Washington has done pretty well for itself this summer despite Paul Pierce leaving for the Clippers (which he might regret right about now).
They already had Otto Porter — who is ready for a step into the spotlight — reached a deal with solid veteran Jared Dudley, and they drafted for the potential future on the wing with Kelly Oubre. They can keep playing smaller at the four (as they did with Pierce in the playoffs), and they will have depth.
Now they’ve added more help on the wing with veteran shooter Gary Neal, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
J. Michael at CSNWashington.com explains how they filled a real need with this signing — and in a way that doesn’t hurt plans down the line.
Neal fills a glaring hole behind Bradley Beal at shooting guard, giving the Wizards a 6-4 career 38.1% shooter from three-point range. The deal also meets a key requirement for the Wizards: short-term and no impact on the salary cap for 2016 when they want maximum money available to pursue Kevin Durant.
The Wizards still have their mid-level exception to use. More than that, they have been shopping Nene around the league and as other teams miss out on their free agent targets those talks may gain more traction.
After losing Paul Pierce to the Clippers on Wednesday, the Wizards are in need of a new small forward, and it looks like they’re about to get one. Jared Dudley surprisingly opted into the final year and $4.25 million of his contract with the Bucks, and ESPN.com’s Marc Stein is reporting that Milwaukee is sending him to Washington for a future pick.
Dudley isn’t Pierce, but he’s considerably younger (29 to Pierce’s 37) and he’s a solid defender and shooter (his career mark from three-point range is 39.6 percent). Considering they aren’t giving up anything of significance for him, it’s a nice pickup for the Wizards.
Doc Rivers filled a major hole on the Clippers, signing Paul Pierce.
Rivers, of course, coached Pierce with the Celtics. That didn’t make the signing any better, but it probably helped lure Pierce to Los Angeles (as did L.A. being Pierce’s native city).
Likewise, this wouldn’t be a good signing because Rivers coached Kendrick Perkins. This wouldn’t be a good signing at all.
Arash Markazi of ESPN:
Why stop at Perkins?
Kevin Garnett (who has yet to sign anything officially), Rajon Rondo (who’s talking with the Kings) and Ray Allen are also free agents. Get the whole band back together.
At least a few of those players – all but Perkins – would actually help the Clippers.
Perkins, 30, has struggled the last few years and has declined even within that span. He might have intangible and leadership value.
But the Clippers just lost a playoff series because their short bench caused them to ran out of gas. They still have major depth questions, and that’s the optimistic spin. They can’t afford to use a roster spot on Perkins, who’s so limited on the court.