LeBron James isn't coming to Washington. Neither is Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh or any other big name when NBA free agency begins Thursday.
Hey, the Wizards already have two Great Walls of China. Don't get greedy.
In the biggest free agency bonanza since 1996 -- when Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Jordan and Alonzo Mourning were available -- the NBA balance of power could land anywhere.
Just not in Washington.
When the Wiz won the draft's top pick, free agency became irrelevant. Washington picked up a cornerstone in rookie John Wall. The question over the second building block -- Gilbert Arenas -- is still in doubt. At best, Agent Zero is traded. The rumored deal for Orlando's Vince Carter would be great for Washington.
Washington has rebuilt its roster through the draft and trades. Getting Kirk Hinrich and French rookie Kevin Seraphin were good moves. Obtaining New Jersey's Yi Jianlian is interesting. Adding Clemson forward Trevor Booker brings some muscle. The Wizards even added former Maryland guard Eric Hayes and Georgetown big man Michael Sweeney to the summer league roster. Hayes might not be Terrapins predecessor Steve Blake, but he's a solid reserve.
The Wiz will look for someone in the second tier of free agency even though they could compete for a max free agent. New owner Ted Leonsis isn't paying the silly money destined for top players. He'll find a respectable frontcourt player, maybe Josh Childress -- now in Greece -- or Miami's Udonis Haslem.
But for a team that one month ago had practically no starters, the Wiz are shaping up nicely. They're not yet a title contender but should make the playoffs next season. After two miserable years, that's a big move.
Meanwhile, what happens leaguewide will be fascinating. King James rumors are everywhere from New York to New Jersey, Chicago to Miami. Maybe he's staying in Cleveland. Wherever he goes, that team becomes the new Eastern Conference favorite.
Pulling James from his hometown of Cleveland won't be easy. New Jersey will be tempting with a Brooklyn arena on the way, but Miami seems to be the front-runner. If Wade stays with the Heat and combines with James, Pat Riley is back atop the NBA. There's even talk Bosh met with James and Wade recently to discuss creating a super team. That would almost seem unfair.
The Wiz aren't major players. For once, it's a smart move.
Rick Snider has covered local sports since 1978. Read more at TheRickSniderReport.com and Twitter @Snide_Remarks or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.