Wizards Pass on Draft, Look to Free Agency for Roster Upgrades

June 27, 2014 | Nick Dorsey

The Washington Wizards only had one draft pick in the 2014 NBA draft and it was a second rounder. Considered one of the best draft classes in over a decade, the Wizards were without a first round pick.

Washington dealt this years first round pick last year to the Phoenix Suns for starting center Marcin Gortat. The Wizards first round pick was the 18th selection, which the Suns used to select point guard Tyler Ennis from Syracuse.

Without a first round selection, the Wizards were left with just one more pick at 46. They are still in need for some depth with size, but were unable to come away with a new addition to the roster.

Jordan Clarkson was selected with the 46th pick, a versatile guard from Missouri. Washington was not in need of a guard, so they traded the rights to Clarkson to the Lakers for cash in return.

The draft was not a big deal for the Wizards this year as they have many challenges ahead in free agency, which starts July 1st. The first of their challenges is to re-sign Marcin Gortat.

Gortat was an impact player and a big difference maker in why Washington was able to get into the playoffs. Losing Gortat would be costly not only because of the playmaking he brings to the floor, but because they gave up a first rounder for him.