Wizards Seeking Big Man

February 12 2014 at 2:54pm CDT By Chuck Myron

The Wizards are seeking a big man in addition to their push for a backup point guard, tweets Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report. They’ve shown interest in Greg Monroe and Taj Gibson in recent weeks, though their willingness to pursue an extension with soon-to-be free agent Marcin Gortat suggests they’re not looking for a change at starting center. Power forward Nene┬áis in the midst of a five year, $65MM deal that runs through 2015/16, so it would seem unlikely that Washington could send him away.

GM Ernie Grunfeld and company are probably in the market for a big man who’d back up either Gortat, Nene, or both. Gibson could fill that role, as he does for the Bulls, but it’d be difficult for the Wizards, who can’t trade any of their first-round picks, to accommodate Gibson’s $7.55MM salary without surrendering a starting player or going into the luxury tax. Washington is roughly $1.3MM shy of the tax line. Monroe is cheaper, since he’s still on his rookie deal, but he, too, would probably require a significant return.

Zwerling reiterates Washington’s interest in Andre Miller, which Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported Tuesday. The Wizards are also targeting Beno Udrih, as Stein noted.

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