebuilding for the 2014-15 season. With that in mind, here is another edition of the Three-Man Weave, looking specifically at the balance of power in the Eastern Conference and how it has shifted. 1. Which team is the favorite in the Eastern Conference?
The Houston Rockets will decline to match the three year, $46 million offer sheet that Chandler Parsons signed with the Dallas Mavericks earlier this week. Parsons, a terrific young forward in the NBA, was strangely made a restricted free agent a year early by the Rockets with the hopes to bring him back on a reasonable long-term contract. That backfired thanks to Mark Cuban and the Mavericks, who have successfully added the wing talent they have been looking for over the past few
The Washington Wizards have wasted no time in bolstering up their depth charts after losing Trevor Ariza in free agency to the Houston Rockets. The Wizards have engaged in talks with veteran small forward Paul Pierce to replace the gap left by Ariza. The news was broken earlier this evening by ESPN’s Marc Stein via Twitter.
Teams around the NBA joined the off-season frenzy sparked by the beginning of the free agency period. The Chicago Bulls were no exception to this as they played host to All-Star free agent, Carmelo Anthony.
WASHINGTON WIZARDS 2014-15 Free Agents: F Chris Singleton, F Al Harrington, G Glen Rice Jr. (T) 2014 Draft Picks: None Draft Picks Coming: None Draft Picks Going: None Trade Exceptions: Emeka Okafor ($1,250,000, expires Oct. 27, 2014); Trevor Ariza ($4,250,000, expires July 13, 2015) Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: Used on Andray Blatche (2012) Stretch Provision: Available SALARIESPLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19John Wall $14,750,000$15,850,000 $16,960,000 $18,060,000 $19,170,000Nene Hilario $13,000,000 $13,000,000Marcin Gortat $12,000,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000 $12,000,000Martell Webster $5,380,000 $5,610,000 $5,850,000Paul Pierce $5,310,000 $5,540,000Andre Miller $4,630,000Bradley Beal $4,510,000 $5,690,000$7,470,000Kris Humphries $4,250,000 $4,500,000 $4,500,000Otto Porter $4,470,000 $4,660,000 $5,890,000 $7,730,000Kevin Seraphin $3,900,000DeJuan Blair $2,000,000 $2,000,000 $2,000,000Drew Gooden $1,450,000Garrett Temple $980,000 $1,020,000Glen Rice Jr. $820,000TOTAL SALARY $77,450,000 $69,870,000 $54,670,000 $37,790,000 $31,170,000Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM SALARY INDEX
It has been a tough couple of seasons for the 34-year-old Al Harrington, who has rarely played in stints with the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards due to various knee injuries and subsequent surgeries. He played just 10 games for the Magic last season, and managed to play 34 games for the Wizards this season. The veteran forward has played sparingly in the playoffs, but did the most he could when called upon. In Game 4 against the Indiana Pacers, Harrington
I don’t know about you, but I am sick and tired of trying to figure out the Indiana Pacers. Has there ever been a team that was such a power house for 80 percent of the season that has collapsed like these guys have? They are excruciating. One more win gets them into the Eastern Conference finals, but they were nowhere near ready to put the hammer down Tuesday night in Game 5 against the Washington Wizards. Marcin Gortat looked like a Polish