The San Antonio Spurs took a commanding 3-0 Western Conference Finals series lead over the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday in a 104-93 comeback OT victory. The Spurs were led by their “Big Three”–Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker–whom combined for 69 of San Antonio’s 104 points. Ginobili, however, will be a Free Agent come July 1, as well as center Tiago Splitter and forward DeJuan Blair, while the Washington Wizards have a few players under contract who might end up on the wire.
Assuming Washington will insta-sign Martell Webster come July 1, the Wizards will have four key players they can try to dish: Trevor Booker, Chris Singleton, Kevin Seraphin, and Jan Vesely. None of the four command much salary cap space, but only Booker represents high trade value. The other three have been left in the shadows, or, in the case of Vesely, brought to the light.
Going for Ginobili is not going to happen, and it’s hard to imagine the Spurs would part with a guy like Splitter. Blair, however, has not been much of a factor for San Antonio since they faced the beat up Los Angeles Lakers. Perhaps it’s too late for Wizards fans, who witnessed Washington leave Blair on the 2009 Draft Board in favor of Jermaine Taylor, but the rough and tough Blair could be a better fit in D.C. Taylor, if you were wondering, went straight to Houston, then Sacramento, then the D-League.
The last former Spur to wear a Wizards uniform was center Fabricio Oberto, who was 35-years-old at the end of his one-and-done season in Washington. He provided a body for the 2009-10 Wizards, but Washington lacked a Duncan inside to make use of Oberto’s passing skills and basketball IQ. Oberto retired in 2010-2011 as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The last former Wizard to wear a Spurs uniform was Alonzo Gee, who averaged 7.4 points for Washington over an 11-game span in 2009-10. He also shot the ball at a high clip, ending up 7-for-9 from three-point (77.8%) and 28-for-59 overall (47.5%). The Wizards didn’t mind letting Gee go despite his marks, and the Spurs scooped him up the next season. Washington had a second go at Gee that same season, yet–once again–the Wizards let Gee leave.
In his third year as a Cleveland Cavalier, Gee played and started in all 82 of Cleveland’s 2012-13 games. He averaged 10.3 points and knocked down 69-of-219 three-point attempts (31.5%).
Who of the four–Booker, Singleton, Seraphin, and Vesely–would you like to see stay in Washington? Who should go? Leave a comment below.