In the immortal words of forward Kris Humphries, the Washington Wizards have done some "#work" this offseason. They're adding the former Wizards killer along with 2009 hopeful DeJuan Blair, which leaves Washington with plenty of depth and experience in their growing frontcourt. The moves, however, spell the end of the tenure of one Trevor Booker, who will play with the Utah Jazz next season.
Booker averaged 16.2 minutes in the 2014 Playoffs, scoring 3.3 points and securing 4.3 rebounds in that time. He never demonstrated a consistent mid-game, yet always presented the right form with his lefty stance. Regardless, Booker excelled at screens, and gave Washington speed in small ball line-ups which neither Humphries or Blair can deliver.
Humphries has played for 6 teams during his 10-year stay in the NBA, and the Wizards will be his 7th. He played 69 games in 2013-14 for the Boston Celtics, where he averaged 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes. He's a better halfcourt option than Booker from mid-range, and he's also a slightly better defender. For metrics, take a look at Humphries at 82 Games vs. Booker at 82 Games, and you'll see Humphries wins out.
As for Blair, who played his first four seasons with the San Antonio Spurs before dissenting to the Dallas Mavericks in 2013-14, one could say he is easily the best of the three in terms of efficiency. With a career average of 53.4% from the field after five seasons, having averaged 7.5 points and 5.6 rebounds in that time, the only thing he doesn't do well is shoot free throws. He isn't going to race down the court, but he gives depth to Washington's bench and some insurance given power forward Nene will play for Brazil this offseason. Washington will need a bench which can support the loss of Nene should he need rest during the season, and the addition of Blair affords that rest.
The Wizards community never quite gave GM Ernie Grunfeld a break after Washington let Blair slide in 2009, and this sign-and-trade does in fact bolster Grunfeld's reputation. The move for center Blair might also mean the end of Kevin Seraphin, who has had his ups and downs with Wizards Head Coach Randy Wittman over the years. Likewise, Seraphin fell out of favor with the fans. He showed off some potential--and had some success in the 2014 Playoffs--but he has also showed off some frustration over not getting minutes, the latter of which often speaks louder to fans than any would be highlights.
"DeJuan gives us a tough inside presence who can score and rebound at both frontcourt positions," said Grunfeld. "His addition makes our bench even deeper and will allow us to be flexible with our lineups." It's hard to say fans, and critics alike, will now praise Grunfeld, but this 2014-15 offseason has proved to be fairly promising for the Wizards. Should Washington find the Playoffs in 2015, Grunfeld will deserve a begrudging nod from even the most disheartened super fans. Should it fail, and fans not celebrate like it's 2009, this Paul Pierce and Blair experiment will be remembered as one of the more gutsy years of the Ted Leonsis era.