The Washington Wizards continue to audition prospects ahead of the NBA Draft on June 22, with the idea of finding of finding someone to play behind star point guard John Wall.
Per The Washington Post:
Through the seven years with Wall as the franchise’s leading man, a rotating cast of rentals has filled the space behind him. The names read like answers to trivia questions. Rookie Shelvin Mack provided backup to Wall in his second season. A.J. Price started 22 games during Wall’s injury-plagued third year. Then along came Eric Maynor … and Andre Miller… and Ramon Sessions.
Following the end of the 2016-17 season, Wall reflected on the latest names added to that carousel of backups (Trey Burke, Tomas Satoransky, Brandon Jennings) and offered his opinion on the root of the problem. According to Wall, these backups have carried too much expectations.
Former Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr. and ex-Maryland guard Melo Trimble are among those to have auditioned for the Wizards, The Post reported.
The Wizards’ lone selection is near the end of the second round — No. 52 overall. So finding relief for Wall may have to come through a trade or free agency.
In other Wizards news, this interesting nugget comes via Hoops Rumors:
There are a number of eligible frontcourt alternatives that the Wizards could pursue should they decide to part ways with Marcin Gortat and Ian Mahinmi, including a pair of bigs who plied their trade for playoff contenders in 2016/17. J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic discusses what players like Dewayne Dedmon and Kelly Olynyk could bring to the table.