ShareBullets: Some Wizards Summer League Invitees and Free Agent Musings
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Couple of reports on the Wizards summer league roster:
Via HoopsHype, Gray will be a Wizard in Vegas. Gray might best be described as a west coast, guard version of Etan Thomas, right down to the hair (at least in college). A feature by Dana O’Neill on ESPN.com tells of his Pacific Northwest, granola upbringing, his acting in college at Gonzaga, and his trip to Africa as part of a leadership program. In 2011, Gray and the Zags were taken down by The Jimmer and BYU in the NCAA Tournament; Gray had 18 points on 6-for-16 shooting and seven assists. Gray spent his “rookie” season in Latvia with up-and-down numbers.
FWIW, some Latvian stats: 44.3% on 3-point field goals with averages of 12.3 points and 24.5 minutes in 15 EuroChallenge games; 33.7% 3P, 10.9 points, and 21.4 minutes in 18 Baltic League games; and 46.5% 3P, 9.9 points, and 20.3 minutes in 23 Latvian League games.
[stats via eurobasket.com]
Via a Middle Tennessee State press release, Dendy will be one of the Wizards’ bigs in Vegas. The 6-foot-9 2012 Sun Belt Conference player of the year is well-traveled, if you will. He went to a couple different high schools in the Carolinas, one a suspicious diploma mill, and originally committed to Clemson. But, because of grades, he ended up at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, and after two season there, at Iowa State. After “The Mayor” Fred Hoiberg became coach of the Cyclones in 2010, Dendy soon determined that a transfer would be in his best interests. Thus, he ended up at Middle Tennessee where he averaged 27.6 minutes, 14.6 points, 53-percent from the field, 30.8-percent from the 3-point line (12-for-39), 57.4-percent on free-throws, 7.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.4 blocks and 2.4 turnovers as MTSU finished 27-7, 14-2 in the Sun Belt, and lost to Minnesota in the NIT quarterfinals.
Via a league source, Siler is slated to be another big man who will suit up for Washington out west. The 6-foot-11, pushing 300 pounds center completed his four-year career at Augusta State in 2009. Undrafted out of college, Siler saw action with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 summer league, was invited to training camp with the Atlanta Hawks that fall, got cut, and considered joining the D-League’s Utah Flash before deciding to spend 2009-10 in China with the Shanghai Sharks. Coming back stateside the next summer, he played for the Miami Heat in the 2010 summer league (where some thought he was more impressive than Dexter Pittman), before being signed to a 2-year minimum contract by the Phoenix Suns in September 2010. Siler saw 21 games with Phoenix, averaging 4.8 minutes as the backup center and pulling down a PER of 13.5. In January 2010, the Suns sent him down to the Iowa Energy of the D-League for 10-game stint. After the lockout, Phoenix brought him back to their roster, instituting a weight clause to keep Siler under 290 pounds. He didn’t see any action with Phoenix last season and only stayed on the roster until January 2, 2012 when the Suns waived him to make room for Michael Redd.
> A Cartier Affair
Ben Standig at Comcast SportsNet and Mike Prada at Bullets Forever break down the potential return of Cartier Martin. In all likelihood, Martin might be the most cost-effective backup wing to Chris Singleton and Trevor Ariza while also being able to swing to the 2. Count me in the “Bring Back Martin” camp — he led the Wizards in 3-point field goal percentage last season with .387 (29-for-75 in 17 ganes); this doesn’t count Trevor Booker’s 1-for-2 from deep last year, one being a made 35-footer just before the first half buzzer against the Lakers.
> Courtney Lee
Yahoo!’s Marc Spears reported that now-unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee (the Rockets rescinded the qualifying offer, some say so they can go after Jeremy Lin) is receiving interest from the Clippers, Pacers, Bulls, Mavericks, and Wizards.
The Post’s Michael Lee on Twitter wrote, in regard to Washington potentially signing Lee: “They have mid-level exception but won’t sign anyone to take away minutes from Crawford/Beal.”
What does it mean? Lee is an intriguing player, that’s for sure. ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz tweets: “Courtney Lee: Statistically best corner-3 shooter in NBA. Defender. Cutter. For Clippers’ needs, a far better choice than Jamal Crawford.”
So why, exactly, are the Wizards in the conversation? Well, if you’re Ernie Grunfeld, it doesn’t hurt to express interest. Sure, it’s doubtful that Lee would want to settle for Washington’s situation, amidst the unlikelihood that the Wizards would be willing to dish out too many multiple years with their MLE. But then again, Houston’s “situation” is one you’d expect Grunfeld to be predatory about, and GMs sometimes are known to acquire pieces to better maneuver for more trades down the road. Lee is valued around the league, clearly.
At Bullets Forever, Prada breaks down how Lee might be the anti-Nick Young.
> JaVello McGoo
Mark Kiszla goes through the JaVale McGee restricted free agency conundrum with the Nuggets.
My prediction: McGee will be a qualifying offer player for Denver next season, because I can’t imagine his camp settling for fair market value, which is around $9 million per year, so let’s say $45-50 million over five years. McGee is not worth the 4-year, $58 million deal Roy Hibbert will get (via offer sheet from Portland), which the Indiana Pacers will likely match. Sure, a shrinking market of center potential could turn monetary attention toward McGee once Hibbert’s issue is resolved, but the investment risk between the two players is vast.
Speaking of McGee, the equation for the below YouTube =
Scientist + computer + JaVale + China + shoe commercial + over-inflated value of the product being served up.
> Gentleman Jamison
Former Wizard Antawn Jamison is receiving interest from the Charlotte Bobcats, Los Angeles Lakers, and Golden State Warriors.
> Bittersweet Lew?
Michael Lee reports that the Wizards did New Orleans a solid in helping them be able to keep Eric Gordon, and Rashard Lewis is getting attention from the Heat, Spurs, Knicks, and Hawks.
> Les Bleus
Doesn’t look like Joakim Noah will be playing for France in the Olympics; he is still recovering from an ankle injury he experienced in the playoffs. So, more time for Kevin Seraphin we presume.
[Ball In Europe]
> Brad Beal Working It Out
Not sure when this happened — this particular YouTube was published on July 1 — but here’s some footage of Bradley Beal working out.
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