The Washington Wizards have been rumored in trade talks throughout the 2013-14 season. Now that the NBA trade deadline is nearing, it looks like Washington will not be making any trades or roster changes.
Since Washington will not be able to acquire a frontcourt player this season via trade, the team should begin looking into players that will be free agents this upcoming offseason. Washington was rumored to have interest in Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons. Monroe will become a free agent this offseason as well, but if the Wizards are already shopping around free agency, there are better players than Monroe.
One player the Wizards should pay attention to is Luol Deng, who was recently traded from the Chicago Bulls to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deng is currently in the final year of his contract. Right now, Cleveland is 20-33 and out of the playoff picture. Washington would be a good location for Luol to land and finish out his career in. For his career, he is averaging 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, while shooting 46 percent from field goal range and 34 percent from behind the arc. In a recent win over the Sacramento Kings, Deng had 22 points in 33 minutes and was 4-for-5 from three-point territory.
Deng is a very versatile player, who provides veteran experience and leadership. He is a great defensive player and he is also a great player in transition. His versatility would strengthen Washington’s frontcourt tremendously.
This upcoming offseason will be gigantic for Washington. No matter what, the team needs to focus on strengthening its starting frontcourt. There are some interesting players that will be free agents this offseason. Luol Deng is one of the upcoming free agents who would fit in well with the Wizards.