The Washington Wizards’ collection of veterans and draft picks finally paid off in the 2014-2015 season when they finished with a record 44-38, returned to the postseason and even won a series, taking down the Chicago Bulls in five games before falling to the Indiana Pacers in six games a round later.
The Wizards have two key free agents – center Marcin Gortat and small forward Trevor Ariza – they would like to re-sign, but they could also being aiming higher.
David Aldridge of NBA.com details how the Wizards could land Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh once they re-sign Gortat.
The next play would have been to find a taker for forward Martell Webster, due $5.3 million next season. But that has been complicated by Webster’s back surgery last Friday, likely to keep him out three to five months. Washington would certainly have to add a future first-rounder down the road to get someone to take Webster. A hard sell. But not impossible.
If the Wizards could pull that off, they’d get down to $46.3 million in commitments, including that new deal for Gortat. And that would give them enough room to offer Bosh the $15 million per season deal he reportedly is seeking. If they can’t clear Webster, the Wiz could double back and try to re-sign Ariza.
Bosh is said to be looking for a contract worth between $15 million and $16 million per season. Bosh averaged 16.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 51.6% from the floor, 33.9% from beyond the arc and 82.0% from the free throw line last season. In the postseason, he went for 14.9 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 50.7% from the field, 40.5% from three and 75.0% from the charity stripe.