What we learned: The Wizards acquired WPG’s Dewayne Dedmon and former NBA guard/forward Mike Miller on Tuesday, adding veteran power forward Ryan Anderson to their back office.
The Wizards signed former Portland Trail Blazers forward Mike Miller, who was traded to the Wizards last month.
The Wizards have a roster full of new faces, but it’s hard to find many fans who want to root for them.
Washington has played a lot of basketball under new head coach Mike Wittman, who inherited a team that lost to Cleveland in the first round of the playoffs last season.
Wittman has taken an aggressive approach in his first season in the job, making some tough decisions and not resting many starters.
But with the Wizards a year removed from a championship run, Wittman is making changes and making his roster a different one.
Wittman has also taken a harder stance on his starting five than some other teams, including the Warriors and Cavaliers.
The Warriors went 10-6 last season, winning six of their first seven games before losing to the Cavaliers.
Wittmann has kept starters like David Lee and Shaun Livingston on the court for nearly every game, but the Cavs’ Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving have been key contributors to their offense.
Anderson and Dedmon, both 6-foot-8 and 220 pounds, are a bit undersized at the power forward position.
But Dedmon is more of a two-way player than Anderson, and both have shown flashes of scoring in the past.
The 6-9 Anderson is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game in the preseason.
The 5-11 Dedmon has been playing well with his defensive rebounding, but he has never averaged more than 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Both players will join a Wizards roster that was filled with veterans when they were selected in the draft last spring.
Bucks center Jusuf Nurkic has started all 82 games for Milwaukee.
He’s averaging 10.5 rebounds and 4-of-12 from 3-point range and shooting a career-best 45.7 percent from beyond the arc in his career.
Cleveland is in need of another big, and the Cavaliers have several potential options on the wings, including former Bulls and Heat forward James Johnson and former Celtics and Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko.
Nurkic’s arrival in Cleveland comes after the Cavaliers were dealt by the 76ers in the deal that sent guard Ty Lawson to Philadelphia.
Nurkics has spent the first six months of his career in Cleveland, averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game.
He also has made 13 of 20 free throws.
He has been working on improving his jump shot, and he is a solid athlete who can play both inside and outside.