Indiana Pacers free-agent center Ian Mahinmi, reportedly a Blazers target, announced that he will be taking his talents to the Beltway, agreeing to a deal with the Washington Wizards.
@WashWizards let's gooooo !!!!!!— Ian Mahinmi (@ianmahinmi) July 3, 2016
Cross "Plan I" off the list. Mahinmi reportedly agreed to a 4-year, $64 million deal with the Wizards, the same number that's been reported with the Lakers and Timofey Mozgov. The Wizards and Mahinmi moved quickly after the Wizards, who were reportedly part of the Al Horford chase, saw their prized target go to the Boston Celtics.
Ian Mahinmi to the Wizards for four years and $64 million, per league sources. Wizards moving on to Plan B after losing out on Al Horford.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) July 3, 2016
Mahinmi, who will be 30 at the start of the season, is coming off a career-best season in terms of offensive production. He started a career-high 71 games and shot an excellent 69 percent from 0-to-3 feet, a number 3 percentage points better than all of Portland's centers last season, according to Basketball-Reference.
Mahinmi also had comparable rim-protection numbers to Al Horford (49.5) and Karl-Anthony Towns (49.6) last season, with an allowed field goal percentage of 49.8, according to Nylon Calculus.
As far as free-agent centers go, it appears that Portland's hopes now rest in a "large offer" to Chicago free-agent big man Pau Gasol, who turns 36 on Wednesday.