The Wizards will sign Shelvin Mack out of the D-League, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Washington drafted Mack with the 34th overall pick in 2011 and waived him at the end of camp this year, absorbing his partial guarantee of $300K. Mack will get a new contract with the Wizards, likely for the minimum salary.
Mack has been playing with the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, and is the circuit’s 10th-leading scorer, at 20.2 points per game, and fifth-leading assist-maker, averaging 7.1 dimes per contest. He saw action in 64 games for Washington last season, posting numbers of 3.6 PPG and 2.0 APG in 12.2 minutes per game. The Wizards were reportedly looking for backcourt help following the release of Shaun Livingston and Earl Barron last night, but it’s unclear whether they’ll stop here or add a 15th player to the roster.
Wojnarowski tweets that Mack is expected to join the Wizards on Monday, which is the earliest he could do so, since Washington cannot fit him on to the roster until Livingston and Barron clear waivers. The Wizards don’t play again until Wednesday. Mack represents the latest in a series of point guards the team has turned to in the absence of John Wall, out indefinitely with an injured left patella. They chose Jannero Pargo over Mack to start the season, and waived Pargo in favor of Livingston on November 15th. A.J. Price has remained on the roster all season, but he’s currently on the shelf with a broken hand.