Dream Signing: Washington Wizards
  • Evan Dyal

Dream Signing: Washington Wizards


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I will preface this by saying that the Washington Wizards would likely need to do some cap maneuvering to make this happen. Favors made $12 million this season and are probably looking for a deal in the three year/$40 million range. The Wizards are likely to be about $4 million over the luxury tax, but they can make some moves to open up cap space.

That likely means salary dumping either Ian Mahinmi or Markieef Morris, and to do so Washington would likely have to attach either draft picks or young players like Kelly Oubre Jr. or Tomas Satoransky. If they can do that, then the Wizards should have enough room for a guy like Favors.

After trading Marcin Gortat to the L.A Clippers for Austin Rivers, they are desperately thin up front. DeAndre Jordan will probably be too pricey, Demarcus Cousins would require giving up Otto Porter Jr and the other bigs available probably don’t move the needle much for the Wizards.

Favors is an excellent fit for the Wizards. He can play either frontcourt spot and is a good defender. Favors can rebound, play in the post, has a face-up game and a mid-range jumper plus is an all right passer. Rumors are he is working on a three-pointer.

He is at his best as a roll-man and will be perfect with John Wall. Favors can replace Gortat seamlessly in the middle, as he is a good screener, with reliable hands and can finish inside. He is also a monster on the offensive glass.

In Utah, the fit with Favors and Gobert was never perfect. Favors still managed to average 12 points and seven rebounds in only 28 minutes per game. With a more significant role and more time at the five spot, Favors could put up bigger numbers. He is still only 26 and has some upside.

The money would be tight to make this work for the Wizards, but it is possible. Favors would be the most athletic big the Wizards have had in a long time. Washington should do what it takes to make it happen the fit is excellent.

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