No moves at this time
The Wizards don't have any immediate plans to add another player, I was told today. That doesn't rule it out as a possibility but I thought that in light of the report in today's Rocky Mountain News, I'd do some asking about the issue.
According to the report, recently released Nuggets PG Mike Wilks said he has received some interest from the Wizards. That is true, as the Wiz have possible interest in several players who could potentially be added for depth purposes but it won't happen right now.
One issue, as has been laid out here before, is the luxury tax threshold ($67.86 million) The Wizards are right up against it (I believe the Wiz number is around $67.75 million right now) and adding a player could put them over. Teams that go over would pay a dollar-for-dollar tax. Also, teams that stay under get to divvy up the money from the teams that went over the following the season.
Not certain what that amount will be but I believe it is in the 2-3 million range. Therefore, signing even a minimum salary guy at this point could cost a lot. Now, I'm told that the Wiz don't have a hard and fast mandate to stay under but if they are going to go over, they don't want to do it for a 12th man.
From what I can gather, 12 teams are currently over: the Knicks (of course), Lakers, Rockets, Cavs, Blazers, Heat, Nuggets, Celtics, Sixers, Mavs, Pistons and Suns.
A note on rookie Oleksiy Pecherov, who has been out since late October with a hairline fracture in his right ankle. Pesh could be cleared to practice in two to three weeks. At that point, he will likely need at least a week or two of practice before being available to play.
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